First Look at “Project Home: 3D Printing the Future”

June 25, 2020

In the modern world, the notion of “home” is associated with feelings of warmth, security, and a sheltered place to rest. But for the more than 1.3 billion people living in slums, that idea is merely a dream. For families living in extreme poverty, “home” is cramped, exposed to the environment, and lacking security, plumbing, and clean water. Local economic, cultural, and political conditions often keep these neighborhoods from moving forward. However, a radical new innovation could soon provide vulnerable people around the world with safe, affordable housing, setting their communities on a new trajectory.

Our forthcoming MPI Original Project Home: 3D Printing the Future will document the construction of the world’s first 3D printed community in an impoverished village in Mexico, showcasing the stories of families set to receive homes and the group of social entrepreneurs at the forefront of this global housing revolution. 

This feature documentary comes from MPI filmmakers Davis Huber and Tyler Schiffman, who are united by a mutual desire to spur positive change in the world. Huber writes, “Project Home is a story about innovators and how new technology can make the world a better place, but it is also a human story about family, community, and hope.”

The documentary will illustrate the power of market-based innovation and entrepreneurship to set housing in the developing world on a new path that could mean safety and economic freedom for people that have never known it.

As they work to complete their first feature-length documentary, Davis and Tyler are receiving expert guidance from MPI staff and our extensive network of filmmakers. “I feel immensely fortunate to be given the opportunity to work with MPI on this project,” reflects Huber. “The team MPI has put together is collaborative, inspired, and highly creative, which has made producing and directing this film an incredible experience.”

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