On a five-acre plot in Rancho Mirage, an unremarkable desert city in California known for its resorts and golf courses, a vision of the future of housing is about to be created.
That is because 480 miles away, in a warehouse in Oakland, humming 3D printers the size of garages are building houses for the world’s first fully 3D-printed residential neighbourhood.
It is the result of a partnership between two California companies, real estate group Palari and Mighty Buildings, a building technology firm.
Rancho Mirage is not the first place to have 3D-printed buildings. In 2019, a Mexican charity made 3D-printed homes for low-income families, while China has for years printed multi-floor office blocks and flats.
However, a pristine neighbourhood of 15 eco-friendly printed homes