Guerilla Architecture

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Our ninja Ivan Hernandez Quintela of Ludens [our first ‘Ninja of the Month’] contacted AMNP last week about new projects he’s worked on since the NotM feature – specifically, “The Box” @ MUAC. In addition to his own work, Ivan shared work done by student who participated in a “Guerilla Architecture” course which he taught at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City.

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Ivan’s students were asked to produce temporary shelters that would meet the needs of one of several ‘homeless profiles’ that the class recognized, and then construct and test the design. Both designs featured here attempt to “make evident that the homeless are not inactive people, but actually are extremely mobile, nomad by nature” – creating solutions that take into account this mobile nature of many of the homeless.

The idea was that the homeless citizen would wear the kimono during the day and would remove it during the night to create his temporary shelter.

A garment that could be worn by day, and then reassembled into a tent structure – the first design uses lines to attach to nearby objects in order to create a shelter from wearable materials, rather than using poles or other rigid, harder to carry methods. The homeless citizen then wears her shelter on her person, saving the energy and space needed to transport something larger/heavier.

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Next we have a design that combines this idea of mobility and need for shelter with the additional need – in some cases – for storage.

The students generated a vehicle, which was activated in a very similar manner as a wheel chair, so it required quite an athletic user, where two huge truck wheels were recuperated from a dump site and assembled in such a manner that in the middle is the navigating chair, and each wheel is used either as a resting spot or as a can container.

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::all images, info, and quotes courtesy of Ivan Hernandez Quintela::

Posted: June 30th, 2009
at 4:22pm by orangemenace

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  1. Both of these designs are truly innovative and useful.
    The idea of the kimono is something I’ve never seen before as it really seems to address the needs of the homeless. Beside food, warm clothes and shelter are essential to the homeless and as many travel around cities and towns – it’s very impractical to carry around insufficient materials or leave them somewhere. This design allows mobility and proper protection from the elements.
    The second design really seems to cater to many of the needs of the homeless: shelter, storage, and transportation.
    I hope to see these designs on the streets of New York City soon!

    Sieda

    8 Jul 09 at 11:24 am

     


 

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