A student has released a plan to turn the Sahara landscape into habitable structures using bacteria.
The microorganism bacillus pasteurii is being studied by a team at UC Davis for its ability to solidify the ground in earthquake-prone areas.
Magnus Larsson says he intended to use bacteria to build a 6,000km-long sand wall, for which a team at University College London will aid in the initiative to solidify sand.
Larsson has been awarded first prize at the Holcim Awards for his "Dune anti-desertification architecture Sokoto, Nigeria".
The architect is working towards the next stage of the project – a life-sized prototype.