Why move your stuff when you can live in a walking city?

When in architecture school, my heroes were Archigram, the English architects famous for among other things, Ron Herron's Walking City from 1964. Fifty years later, Spanish architectural student Manuel Dominguez proposes a "Very Large Structure" that is " a nomadic city that can move on caterpillar tracks to locations where work and resources are abundant."

dust© Manuel Dominguez

According to ArchDaily,

Its mobility is proposed as a way to encourage reforestation of the static cities which it replaces, and part of its day-to-day function is the management of this environment. The specific social conditions of the Spanish territory it is designed for also add to its relevance: it provides work for the high number of unemployed citizens in Spain.

walking city© Manuel Dominguez

There is a real logic to this, treading sort of lightly on the ground, moving the whole city to where the resources and the jobs are. For that matter it could be like those snowbird seniors who summer up north and move to Arizona in the winter. Why not have a whole mobile retirement community do the same thing: Summer in Canada, do all your doctors appointments, and then move the whole community for six months less a day to Arizona so that they all can keep their Canadian heath care. Get the best of both worlds.

Beautifully presented by Manuel Dominguez; lots more images on Archdaily.

Walking city© Manuel Dominguez

See more Archigram inspired projects in the related links to the left.

Herron© Ron Herron/ The original walking city

Tags: Architecture | Spain


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