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Yu Jie Wu (M, 28)
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    Nomadism: Paper, Part 2: Physical Needs
    The most pressing issue is offering a system of living which provides the same physical comfort and safety as a home does. Shelter, heating/cooling, sanitation, cooking and storage facilities, and sleeping quarters are the main aspects that need to be covered.

    The solution is to create a network of dorms, motels, hotels and various living spaces that offer temporary abodes for modern nomads. Unlike the existing hotels, motels and dorms, the period in which the nomads stay is not pre-determined, instead, they can, if they choose to, leave and enter whenever they want, considering that there is enough space. These abodes must be sanitized and comfortable, although not to the level of luxury (to maintain economic viability). There is no need, in this solution, to create spaces that are dedicated to modern nomads. Instead, existing spaces are simply put in a different system and context for this alternative lifestyle. Most of these places will have the proper facilities for cooking or hygiene, and will be well-maintained by the nomads themselves, who will also have to pay for a “membership” that can be used to cover rent in any abode within the network.

    How about storage, then? It is clear that when being a nomad, there is a need to reduce the number of personal possessions, to allow for maximum flexibility. However, it is also clear that in this modern world, there is still a need for physical possessions like books, pens, notebooks and the like, all of which can never be replaced by the computer (at least, not viably at the time of writing). For this reason, a separate storage facility, conveniently located in an approximate neighborhood, has to be created, where modern nomads can store clothes, books, and any possessions they do not need that day. Whenever they need anything, they can simply walk to the facility, and access their personal storage unit through finger-printing technology, or any other biometric system (when it becomes viable and widely implemented). To create such storage facilities, communes of nomads will have to work together to find locations that suit everybody, possibly through mathematical means, in a way subverting the city and re-making it how the nomads see fit.

    But exactly how viable is this living condition? Families will have trouble adjusting to the new lifestyle, so will any group with senior citizens or young kids. Anybody less comfortable with the idea of moving will have trouble. Who, then, is this targeted to? The key target group will be those from the ages of 18 to 30, studying or working, not tied down completely and still experimental and flexible. It is possible to maintain a healthy romantic relationship, and even get married, within this lifestyle, but when children come into play, the situation does change. Although the initial movement will not aim to include people with children, provisions have to be made, as detailed below.

    Child-care centers. Easy as that. For modern nomads, living in a temporary living space would mean not having a place where children (or senior citizens) can stay. The abodes planned will not be large enough to hold any active child, so childcare centers will have to be included in the network that allow for a convenient place for toddlers to play. The same goes for senior citizens, they have the freedom to move wherever they wish, and if they wish to, there will be special centers dedicated to offering them safe and comfortable places to rest during the day. No disrespect is intended here, it is merely necessary to tackle these issue at an early stage in the movement’s development.

    Detailed above is the preliminary plan for the physical aspect of the modern nomad movement, and it covers the basic issues that need to be tackled. Overall, the solution is viable only with community participation. Dorms, motels and other living spaces need to be willing to offer living spaces, in exchange for money of course, and nomads have to be willing to maintain the living spaces and work together to create convenient locations for storage facilities. Without a doubt, the nomad movement will force people to engage even more with others and interact at a deeper level than our society currently offers.


    To be written: Psychological needs fulfilled by human interaction, possible problems, advantages and disadvantages, possible social and humanitarian applications.

    Sun, Jul 12, 2009  Permanent link
    Categories: nomadism, society, future
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