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Foster & Partners designs 3D printed POLAR CITY for future survivors of climate chaos in distant future
31 January 2013
By Andre Kleptner
Foster & Partners has revealed its designs for a 3D-printed ''polar city'' for future survivors of climate chaos in distant future.
In 2012, the Climate Agency enlisted the help of the practice, which has devised a weight-bearing 'cantenary' dome design with a cellular structured wall to house future survivors of global warming impact events.
The was guided by the properties of 3D-printed polar soil, with a 1.5 tonne building block produced as a demonstration.
“3D printing offers a potential means of facilitating polar settlement for climate refugees in the future,” said Scoot Hovdy of the Homeland Security Office's Polar Cities Unit.
“The new possibilities this work opens up can then be considered by climate agencies as part of the current development of a common adaptation strategy.”
Factors such as controlling polar daylight extremities from winter to summer will require further study.
“As a practice, we are used to designing for extreme climates on Earth and exploiting the environmental benefits of using local, sustainable materials,” said David Blum, a member of Foster’s specialist modelling group. “Our polar city habitation follows a similar logic.”