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Shelby Doyle & Chengde Wu

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“Made in Iowa: Agro-waste Concrete for Disaster Resilient 3D Printed Construction,” a grant proposal by architecture associate professors Shelby Doyle and Chengde Wu, has been awarded $29,969 from the University of Iowa’s Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research. The grant will fund research into corn cob ash as an alternative to crushed gravel used in cement mixtures to facilitate 3D printing of homes.
This work is part of the College of Design’s 3D Affordable Innovative Technologies Housing Project that seeks to find faster, cheaper, more sustainable solutions to meet the demand for affordable housing with 3D-printed homes.