GINA: A JOINT VENTURE WITH BMW IN HOUSING MADE OF FABRIC
Roanoke is commonly known as America’s first colony, thus making the first US settlement a shared community. In 1844, a group of Shakers lead by Bronson Alcott started another shared community, this one based on utopian, transcendental principles. Many of the inhabitants froze during the winter months, food was scarce, and inhabitants fought. Each of these shared communities failed because of its inability to respond to both its environment and to the changing needs of its inhabitants.
Attempting to resurrect the idea of a shared community, I designed the first Gina Teleburb, set in 2020. The fictional community would be comprised of recently graduated young professionals, living in areas once thought to be unsuitable for housing. They are able to prosper relying on the technology of an elastic fabric developed by BMW, and a design allowing for ‘responsive’ housing that can actually move and stretch.
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