Most of the products I post on this site are luxury items, but design isn’t just pretty things to buy; design can change the world. Here’s an example of that. Dror Benshetrit has created a new building system called QuaDror that might change the way you see building materials.

Unveiled at the Design Indaba conference last week in South Africa, QuaDror is a space truss geometry that has structural integrity and flexible design capabilities. A four-year design process of experimentation and investigation, Dror designed, created, researched, and finally came up with a suitable geometry that is capable of five main applications: dividing, dwelling, trestle, fenestration and artistic installation.

“Our goal is to inspire change. Working with creative and innovative experts from various fields, we aim to share and implement this geometry in urban design, architecture, philanthropic work, and public art. When realizing that the system could potentially bring a groundbreaking solution to the global issue of habitat, we were eager to complete our experimentations and share this discovery with the world.” says Dror. “We are interested in the transformative power of design as an interdependent response to social, economical and ecological matters. Our work is the interactive process of inventing and providing (infra)structure and comprehensive systems to improve our ways of living. In effect, we believe that designers and users become co-creators.”

Philanthropy is at the heart of this design. QuaDror Home is based on four identical L-shaped pieces of various elements assembled with the help of the QuaDror universal joints, and it is estimated that 1750 QuaDror Homes (kits) can be shipped in one 40-foot container. Since the QuaDror is essentially a joint connector, the rest of the materials can be sources from local areas.

You may see QuaDror Homes pop up as soon as 2012 in Sierra Leone and Brazil.

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Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.