In a future where the proliferation of machine automation has made labor obsolete, the human species is provided with those basic necessities that remain; one of which is Universal Shelter (or, US). The US platform is a modular system that accommodates change over time. US adjusts to individual, nuclear, composite, and extended households and can be aggregated into communities and other networks. US integrates machine learning to anticipate change through rigorous monitoring of environmental, behavioral, and physiological inputs.
No longer do humans adapt to the home, the home responds to humans.
Emerging beyond a profit driven economy and with an abundance of time, a new egalitarian system develops around human-centered craft, environmental governance, and leisure. US modules are added and subtracted in support of this future. With an evolving array of modules, the US platform operates on the boundary between permanence and change. While US is a result of technological advancements, it provides a home for a more humanistic life.
Welcome to US.
Fraser + Fogle Architects developed a community outreach and design research project that took the form of a Parklet. The term Parklet is used to describe the conversion of a parking space into a small public park with the objective of activating existing streetscapes by expanding the pedestrian realm. The Parklet is designed to accommodate people in a variety of seating and standing positions and is shaped to the human body while providing protection from the elements.