Truckitechture: On the Rise of the Nomad

Comic book showing four different story panels

Dominique Di Libero

Dominique Di Libero graduated recently from the Ryerson School of Interior Design, and was in my Sustainable Design class this year. As part of her thesis she produced a graphic novel looking at the housing crisis that is happening in many successful cities. It is an impressive bit of work and I asked if we could publish it in TreeHugger.

credit: Dominique Di Libero

Dominique writes: As I speedily approach the looming adult working world, I have been grappling with my desire for liberation from the traditional idioms of social structure, whilst trapped in a seemingly inescapable complacency. This yearning for freedom from a capitalist society led me to the growing trend of contemporary hippies that quit their day-jobs, buy Mercedes Sprinter vans, and travel the world (if this is news to you, just google “Quit My Job and Bought a Van”). But what if this nomadic resurgence was not something that was restricted to middle class millennials that can afford mobile living with all the bells and whistles?

credit: Dominique Di Libero

I have been grappling with my desire for liberation from the traditional idioms of social structure, whilst trapped in a seemingly inescapable complacency. This yearning for freedom from a capitalist society led me to the growing trend of contemporary hippies that quit their day-jobs, buy Mercedes Sprinter vans, and travel the world (if this is news to you, just google “Quit My Job and Bought a Van”). But what if this nomadic resurgence was not something that was restricted to middle class millennials that can afford mobile living with all the bells and whistles?

credit: Dominique Di Libero

The often misconstrued rose coloured glasses of hippie nostalgia brought me to delve into architecture and planning theory from the late 60s and early 70s, a time of comparable political and social unrest. Also a time in which most published work was written by old white men. From these theories I pulled a new theoretical framework on which to base the de-centralization of the city. The story that follows draws similarities from the counterculture movement, and reflects on it as a way of looking forward towards a new urban re-ordering that emerges from fluid territories. Truckitechture and its alternate domesticities play in the gap between hippie-ness and modernism. Emerging from ideas of radical architecture, in which all planning processes are reduced to zero, Truckitechture illustrates a time in which we also migrate into unplanned space, and poses the question; could nomadism be applied to the masses?

credit: Dominique Di Libero

If you would like to order a hard copy risograph print version of this comic please email dominiquedilibero (at) gmail.com

credit: Dominique Di Libero

If you would like to order a hard copy risograph print version of this comic please email dominiquedilibero (at) gmail.com

credit: Dominique Di Libero

If you would like to order a hard copy risograph print version of this comic please email dominiquedilibero (at) gmail.com

credit: Dominique Di Libero

If you would like to order a hard copy risograph print version of this comic please email dominiquedilibero (at) gmail.com

credit: Dominique Di Libero

If you would like to order a hard copy risograph print version of this comic please email dominiquedilibero (at) gmail.com

credit: Dominique Di Libero

The End.