Because You're On Your Own
“We are also now seeing great attention and drive towards sustainable design. In this respect, the value of re-using, re-purposing, or re-activating which most architectural parasites are dependent on adds further motivation and the continued rise of single living.”
-Ayden De Luca
This month we’ve been looking at Parasitic Architecture, so this article is glued together in the spirit of recycling.
On crowded buildings, these parasitic city-dwellers will add micro-nests where they will tap key resources or harvest them from the sun and rain. They’ll also convert underused spaces in buildings like garages and storage rooms into simple one room-dwellings. In the narrow spaces between buildings, they will create multi-floor comp-apartments connected by ladders, poles and fire escapes. In their homes — they will see the adaption of their furniture so it becomes multi-use. Tech-infused chairs, tables and desks will allow us to do different things within the smaller living spaces: Objects will be both coolers and cookers, lights and shades, power-packs and storage devices.
People will also identify other dead spaces in the urban infrastructure that can be brought to life with connectivity and alternative power. They will build offices that hang from under bridges or they will build mixed-use structures in unused street-parking spaces. Micro-homes will also appear on existing structures like sightseeing towers or radio masts.
Piers Fawkes psfk.com