Wearable Homes, 2004 - ongoing
The Mobility of Home
In the initial stages of designing and creating the Wearable Home, I considered the significance of architecture and how it relates to events, places, and emotions. Architecture is the interplay between physical space, network space, and mental space. As the world gets smaller, architecture will be less about cultural affinities and relate more to economic globalization. The wearable home may soon be the epitome of a globalized state. It is quite likely that with either the user-driven innovations of an open source collaboration and exchange, or a narrowing of actual product choice and a widening of perceived product choice; we will weed through and add to a variety of ideas, which, finally, will not create endless choices but fewer, similar choices.
The fabric used is an outerlayer combination of Kaiok, a phase change material like Outlast® Adaptive Comfort®, waterproof Cordura, Solarweave UV protectant fabric, and the inner muslin layer. The fabric has the ability to keep the body at a comfortable temperature no matter the weather. The encapsulated warmers (like those found in electric blankets) are also woven into the innermost layer of the home, and through sensors, are adjusted to your bodies temperature and keep the home warm or cool on the inside to counteract the outside. The electronic silver threads in the fabric connecting to the sensors (one at the wrist and one at the ear for the healthy person) will give wearers the ability to monitor themselves, their health and introspectively study themselves, as well as monitor the outdoor conditions, and transmit information to one another, currently through a ZigBee connection or secure nodal random key coding and patterning frequency that can be set up to directly interface with another person’s home and information. This infrastructure will be able to receive signals from satellite and aid in GPS, mapping VA goggles, cel-sat and Internet. The middle portion of the home can inflate in water and the stomach portion expands to hold objects of devotion or dedication or need, but this area is generally kept belted in. Will we have babies traditionally? This area can expand to make room for a baby or for babies.
A water purification device should be housed. However, the wearer can make his or her own with a few containers, a muslin fabric, stones, sand, and activated charcoal (the best way to make your own activated charcoal is to burn coconut shells and let the fire smolder underneath leaves of some kind, depleting the oxygen while the shell ashes).
The Wearable Home is for a time when contemporary architecture provides temporal services, it become a space we move in and out of daily, and do not need or depend on. Our business is worldwide, our self is a receptacle or vessel for global connectivity and we have perhaps less need for the physical world. Many of our jobs will become more idea-oriented, and for progressive companies (which one must be to succeed in our globally-competitive world) wherever we get our best work done, it will be done, and we will deliver it via the web and rely on video conferencing or face-to-face meetings that involve travel and meeting cohorts overseas, most of the work-day. We gently become a global culture obsessed with the creation of ideas, of survival or the aid of mass-survival. The physical world becomes a place to enjoy through travel, avoid through the insularity of the wearable home, the omnipresent Internet and reprocessing of the physical world through media.