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3D Printed Sustainable Houses for Education

Global temperatures are rising. Anthropocentric climate change is upon us. Some have named this new era in which we find ourselves as the Anthropocene, wherein climate, environmental and earth conditions have been radically altered by human action. Considering these facts, that have been repeatedly proven by science (Steffen et al., 2015), the scramble to do something effective about climate change, and to adjust human inhabitation has begun in earnest. Governments have signed agreements to reduce emissions to net zero by 2050. Global agencies such as the United Nations have come up with plans to make a difference with respect to climate change in terms of planetary stewardship and global citizenship. Activists around the world have been mobilising to shift opinion and action on climate to accelerate the exit from wholesale fossil fuels. This report creates a new tactic and strategy with respect to making a difference to climate change and centralises the concept of ‘3D Printed Sustainable Houses for Education’ as a motor for change. The 3 parts of this report, though separate, are joined in the attempt to raise consciousness, insert purposeful knowledge, and evolve new pathways to tackle climate change. This report puts education in the middle of climate change action (Cole, 2021), because it is the next generation that will have to live with its consequences. Hence, given this significant rationale and motivation for students to study topics such as sustainability, experiment with new housing and lifestyle choices, and to work communally to bring down emissions, this report suggests that studying with 3D printed models and real sized houses provides an excellent basis for such activity. This report suggests that pedagogy in general should mobilise to tackle climate change, and this idea of ‘net zero-3D printing-education’ is put forward to do this. This report is future-driven, yet wholly connected to what is practical and what can be done today.

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