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
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.
A volunteer prepping the interior of one of the geodesic-inspired Flock Houses.
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.
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.