In the past year, India has suffered seven earthquakes and aftershocks, with the highest reaching a powerful 7.8 magnitude. Local communities spend countless months and millions of dollars rebuilding destroyed homes after the quakes.
Architect Anupama Kundoo's Full Fill House could change that. The project, showcased at this year's Venice Biennale and being produced in Auroville, India, was inspired by legos, where people can stack readymade plaster blocks in six days to form a house.
Kundoo is using a material called ferrocement, a metal wire mesh with rod enforcements covered in plaster. The blocks are only an inch thick and the flexible wire mesh absorbs most of the violent shakes. Since it's made of just building blocks, the size and shape of the structures can be unlimited, but her current prototype is roughly 400 square feet.
"Solving housing mustn’t be a tedious process depleting life’s savings," Kundoo says. "People should [have] a roof over their heads as simply as possible and move on, liberating their time to develop themselves and focus on living itself."