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WASP: 3D printing eco-homes with local clay

Thursday 29 Apr, 4:30pm6:00pm
Thursday 29 Apr, 4:30pm6:00pm

In this Smart Citizens' Sustainable Design Talk, hosted in collaboration with Making Futures Research Group, we will hear how WASP, Italy's pioneering specialists in 3D printing, are tackling housing inequality and the unviable consumption of natural resources through innovative and sustainable construction processes.

During this talk the WASP team will explore the inspiration and processes behind their TECLA clay house; the first fully 3D printed construction based on natural materials and made with multiple 3D printers operating at the same time. Engineered by WASP and designed by Mario Cucinella Architects, TECLA presents a new circular model of housing: entirely created with reusable and recyclable materials, sourced from local soil, carbon-neutral and adaptable to any climate and context.

Through the lens of this project, we will discover how the value of local clay can be amplified by digital design, revolutionising our understanding of sustainable housing.

This talk will be followed by a Q&A session to explore ways of getting started with digital clay printing in Plymouth.

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