What: The Mobile Factory
Who: Gerard Steijn
Where: Amsterdam
Since: 2007
Source: The Mobile Factory

From rubble to house

No building lasts forever. Demolition, war and natural disasters will eventually turn every manmade structure into rubble. In case you didn’t know, rubble is a real killer. It’s the world’s largest polluter in volume, it destroys the environment and it’s a health hazard for the people who are forced to live among it. But we think we’ve come up with a sustainable solution to give new function to all this rubble.

The Mobile Factory fits into two shipping containers and can be sent anywhere in the world. Rubble goes in at one end, is processed into liquid concrete, and eventually comes out the other side as brand new building blocks. These are designed so that you simply stack them, just like Lego.

The new blocks allow victims of war or natural disasters to construct their own earthquake proof homes. Rubble is a multi valuable resource. We want to demonstrate to the world that rubble allows local communities to help themselves. It stimulates local economies, which is instrumental for the breakthrough of the poverty line.


In the upcoming 10 years The Mobile Factory wants to use it’s acquired knowledge and developed technology – converting rubble into building blocks – to give shelter to refugees and victims in the disaster and war affected areas.