Architecture on the go
“Mobitecture: architecture on the Move” a new book by design writer Rebecca Roke, shows the vast range of new mobile housing structures inspired by the growing urbanization and new materials.
At one end of the construction spectrum, architects are designing buildings that are taller, complexer and grander than ever before and on the other hand are the mobile structures for crowded cities that inspire smaller, sustainable and fun living.
Portable projects, besides being fun also give architects and designers a way to immediately respond to the social issues and the larger design challenges of today. By compiling numerous examples of these small-scale experiments, Roke has shown that these projects, freed from the normally extensive timelines of standard buildings, often allow architects to quickly respond to the social issues challenging contemporary society. “There’s increasing political and environmental migration, and this is prompting designers to ask how their skills can be used to offer solutions,” she said. “At the same time, the increasing gap between rich and poor is prompting the question of how we can make more affordable, quality places for ‘normal’ people to live in.”
The small, flexible pop-up structures in public space across the cities are bringing to life vacant or underutilized spaces and providing a creative draw to the people.”in a surprising and sometimes bewildering array of forms, materials, colors, sizes and locations, Mobitecture demonstrates that architecture is very much on the move,” Roke writes in the introduction of her book.
Adaptable, lightweight, responsive to local conditions and with the ability to travel almost anywhere with ease: these inherent qualities of 'mobitecture' imply the opposite of our usual stationary, brick'and' mortar'bound existences.
Structures with different mode of movement, ranging from multi-wheels, sleds and water show how designs can combine a sense of playfulness and purpose. The smaller scale allows more people to experiment in this field and provokes inventiveness. “A tight focus in design parameters often allows for better and more interesting outcomes,” said Roke
The roots of mobile, smaller structures can be traced back to the ‘60s inflatable architecture and eco-conscious attitudes. Today, both the affordability issues as well as the refugee crisis are influencing the creation of egalitarian structures. For example, Angela Luna’s capsule range crossing the Boundary, clothing that turns into temporary structures, the RCA Wearable Habitation, a Tyvek jacket-turned tent, or the Lebanese American School’s plastic crate shelters.
Many of the advances in this field of mobile design can be found at pop-up displays which offer the young designers a chance to experiment with lightweight, collapsible, demountable, or modular designs.roke sees some of the ingenuity and flexibility on display as offering potential solutions to problems that will consume the next generation of architects, designers and urban planners.
Walden raft by elise morin and florent albinet is a floating french cabin the references thoreau famous escape
the caterpillar by dutch designer lambert Kampsmade from PVC and Steel cables, Offers a Portable, itinerant theater that holds up to 30.
umbrella house by roke
camper-kart by american Kevin cyr