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Xárene Eskandar
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    I strongly oppose attachment to ground. By becoming locked in our position, we become dependent on our surrounding environment, and eventually our dependence becomes destructive to the ecology of the area we've become accustomed to. We develop a sense of ownership because of our attachment. Think of it as a house guest who has over extended their welcome and helps him/herself to your amenities. Wouldn't you feel crowded and used? Now what if the houseguest stays for a reasonable amount of time and uses the resources you offer only for as long as it is comfortable for both of you?

    By leading a nomadic and dynamic mode of living, we can easily adapt ourselves to new environments, learn to pack less and take and use just what we need at any given moment and most importantly, learn to live without attachments to a physical location where we will end up abusing.

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    The person is draped in a fetal position (I just started at that form because I feel comfortable in that position... and don't we all begin our existence in that position...). I thought it would be funny to watch a person 'unravel' from that position to the next position—say seated upright—by releasing just enough fabric, and in the exact form to allow sitting upright. The next position would be standing and again, just enough fabric would be released from another pocket to allow for the person to stand within the cocoon. This would continue and continually change the shape of the cocoon to accommodate other positions (an extension can be released to allow for an arm to extend and so on...). Each of these spaces is connected to the previous and the final form of the cocoon will resemble anything but the human form it initially had. The final form will be a culmination of all the forms.

    This idea was extended to allow more than one person to join spaces. Instead of pockets of unraveled fabric, each cocoon is zipped on two sides:



    Each person can unzip him/herself and re-zip their space to another person's space. This cocoon can continually grow. The initial form is the shape of its occupier; the final form is the shape of the space the collective of bodies create. It is infinitely dynamic.


    (plan view)

    This leads to utilizing the concept of utility fogs. The initial form is simple and on demand of the need for the final form, they connect one by one and create shared spaces which eventually lead to the final space/shape.



    The utility fog concept can be applied to nomadic units of living space which can connect to become nomadic communities, and communities connect to become nomadic colonies. The individual units of each colony can detach at anytime and reattach at anytime and point on the colony. In addition, these colonies are also not attached to any fixed point on any ground, but are rather orbiting their selected rock. This would be a form of ubiquitous habitation.

    At this point, almost a day spent with only one eye, I begin thinking of the sense of space, depth, distance, and perspective. When fixed, with a known and familiar horizon as line of reference, we are mentally and emotionally 'fixed.' When orbiting, how do we deal with the lack of these 'grounding' senses? It may be initially difficult for the first generation. If they don't go crazy and self-destruct, the following generations may not even see the loss.

    What do we do with our waste? Ship it back to Earth, since she's on the path of becoming a 100% cluster-fuck of landfills anyway? Let the waste incinerate in her atmosphere? Will her atmosphere be around for that? Do we jet our waste to the Sun? We'll make the Sun explode one of these days. Will we learn to re-use 100% of our waste and be a waste-free colony?
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    Otto Karvonen Urban Space Occupation Kit



    An example of public space for private use. The idea of using any available space is odd because of our programmed way of accepting our activities to be designated to spaces. The essence of our activities are the same, we may only go about the process of doing it differently. Why should our activities be enclosed and private if we are doing the same things? For many it is an issue of privacy and safety.
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