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Housing | Competition

Recently, a shift towards a preference to access, experience, and flexibility over ownership and accumulation has taken place, bringing about a more mobile, even nomadic, citizen. This is in part attributed to a trend in service-oriented, freelance, self-employed, and part-time occupations and industries, as well as new technologies that have popularized and amplified the sharing economy. It is my position that in the coming years, we will see the resurgence and growth of a form of resident: the nomad. While the nomad is a mobile citizen, she can be private in nature, wanting solitude and isolation. Alternatively, he might be someone who enjoys companionship, a socialite who enjoys strange encounters with unfamiliar faces. The project calls for a new domestic architecture for the nomad, and one that supports a wide range of shared amenities and programs for a variety of nomadic preferences.
Yet, the project does not presume the extinction of the permanent resident, nor does it force a nomadic life upon those who wish to stay put. Acknowledging the economic difficulties in achieving homeownership, the project realizes that the short-term rental of a part, parts, or entire home allows for an aspiring homeowner financial leverage and easement, and thus seeks to simultaneously provide a potential solution for the needs of the permanent resident as well.

Thus, the project attempts to address the ever-growing ‘AirBnB’ housing paradigm by developing architectural solutions which seek to accommodate two completely different types of user groups: permanent residents and nomads.