For while traditional building methods are rooted in cement, which can be costly, time-intensive, and responsible for approximately eight percent of all global emissions, 3D printing is now being counted as a viable construction alternative. Everything from automobiles to bodily organs are being 3D-printed, so why not homes and businesses?

Due to the dramatic reduction in raw material used in three-dimensional design, construction costs can be reduced by 80%. Because companies won’t face a delay in the transportation of materials and equipment and the minimal human labour needed, building time is reduced greatly. And the environmental benefits are endless.

Dubai is host to the largest 3D-printed two-storey building structure in the globe, so full cities seem the next logical step. And 3D printing does have its challenges, in terms of its restricted material types and an absence of fixed building codes to govern this mode of building design. Overall, though, Dubai itself could stand as a living 3D prototype for the rest of the world to follow.