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3D-Printed Houses: Ultimate Backyard Construction Gets Real

Announced several years ago, 3D-printing in the building industry is becoming a reality with the first houses already going on sale in the United States. Start-ups and manufacturers predict this could be a revolution for the construction industry.

The world's first community of 3D-printed zero net-energy homes will be built in Rancho Mirage, California.
The world's first community of 3D-printed zero net-energy homes will be built in Rancho Mirage, California.
Benoît Georges

"For sale: a new ranch-style, 130 square meter house located in Long Island, New York. Three bedrooms, living room, open kitchen, two bathrooms, garage. Starting price: $300,000. Special feature: it will be the first 3D-printed house sold in the United States." Since the ad appeared in February, Kirk Andersen's phone has been ringing off the hook: SQ4D, the start-up he runs, has developed the 3D-printing technology that will get this house off the ground in a few weeks... if the construction goes as planned.

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When Mom Believes Putin: A Russian Family Torn Apart Over Ukraine Invasion

Sisters Rante and Satu Vodich fled Russia because they could no longer bear to live under Putin — but their mother believes state propaganda about the war. Her daughters are building a new life for themselves in Georgia.

A mother and her daughter on a barricade in Kyiv

Steffi Unsleber

TBILISI — On a gloomy afternoon in May, Rante Vodich gets the keys to her new home. A week earlier, the 27-year-old found this wooden shed in Tbilisi, with a corrugated iron roof and ramshackle bathroom. The shed next door houses an old bed covered in dust. Vodich refers to the place as a “studio” and pays $300 per month in rent. She says finding the studio is the best thing that’s happened to her since she came to Georgia. It is her hope for the future.

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Her younger sister Satu Vodich is around 400 kilometers further west, in the city of Batumi on Georgia’s Black Sea coast, surrounded by Russian tourists, Ukrainian flags, skyscrapers with sea views and the run-down homes of local residents.

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