Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Who Wants to Live in a Solar-Powered, 3D-Printed Sandcastle in the Desert?

Who Wants to Live in a Solar-Powered, 3D-Printed Sandcastle in the Desert?

Deserts cover about one-fifth of the Earth and they're still growing, thanks to global desertification. At the same time, the world's population keeps swelling, and we're running out of places to put people. So if we could only innovate a way to make the desert habitable, that could theoretically kill two birds with one stone. Right?

So figures a team of Chinese designers that has come up with latest techno-utopian vision for our future-homes: desert skyscrapers, made with 3D-printed sand and powered by the sun.

The team, Qiu Song, Kang Pengfei, Bai Ying, Ren Nuoya, and Guo Shen, presented a concept for this community of ecological desert structures, dubbed "Sand Babel," at the annual eVolo skyscraper design competition and their idealistic vision earned them an honorable mention.

"When we first visited the Sahara Desert in Southern Algeria and saw a seemingly boundless expanse of sand further than the eye could see," the project plan explains. "As a designer, not a science fiction movie director, my initial instinct to transform the desert led us to begin a feasibility study on constructing manmade residences in the desert ... that both expands the amount of living space for the growing population of the Earth, and protects against the increasing threat of desertification."

For the rest of the story: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/who-wants-to-live-in-a-solar-powered-3d-printed-sandcastle-in-the-desert

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