ARCH 502A: Architectural Design V Gallery: Designing for a New Collective Good – Inclusive Alternatives of Urban Value Creation

Urban Nomads

The NOMAD system is a hyper-mobile shelter unit that gives the users agency to embark on self-improving journeys without the limitation of being stuck in a permanent location. The design concept takes inspiration from modern herding tribes where teamwork, trust and mobility are their lifeline. The shelter works in conjunction with NOMAD checkpoint stations, which are essentially urban hubs that serve as intermittent goals where NOMAD users will journey towards. The checkpoints operate as docking stations that grant access to electricity and water, but more importantly, a guaranteed place for companionship and support. The purpose of the NOMAD system is to re-establish the city into an environment that thrives on the collaboration of the homeless community and city dwellers.