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Lego-Inspired Homes Could Be the Future of Housing for Impoverished Communities

David McNair - TakePart
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August 2, 2015
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Debris from natural disasters is being turned into concrete blocks that easily stack and snap into place to build new homes. (The Mobile Factory)

Many of us can thank Lego for hours of imaginative play, but now the popular kids’ toy has inspired a real-world idea that could dramatically reduce waste and save lives when natural disasters strike.

The Mobile Factory, founded by 73-year-old Dutch business consultant and sustainability specialist Gerard Steijn, is what the organization describes as a “transforming technology” housed inside two shipping containers. It crushes construction debris within its walls, churning out Lego-shaped building blocks that can be easily stacked and snapped into place to build temporary housing in less than a day. Steijn’s goal: to dispatch these small factories around the world so locals can rebuild their communities using debris and waste that’s been left behind in the wake of man-made or natural disasters.

...What started out as research into reducing construction waste - which he says has become the world’s largest polluter - evolved into an idea to create more stable housing for impoverished communities.

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