Wednesday, October 1, 2008
More Mobile: Portable Architecture for Today
Princeton Architectural Press
Considering the current economic climate I think these tree tents could become all the rage. As more and more of us humans lose our bricks and mortar homes due to mad mortgage foreclosures and our jobs due to some silly old white men who seem utterly inept and totally befuddled (but that's a rant for another day), these could be a real solution to some of our looming 2008 problems.
The tree tents were initially designed for the Road Alert Group - a group of activists that fight against motorways being constructed across areas of natural beauty and forests in the United Kingdom. The members of the Road Alert Group often hid in the trees and lived in them too, to prevent them being cut down and these tree tents were designed for them to have a pleasant place to rest during what could turn into something of an arduous and uncomfortable situation.
While I fully commend the motivations of the Road Alert Group, I wish they had a better name.
I'm sure they put a lot of thought into it.
It was 98 degrees here yesterday, which is frankly ridiculous. Today it's slightly less, I think we're hitting 90 - which is still disgusting. The thought of living in a tree tent in the Forest of Dean sounds heavenly - I'm sure the long-term reality might be more challenging but today it sounds supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.