ad-hoc urban homes and neighborhoods (stuttgart)

.stuttgart tent city

frank bayh & steff rosenberger-ochs

When the building of the ‘stuttgart 21′ train station commenced, demonstrators started setting up camp on the location to prevent what is predicted to be the largest construction site in europe. German photography studio frank bayh & steff rosenberger-ochs captured make-shift homes devised and occupied by the protesters in an exhibition called ‘the development of new urban quarters in the heart of the city’. Design Boom has done a great post on it, with lots of photos:

The ad-hoc complex has resulted in a colorful and organic mixture of materials including tarps, umbrellas, sticks and blankets, all compiled into the metropolitan dwellings. The personalized teepees showcase a different type of architectural expression springing from necessity into accidental and eclectic structures. 

stuttgart tent city

frank bayh & steff rosenberger-ochs

stuttgart tent city

frank bayh & steff rosenberger-ochs

stuttgart tent city

frank bayh & steff rosenberger-ochs

We have a thing for improvised shelters, whether built inside or outside. It’s part of a kind of survivalist game we play in our heads that has varuous iterations, like: “what would we do if we had to make a shelter out of whatever is around…” We especially love the use of umbrellas in the Stuttgart homes, that give a colorful, pop-up, geodesic air to what are, essentially, teepees. Makes us want to make one of our own.

Related posts: ‘tiny homes: simple shelter’
living a portable life via jeroen toirkens ‘nomad’
‘pop-up’ room redux: interlocking cardboard
‘pop-up’ rooms within rooms
d-i-y corrugated cardboard room divider (after pistoletto)
redefining home
the art of temporary shelter

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