September 27 2023 – In a groundbreaking development set to redefine the construction industry Siksika Nation proudly announces the launch of the first-ever 3D concrete printed housing project in Alberta, situated on the historic lands of the Siksika Nation. This will also be the largest 3D concrete printed housing project in Canada to date. This innovative venture represents a significant step towards sustainable, affordable, and innovative housing solutions for the community and beyond.
The project is named "Kakatoosoyiists” which means Star Lodges. “The reason is, according to our creation stories, the stars provide guidance, sense of direction, protection and life lessons. These are some of the good intentions we have for the future tenants of the homes." says Siksika Knowledge Keeper Eldon Weasel Child. This development of 16 transitional homes marks a historic collaboration Nidus3D, the University of Calgary School of Architecture and Planning, and Siksika Housing, aimed at addressing critical housing challenges while celebrating indigenous culture and heritage. By harnessing cutting-edge 3D concrete printing technology, this initiative promises to deliver not just homes but a sustainable and prosperous future for the Siksika Nation community.
Key Highlights of the Siksika Vision Homes Project:
Revolutionary 3D Printing Technology: The Siksika Vision Homes project leverages state-of-the-art 3D concrete printing technology, allowing for the rapid construction of durable, energy-efficient, and cost-effective housing units.
Sustainability at its Core: These homes are designed with sustainability in mind. The innovative construction method minimizes waste, reduces carbon emissions, and utilizes locally-sourced materials, aligning with both environmental and community values.
Affordability and Accessibility: By optimizing construction processes and materials, Siksika Housing aims to provide affordable housing solutions that meet the diverse needs of the Siksika Nation community, fostering a brighter future for all.
Cultural Integration: The project respects and incorporates the rich heritage and traditions of the Siksika Nation. Customizable design features allow for the integration of cultural elements and personal touches, making each home a unique reflection of its inhabitants.
Community Empowerment: Beyond providing housing, the Siksika Vision Homes project is committed to empowering the community through job creation, skill development, and capacity building, reinforcing self-sufficiency and resilience.
Nidus3D and the University of Calgary School of Architecture and Planning are honored to work closely with the Siksika Nation on this transformative project. Together, we are not only building homes but also forging a brighter future for all members of the community.