> Urban Roofing
The city is a place where it is easy to be anonymous. With thousands / millions / tens of millions of people attached to a single space, held together by invisible systems and innumerable options, we can move within the city with personal choice and relative anonymity.
As a living space, it caters for many aspects of our day-to-day needs, such as subsistence, protection, leisure, creation, identity and freedom. Most of these are tended to by an infrastructure that pieces together these somewhat fragmented aspects of our human needs: supermarkets that provide food, roads that lead to the supermarkets, busses that move us to the supermarkets, energy companies that provide gas to cook, house that circulate gas to stay warm, electricity that provides entertainment within these houses, and so on.
Everything is a carefully balanced man-made ecosystem, in which we are free to create our own identity, separate from the burdens of primitive survival. Comfort is taken care of for us, leaving us with the managerial task of coordinating these provisions through payment systems.
But at some point these provisions stop being held together by that invisible thread, and become fragile snags within the fabric of our urban existence. Like when the washing machine breaks, or your favorite shop closes, or the road is blocked and there is a riot at the end of your street.
What happens then when the comfort of our self-appropriated living space is interrupted by forces uninfluenced by ourselves?
Though my design for a living space, I proposed to create a microcosmic system that gives individuals the power to control their living space, independent of the external systemic problems that could arise. This is not a self-sustainable ‘eco village’, but a modern set of achievable solutions to urbanistic problems that are potentially forthcoming. These being financial, logistic, comfort, sustenance and so on.
My proposal is to conceive possible ways in which to collaborate in times of need, develop modern tools to enable independent and group survival, and a pre-fabricated means by which to assemble an alternative living system if the requirement becomes a necessity.
Utilising already exisitng objects found on rooftops, I have designed alternative ways to adapt them for independent city living.
By 2050, 70% of us will be living in urban areas, on a grand scale I want to design a future where we can coexist beyond the need for hyper-recourse guzzling materials, dependence on money and the supermarket economy. On a local scale I want to motivate and give light to the possibilities of alternative living action.