Innovative SA building system to exhibit in the Netherlands
Due to the success the Design Indaba team has had with its two ‘Africa is Now’ exhibitions, they were approached to curate a segment on African design for an inaugural exhibition taking place in August at a new design museum called Cube, in Kerkrade in the Netherlands.
The exhibition will showcase the theme ‘Design for a better world | Innovations for people’. The exhibition’s objective is to raise an awareness of design and to pass on its significance. The curators aim to do this by gathering unique examples of the most relevant innovations worldwide from contributing museums such as the Cooper Hewitt in New York, Design Museum Taiwan, Powerhouse Australia, Mind Museum Manila, Design Museum London and, of course, Design Indaba.
One of the projects selected for the opening exhibition of Cube was the Moladi building system. To change the way low-cost housing is built, Moladi developed a system that constitutes the use of a removable, reusable, recyclable and lightweight plastic formwork mould, which is filled with an aerated mortar to form the wall structure of a house in as little as one day.
The process involves creating a mould in the form of the complete house. This wall mould is then filled with an aerated form of mortar. The process is faster than traditional methods of construction and results in a better-quality low-cost house.
Each set of the Moladi formwork panels can be re-used 50 times making the technology cost-effective due to its repetitive application scheme, reducing the cost of construction and transportation significantly.
The Moladi system won the Design for Development award of the South African Bureau of Standards Design Institute in 1997.
Moladi was exhibited at Design Indaba Expo as part of the ‘Africa is Now Exhibition’ under the theme ‘Africa is Urban’.
More information from Moladi, Tel: +27(0)41 379 2600 www.moladi.net