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A houseboat sounds like a liberating place to live – but limiting as well for those who like to relax on the front porch, sun on the back deck or tend to growing plants in a garden.
Tent cities are an uncanny and urban design phenomena – in most cases their creation is neither officially planned nor sanctioned by a city from the outset, but in many instances cities quickly realize they have no alternative but to let them be. With recent economic troubles around the USA existing ones have grown and entirely new tent cities have been created. But what does it mean to be forced to live a makeshift lifestyle that no one really designed?
This car runs on ‘empty’ in more ways than one. It charges up on solar and wind energy when docked at home while also doubling as an extra room, creating rather than displacing space as a typical vehicle would do sitting idle inside a garage.
As a former student of architecture, it is impossible not to start out with this warning: no, most small-time architects cannot, in fact, afford to buy, live and work in their very own luxury houseboat in the waters of downtown Seattle – if Tom Hanks’ role for the film Sleepless in Seattle (his home shown lower-left above) misled you, it might be worth taking a more realistic look around. That said, the real floating homes of this city constitute a unique, vast and variegated water-based subculture well worth exploring.
The destruction of a lesser-known Seattle pseudo-suburb is underway.
Picture a well-constructed industrial structure, sound and stable from its columns and beams to walls and roofs but entirely devoid of interior partitions and completely unused.
Crocheting brings to mind simple craft projects – a hat, scarf or some woolly winter mittens. Kate Pokorny has something much much bigger planned: a whole mobile mini-home, hand-crocheted from500 pounds of local New Hampshire lambswool. Yurts are traditional living structures for nomads in many countries and historical cultures, but this design proposes using a unique approach: an igloo-like structure made via crochet from a single continuous strand of felted wool.
The juxtaposition of such lifestyle extremes – fixed-space suburban living and nomadic world-travel dwelling – makes for a fascinating conceptual challenge.
Frank Lloyd Wright would be proud to see this future student of his school, experimenting with architecture that responds to the landscape but is expressive, unique and livable as well.
Forget the science fiction and fantasy film versions for the moment: what would day-to-day life really be like after the catastrophic end of the world as we know it? More lifelike than most post-apocalyptic movies, these art cities are grounded in compelling (and creepy) ways.