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Neighborhood Design Competition

3Strands partnered with Overland Partners in early 2019 to envision how to best deploy ICON’s Vulcan construction system. 


Overland Partners is a world-class architecture firm based in San Antonio, Texas. 3Strands chose Overland Partners as a design partner to explore architectural solutions that use disruptive, innovative technology to fundamentally change the way we build homes. 


This collaboration was intended to provide not only beautiful, sustainable and affordable homes, but also to set a new paradigm for addressing the bigger picture of housing need and establishing a sense of community and neighborhood to combat the loneliness epidemic in America. 

With ICON’s Vulcan technology in mind, twelve design teams from Overland were tasked with designing an affordable, single-family home that helps to address the loneliness epidemic by facilitating natural, informal interactions with neighbors and building community. Throughout the process, the design teams considered variables such as site orientation, ecology, energy efficiency, water management, material selection, resilience and adaptability to provide the best design solutions as possible.


3Strands aims for its future neighborhoods to deliver lower cost, sustainable housing that leverages ICON’s 3D printing technology. 3Strands goal is to promote belonging by building clusters of homes with shared spaces and programming that fosters healthier relationships. 

We’re not there yet, but we’re excited for what’s ahead as the technology catches up to the vision to help make this bigger vision a reality


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