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January 08, 2006

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Tom Craver

It's clever - I doubt it'd catch on in developed nations, other than where a version of it already has (the pickup truck "camper"). But maybe if the alternative is an equally compact mud brick hut.

From what I can see, the main benefit of stacking them as shown is maintaining a feeling of openness, community level uniqueness, and separateness.

But it really would need an energy efficient means of getting to the upper floors. Maybe a system of per-cube rope-elevators, in keeping with the "treehouse" feel. :-)

Mike Deering

Using counterweights, you could move the cubes up and down for egress (down), and scenery (up).

Janessa Ravenwood

That would certainly thrill me, having my home jerked around every time one of my neighbors wanted in or out.

shegeek

If I was going to share that little space with someone, or have neighbors that close, we would have to get along very, very well.

Pace Arko

As far as I can tell, this thing really isn't that much different from a typical one bedroom apartment. The novelty seems to come from the fact that it's portable and modular. But there is a certain stigma attached to modular prefab living in the United States--trailer parks for example.

If through some cheap retrofitting technology (like MEMS or nanomachinary.) existing apartment buildings, coops and condos could be made truly modular, extensible and portable maybe there'd be something here.

Still the world getting more densely urbanized all the time. At least in the post-industrial world, people who living dense apartments and condos have a lower impact on the environment than people who live in the McMansions out on the edge of suburban sprawl. Dense, with some exceptions, is better.

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