Castles Made of Sand

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April 30, 2009

Iranian architect Nader Kahlili fashions affordable, easily assembled housing out of sandbags and concrete for a surprsingly striking result.

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  Nader Khalili’s lunar-inspired “superadobe” homes are suitable virtually anywhere on earth. In emergency situations, they can be erected in a matter of days.
    Nader Khalili’s lunar-inspired “superadobe” homes are suitable virtually anywhere on earth. In emergency situations, they can be erected in a matter of days.
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  One of Khalili's prototypes can be erected by five laborers—four of the unskilled—within weeks.
    One of Khalili's prototypes can be erected by five laborers—four of the unskilled—within weeks.
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  A nearly complete "superadobe" home showcases its sandbag bones.
    A nearly complete "superadobe" home showcases its sandbag bones.
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  An interior of one of the superadobes. "You can never build one of these that doesn't look beautiful," says the architect.
    An interior of one of the superadobes. "You can never build one of these that doesn't look beautiful," says the architect.

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