The homes of the future? World’s first eco-sustainable houses have been 3D…

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News Story Source:, By SAM TONKIN
They may look like something ancient desert civilisations would have constructed centuries ago.

But actually these are the world's first eco-sustainable houses – 3D printed in Italy using locally-sourced soil – and could one day be the homes of the future.

They are the brainchild of architect Mario Cucinella, who hopes the 'state-of-the-art building technology' can help combat homelessness and displaced communities after emergencies or natural disasters.

He has dubbed them TECLA houses in a nod to the combination of technology and clay.

'We like to think that TECLA is the beginning of a new story,' said Cucinella. 

'It would be truly extraordinary to shape the future by transforming this ancient material with the technologies we have available today. 

'The aesthetics of this house are the result of a technical and material effort; it was not an aesthetic approach only.'

He added: 'The goa
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