Folding concrete: 1700 homes in one container

Israeli designer Dror Benshetrit may just have reinvigorated architecture with his new creation the QuaDror. He calls it a “structural element”, which is bland but appropriate, given that it has the potential to become as ubiquitous, and useful as a brick, a window or a tile; engineering types would call it “a space truss geometry”. Essentially it’s a solid, weight-bearing structure that nonetheless folds almost flat, and has a vast range of possibilities from large-scale structures like bridges to almost instant, sturdy housing. Why do I find it exciting? Because it’s an example of idealism made real: used well it could revolutionise slum housing or disaster zones, bringing strong, simple structures within everyone’s reach. www.studiodror.com.

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