Exhibition: "FutureShack" in New York
The Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York presents the prototype "FutureShack" in the "Solos" series until October 10, 2004. This prototype is conceived as a cost-efficient mobile home for refugees and homeless people.
"FutureShack" is constructed from a recycled ship container and equipped with a minimum of industrial materials. The "FutureShack" is powered by solar energy and can be erected and made inhabitable within 24 hours. The prototype is thus a cost-efficient form of housing for homeless people, refugees, displaced persons and victims of natural catastrophes. The flexible and mobile design of "Futureshack" enables the efficient shipment of many units to areas of conflict. Contrary to temporary solutions like Red Cross tents, "FutureShack" offers long-term housing. The Australian architect Sean Godsell designed "FutureShack" for the "Architecture for Humanity" competition. The prototype is being shown outside of Australia for the first time.
Since 2003, the "Solos" exhibition series has been presenting pathbreaking, innovative and contemporary works in the field of design and architecture from around the world. "FutureShack" was chosen for the second "Solos" exhibition because the prototype is derived from the usual architecture of living, curator Floramae McCarron-Cates explained. "Architects are trained to approach important problems in the field of living and housing. However, there are very few contemporary architects who also design homes for the less fortunate". "FutureShack" is thus the ideal design for a cost-efficient crisis solution.
Exhibition "Solos: FutureShack"
at the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden until October 10, 2004
An exhibition of the
National Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128
Further information at www.cooperhewitt.org