V343: v = l

That’s shorthand for taking a three dimensional perspective to a 2 dimensional one. Or turn a v into an l if you just break it down. Look at it from this different perspective. I love flatpack design and have included it before now in a make-a-(green) plan post.

This is a whole apartment concept via Treehugger called 90 degrees by Dutch designer Louwrien Kaptein. This takes a drop leaf table concept on an adventure.


Rosa said...

That is beautiful.

I wonder if you could construct something that was light, foldable, and can fit onto a cargo bike trailer (like a bikes that work one).

katecontinued said...

I think the biggest restriction would be the length. The room is made up of 4'x8'sheets. Could a bike cargo trailer do that? The other piece could be scaled shorter and still work as a divider plus . . . Homosote is a lightweight product that can double as a tackable surface (at least where strength isn't crucial).

In my mind, I see large spaces like empty grocery stores, warehouses, etc. housing populations in transition within emergency situations(climate disasters, economic collapse, war torn cities, etc.). This concept could help define boundaries, semi-private spaces without building permanent walls.

Rosa said...

Bikes that Work sells an 8' (96") trailer with a 300lb weight capacity - they actually show carrying a 4x8 sheet on their web site, I think for a stack of sheets you would want them upright, not parallel to the street - 4' is awfully wide to haul. Though the wind drag might be bad.

I would worry about safety in a large subdivided area, though. There's a reason SROs use plywood and chicken wire - no open spaces to climb through, and pretty noisy to break through. Safety for people & cash is always in a problem in a shared space.

katecontinued said...

There are no easy answers - for sure. I'd say the bike is a no . . . and the large scale use would have to be for a known group, a family or similar community where trust is established and survival . . . when all else is gone . . . is the key.

Limited utiily . . . looks like.

Rosa said...

well, in a global view everything is of limited utility.

Flatpak housing has so many good points, it seems like there must be a bunch of uses for it that I'm not seeing.

You're right that it would be good for a big trusted group - so if you were running a retreat center or something, this would be useful. Or for long-term convalescing patients in a hospital, or a large group for a family reunion or something.

katecontinued said...

The retreat notion made me think of a company that could provide "Rent a Retreat" set up. That is a great idea. Let's go into business . . . :)

Rosa said...

Gods know, I have enough job stress right now.

On Wednesday I got moved to a different subbing position in my company; on Thursday my reporting structure was completely changed; Friday my son got puking illness; today I missed the first day of training due to having puking illness myself. Grrr.

katecontinued said...

((((Rosa)))) I am so sorry this all has hit you right now.

Rosa said...

Thank you.

I'm just feeling extra whiny. Probably because of being sick (yesterday, Mica was still kind of sickly and very well behaved at day care - the teacher described him as "lethargic" and "cooperative", neither of which is usually true.)

But also because nobody I know considers my job important or understands why it could still be causing me stress, 8 weeks into the "we are going to randomly change everything and keep changing it until we figure out what our plan should have been" reorganization project.

To be fair, my partner has also been sick and that's where a lot of the lack of empathy comes from. But most of my friends have careers, instead of just jobs, and I spend a lot of time listening to them plan job changes and negotiations, so it's really frustrating not to be listened to when things are bad at my job. But I'm moving *up* into a position most of them consider a kind of low-skill fallback, so they don't see the stress points.