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moladi invited to exhibit at the New C-City museum in Netherlands

moladi invited to exhibit at the New C-City museum in the  Netherlands

Design Indaba
Due to the success Design Indaba has had with the two ‘Africa is Now’ exhibitions, we were approached to curate a segment on African design for a new exhibition taking place later this year at a new design museum called Cube (C-City), in Kerkrade in the Netherlands. The exhibition will showcase Design
for a better world | Innovations for people
. The objective of the exhibition is to raise an awareness of design and to pass on its significance.

They 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. C-City will bring technology, science, and design in one integrated museum district. Link

“We wish to congratulate moladi for being selected to this prestigious exhibition!” – Design Indaba
Product name: moladi
Designer name: Hennie Botes
Country: South Africa
Year: 1986
Material/s: Injection-moulded plastic
components and aerated mortar produced using moladiCHEM

Urbanisation and demographic growth drives a global need for affordable housing. Based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa Moladi aims to provide solutions to some of the challenges of affordable housing for the poor: lack of resources, lack of skilled labour, time constraints, work flow control and waste management. Born from his own frustration with traditional buildings technology, Moladi founder Hennie Botes designed a more efficient construction technique for walls, and houses by extension. 

Using an innovative system of reusable moulds assembled with 30cmx30cm plastic panels, the technology allows for buildings such as schools, houses, clinics and community centres to be ‘cast’ with remarkable speed and ease by pouring a special aerated mortar (stoneless concrete) into the cavities formed by the mould. 

The process of building the basic structure of a simple house takes just 24 hours. Unskilled labourers assemble the Moladi formwork on site based on the plan of the house. Services such as electricity and plumbing as well as block-outs for window and doorframes are positioned in the wall cavity and the mortar is poured into the formwork. It is allowed to dry overnight and the formwork is removed the next morning. The walls are painted with a cementitious water-based paint and the roof, windows and door are installed. Final finishes such as sanitary ware and lighting fixtures follow.

The model does not have any application restrictions but is particularly appropriate for low-cost housing, as the casting moulds can each be used up to 50 times, allowing for cost savings through economies of scale.

The firm’s basic model is to combine its construction technology with a simplified assembly method that helps to reduce both the costs and complexity of the building process, while  concurrently reducing the use of traditional building materials, and the requisite skill, time and money associated with its use for construction.

Credit Source: Moladi – an affordable housing solution for
the poor? A Case Study prepared
by Pierre Coetzer for UNDP, 2009. –
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moladi construction process - C-City Cube Museum - Netherlands
moladi Construction Process

“Train the unemployed to build for the homeless – Fight poverty unemployment and crime through housing”
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