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Architects seek funding for Namibia sandbag igloos

July 12, 2012

Are sandbag igloos the key to solving housing problems in dry regions?

Architects Nicola Du Pisanie of Stonewood Design and Ross McDonald of Alison Brooks Architects discuss a proposed project to build sandbag, or super adobe, igloo homes in the Namibian desert during a London Festival of Architecture talk at the Building Centre in London.

The geometrical domes are made with sandbags and barbed wire and then plastered for protection. They are not difficult to construct and they are wind and earthquake resistant, according to Du Pisanie and McDonald.

Du Pisanie and McDonald formerly worked with FCBStudios where the “Igloos for the Namib” project was initiated.

 

 

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Picture Credit: An undated handout picture shows the Oculus outside the Building Centre in London. REUTERS/Handout

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Sad but true….What an awesome Idea!! The UN needs to get in on this to help[:

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Sad but true….What an awesome Idea!! The UN needs to get in on this to help[:

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