How? Consider these questions concerning the solution New Hemp Cities offers our housing crisis.
2. Does using the 3d printing art and science called contour crafting that can build a 2,000 sq. ft. structure in less than 24 hours at 60% below traditional construction costs or 3d printing self assembling buildings make sense?
3. Given the environmental, economic and nuclear situations we are dealing with, does New Hemp Cities brand of environmentally conscious new housing plus retrofitting existing structures make sense?
New Hemp Cities is a brand in development and a proposed series of locations in high altitude areas on aquifers. It is the result of a dream to 3d print environmentally conscious buildings to enhance and save lives. They are being designed to help us survive global warming, climate change, wind storms, flooding and elevated radiation levels, like the result of dumping 300-400 tons of highly radioactive water into the ocean daily from Fukushima plus other nuclear plants and waste.
The ocean levels are rising and we will be moving large populations inland from coastal cities like New York and Los Angeles. To understand just one of the sources, start by watching ice melt in a microwave. It's the ice above the water level that will be the source of the rising ocean.
In the face of radical climate change, it makes sense to strengthen our structures and build stronger buildings in the future.
What is meant by environmentally conscious is that we factor in surviving climate change and natural disasters into our designs, like what would happen if there was a heat or radiation wave where all the ice melted as discussed above.
These structures are being developed so that they are fire retardant with the use of hempcrete, waterproof as a result of strong hemp plastic, radiation shielded based on NASA's magnetic shielding for space travel, rounded to make them windproof, dome shaped to make them earthquake resistant, completely off the grid where possible (i.e. water source) and self assembling.
New Age Printing
In building construction (contour crafting) the printers, suspended from gantries, take instructions and do what they are told, i.e. put concrete here, plastic there, repeat laying concrete until it reaches 12' ceilings, etc. So we can use 3d printing's contour crafting technique can build a 2,000 foot structure in less than 24 hours off of a computer file.
Vertical FarmingAn ancillary market is vertical farming which is a great use for existing buildings plus 3d printed ones as well as a way to supply the additional food and raw resource materials necessary for rapid growth. Plenty of jobs and more folks willing to work on indoor computerized farming than out in the fields...better quality food too.
Here's a link to the big New Hemp Cities report that is currently being transformed from an assemblage of 680 pages of research to an accurate business plan. A blog post from 2016 both explains the project is posted here.