Friday, July 22, 2005

Arquitectura: The LOFTCUBE project

The German design group, Studio Aisslinger's recent display of creative problem solving is an exciting display of literal "out of the box" thinking.

The Question Confronting Them?
What could a temporary, minimalistic domicile look like, that suits people of a nomadic lifestyle, living for short periods of time in large cities and dense urban areas (such as Berlin), and offers both sanctuary and social structure.
Furthermore, where might such temporary dwellings be built?
The Solution?
The Loftcube Project. An interesting mix between Buckminster Fuller and Le Corbusier, but also, an inventive architectural solution that would place prefabricated housing "units" (as needed) on top of existing buildings/structures. These moveable penthouses provide unparalleled views of the skyline--relatively inexpensively.
The cost?
55,000 Euros and the rental of one freight helicopter. Although the feasibility of The Loftcube Project is uncertain, it is a fascinating example of how creative problem solving can address some of the world's most pressing social problems.
If only more businesses were courageous enough to take similarly creative leaps of faith.

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