January 2, 2010
by Canadian Architect
This exhibition by Terreform 1 runs from January 7 to February 20, 2010 at the Eric Arthur Gallery at the University of Toronto. Cofounded by Mitchell Joachim, the Daniels 2009-10 Frank Gehry International Visiting Chair in Architectural Design, Terreform ONE (Open Network Ecology) is a nonprofit organization for philanthropic architecture, urban and ecological design.
How can our cities extend into the suburbs sustainably? We propose to put our future American dwellings on wheels. Retrofitted houses will flock towards downtown cores and will be enabled to flow continuously from urban core to core. Existing highways between cities will be reinforced with an intelligent renewable infrastructure.
Terreform 1 envisions an immense and vital solution to a fundamental problem: American suburbs fail to work efficiently. In the next 25 years we will build 56 million new homes that will consume 18.8 million acres of virgin land and emit 7.3 billion tons of CO2 per year. These frameworks of development need to be rethought to meet our ecological carrying capacities. Why should we put further energy into past inferior patterns? America needs to deliver dwellings closer to our existing main infrastructural arteries. We cannot continue to overextend our thinly disturbed resource lines.
America has always been a nation on the road. We desire to move the suburbs on smart networked wheels, affixing a diverse range of mobility mechanisms to home units that generate our novel HOMEWAY system. In the future, the physical home will remain permanent but its location will be transient. Our static suburbs will be transformed into a dynamic and deployable flow. Houses will have the option to switch from parked to low speed. Homes, big-box retail, movie theatres, supermarkets, business hubs, food production, and power plants will depart from their existing sprawled communities and line up along highways to create a breathing and interconnected metabolic urbanism. Dense ribbons of food, energy, waste and water elements will follow the direction of moving population clusters.
For more information, please visit www.terreform.org/projects_habitat_homeway.html