Homeway: Mobile Housing of the Future


images by Lloyd Alter

We love the idea of mobile housing, of not being tied down to a piece of land, but instead having the flexibility to follow work or your dreams instead of commuting to them. Mitchell Joachim and Terreform take the idea to a whole new level with Homeway, where houses are mounted on mobile platforms and can move to wherever they need to be, all sustainably powered, of course.

I attended the opening of the Terreform exhibit at the Daniels School of Architecture in Toronto in January, and intended to go back to photograph Mitchell Joachim's work when there were no crowds. It never happened, and upon seeing Designboom's pictures today, I thought I would put mine up as well.

Joachim writes:

How can our cities extend into the suburbs sustainability? We propose to put our future American dwellings on wheels. These retrofitted houses will flock towards downtown city cores and back. We intended to reinforce our existing highways between cities with an intelligent renewable infrastructure. Therefore our homes will be enabled to flow continuously from urban core to core.



America has always been a nation on the road. We desire to move the suburbs on smart networked wheels. We intend to affix a diverse range of mobility mechanisms to home units that generate our novel HOMEWAY system. In the future, the physical home will remain permanent but its location will be transient. Our static suburbs will be transformed into a dynamic and deployable flow.


Houses will have the option to switch from parked to low speed. Homes, big box retail, movie theaters, supermarkets, business hubs, food production, and power plants will depart from their existing sprawled communities and line up along highways to create a truly breathing interconnected metabolic urbanism. Dense ribbons of food, energy, waste and water elements will follow the direction of moving population clusters.

More at Terreform.

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