Reflecting the necessary future of urban and rural space, habitats are collapsible, movable, and modular with the ability to merge.
Moving like a ship in the water, Flock House is capable of rearticulating itself and becoming a physical bridge from one structure to the next, forever changing and weaving a narrative; an architecture of memory.
Flock House is a group of migratory, public, sculptural habitats that host on underused urban infrastructure as they move with the help of preexisting transportation routes: from barges to flat bed trucks to helicopters, they can easily catch a ride to the next destination while living off and providing for their surroundings.
Choreographed throughout urban centers in the United States and three planes of living (subterranean, ground, and sky) the shape and form of Flock House is inspired by current global human migration patterns. Built collaboratively upon reclaimed, redesigned, and rethought materials within a gift culture, Flock House sets out to inspire reinvention of mobile structures in a time when growing urban populations are faced with imminent environmental, political, and economic instability.
Part fantastic and part realistic living, mobile Flock House living systems are both autonomous and dependent on their local community, inhabited by people experimenting with peripatetic existence to reflect our current age framed by global migration, and representing migratory structures as part of an urban ecology.
While migratory birds stock up on energy before journeying, Flock House structures depend on the built environments they land in, as well as the interdependence of human relationships to care for, share amongst, and inspire new ideas. Flock House living systems are bridges for cross-discipline, cross-boundary, and cross-border notions of property and community. Flock House reflects community-interdependence and resourcefulness, learning, curiosity, and creative exploration while fostering flexibility, adaptability, and ingenuity by imagining new notions of perimeter, property, and polity.
Due to a rise in environmental and political risk, dislocation and relocation is an increasing fixture in life and is important to consider and reconcile. The need to move is pervasive. -MM
Projects[edit | edit source]
The Fall 2011 semester of ENGR215 Introduction to Design worked with the Flock House to research, design, and build sustainable and inspiring systems for two living systems that will be traveling through and interacting with various New York neighborhoods.
Plastic Plumage and Bird CageCorrugated plastic shell and one gallon milk carton shingles. Aluminum AwarenessAluminum can shingles and 2-liter bottle windows. Poly PodIroned plastic bags and bubble-wrap doors, windows, and planters. Umbrellas awnings. Geared-Up From the Feet-UpBicycle powered generator capable of generating 100+ Watts. Pump'n PowerA handcar styled, two person, human powered, energy generator. Hyper Visible Power MeterA post-apocalyptic, bomb-like, display for the state of the Flock House batteries. Window Shopper and Back Me UpFlock House solar dehydrator and backpack solar dehydrator.