Stress-Test Architecture

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March 15, 2013
An artist-led design project invites curious interlopers to live in a pod prototype built for an uncertain future, and Dwell's intrepid reporter gets hands-on experience living in one of the architecture pods. Read Full Article
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  Last summer, four small huts colonized New York City. Rather than ramshackle shanties, however, each one was a model of self-sufficiency. Meet the Flock Houses, brainchildren of artist and activist Mary Mattingly.
    Last summer, four small huts colonized New York City. Rather than ramshackle shanties, however, each one was a model of self-sufficiency. Meet the Flock Houses, brainchildren of artist and activist Mary Mattingly.
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  A volunteer prepping the interior of one of the geodesic-inspired Flock Houses.
    A volunteer prepping the interior of one of the geodesic-inspired Flock Houses.
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  Writer Rob Colvin was one of the first reporters to experience living (temporarily, at least) in a Flock House. This one was built onsite in Battery Park at the tip of Manhattan.
    Writer Rob Colvin was one of the first reporters to experience living (temporarily, at least) in a Flock House. This one was built onsite in Battery Park at the tip of Manhattan.
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  The DIY system comprises of solar panels, a bike-powered generator (pictured here) that provides electricity for each unit,  and pot-to-pot refrigeration for cooling produce.
    The DIY system comprises of solar panels, a bike-powered generator (pictured here) that provides electricity for each unit, and pot-to-pot refrigeration for cooling produce.
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  A view from the inside.
    A view from the inside.

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