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Magnus Larsson Plans to Re-Landscape the Sahara

By: Marissa Brassfield - Published: May 2, 2009 • References: holcimfoundation.org and bldgblog.blogspot
Magnus Larsson has an ambitious plan to re-landscape the Sahara Desert--and do so sustainably. The images in the gallery above depict Larsson's vision of a 6,000-km green wall made of sandstone, which would provide shelter and protection--as well as hedge against the spread of the desert.

What's fascinating about Magnus Larsson's idea is that it is completely sustainable. All the Sahara architecture needs is bacillus pasteurii, a microorganism that solidifies loose sand into sandstone.

Magnus Larsson's idea won first prize at the Holcim Foundation's Awards for Sustainable Construction. Check out more photos from the project here.