Mobile Cities?

What if we lived in a world where most, if not all, people were nomads? If we lived in one place for a time, but the very next day we could disappear to somewhere else like we had never been there? The idea is similar to the Burning Man project, one week annually where individuals come together to experience life, living, and art in a new way. They gather in the Black Rock Desert of Navada, exist as a community for one week, (or more for the volunteers), then leave it exactly as they found it. Some design companies have been investigating the idea of portable cities, where it’s possible to create a functioning living space one day, but have the ability to pack it up and move it the next. While Burning Man is located in the same space each year, companies like Weatherhaven have dreamed up an idea where residents can move in and have fully functioning community running within days. This company desires to manufacture temporary shelter for remote conditions, making this type of nomadic lifestyle a possibility. Some investigations include, foldable apartments, foldable concrete blocks and tent cities. The current state of tent cities in the US is not good; these usually exist not because of a desire to be non-materialistic and close to nature, but because of overpopulated homeless shelters, poverty, and repossessed homes. Therefore, we must be careful not to glorify the idea of tent cities, because to many it is not a choice. Some areas prohibit tent cities, but some are forced to allow due to the current economic conditions. Many times, these tent cities do not have access to clean drinking or bathing water which can become an issue fast. If companies doing this type of research could provide a low-cost solution to this issues, then living in a tent city could become something different than a mark of financial ruin. I believe there is a lot of potential in this idea and am excited to see what it’s future holds.

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