WASP: 3D printing eco-homes with local clay

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    16:30 — 18:00
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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.

"From the shapeless earth to the earth as house shaped. Today we have the knowledge to build with no impact in a simple click. Technology is now at the human service and the home as a birthright is real."

— Massimo Moretti, WASP (World's Advanced Saving Project) Founder


Lapo Naldoni, Building engineer and computational designer

Alberto Chiusoli, Building engineer and computational designer

Who is this Workshop For?

This talk is open to everyone and is perfect for those who want to learn more about sustainable design practices, circular economies and the latest innovations in 3D printing and digital design.

Please note: this talk will be hosted online through Google Meet (no sign-up required).

Images: WASP

Video: TECLA house, engineered by WASP and designed by MC A – Mario Cucinella Architects.

Credit: WASP