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Monday, January 19, 2009

A green emergency housing solution

The Universal World House has been designed to provide an eco-smart solution to housing issues in third-world refugee camps and shanty towns. Costing about $5000, the 390-square-foot modular house is a green marvel built of resin-soaked cellulose and can withstand 50 years in the elements. Insulating honeycomb-shaped cells of recycled paper and forced air provide structural stability to the walls.

Featuring built-in beds for 8 and a small bathroom (see green box above), the house has been designed "so that a family can slaughter an animal on the veranda, wash it in the shower and hang it, along with fish, on an integrated washing line.”

The designer, Swiss-based company Wall AG, aims to build the fabricating machines in Europe, "and then send them, along with the raw materials, to the target country. The houses are then put together on the spot, creating local jobs and reducing transport costs."

More than 2000 of the houses have been ordered for use in Nigeria, and several other African countries have expressed interest.

[The Times]

6 comments:

Ausrine said...

wow genius.

hmstrjam said...

i'll take one

Cristin said...

I saw this earlier today somewhere... so very cool...

Awesome Sara said...

that's as cool as those homes built on giant rafts. in india somewhere these homes are bulit on floaties and when a monsoon comes, homes and farms don't get washed away. So families still have their homes and farms. KISSES!!

Decorina said...

Great!

erin@designcrisis said...

I know I should be more positive, but something about the way that guy is sitting on the stool reminds me of a port-a-potty.

It is an amazing idea, though!