bacteria and time are the base ingredients for this Architectural approach to a big problem: <<serious natural hazards>>.
one of the aspects i find most interesting about this proposal is the way Magnus Larsson uses the source of the problem – the sand – as its solution: the problem of the villages surrounding deserts relies on the sand’s movement, so he found a natural way to bind it together (back into a rock) and create Architectural spaces out of it.
<<Architecture student Magnus Larsson wants to turn some of the most deserted and harsh landscapes on the planet into habitable structures. How? By turning loose sand dunes into solid architecture using bacteria. A team at UC Davis has been looking at the microorganism bacillus pasteurii to solidify the ground in earthquake-prone areas. As Larsson puts it, “All I did was to deliberately misapply their technology … and to pump up the scale, and turn it into a 6,000-km-long wall that’s made of sand and protects against sand.”>>