Framlab proposes 3D-printed modular microneighborhoods to shelter NYC’s homeless
The growing population of homeless New Yorkers is sending creative agency Framlab up a wall–literally. The Oslo- and New York City-based agency has proposed a way to provide shelter for the city’s homeless in an arrangement of 3D-printed micro-neighborhoods comprised of hexagonal modules designed to attach to a scaffold structure, creating a second layer of properties, basically, alongside a building’s empty wall (h/t designboom). In the project, called “Homed,” the modular pods can be clustered together, creating a “cellular mosaic” with their fronts facing the street.
The front faces of the Homed units create a cellular mosaic that doesn’t disturb the character of the neighborhood. Image: Framlab
Framlab has really done their homework, providing detailed specifics on the proposal to create the densely-packed pods that would offer year-round housing that can withstand cold winter winds and provide a cool space in summer heat. The main backbone of a Homed cluster is a scaffolding framework that integrates vertical circulation and in-situ installation capabilities. The exterior is made of oxidized aluminum cladding with a soft, human-friendly environment inside.
At night, the embedded display feature can showcase digital murals, public information or ads, ideally functioning as financial instruments for the tenant or city. Image: Framlab
The mirrored modules reflect views of the cityscape outside. The modules have even been designed to showcase digital artwork or public information (or, sigh, giant ads) at night.
Interior modules are 3D-printed from recyclable bioplastics, making them environment-friendly and cost-effective. Interiors are extremely flexible and can be tailored to residents’ wishes; furniture, storage, equipment and smart technologies can all be integrated into the tiny space to create a safe and comfortable dwelling.
The structural framework for the Homed community is made up of modified scaffolding – an economical, flexible system system that quickly can be erected and disassembled.. Image: Framlab
Different types of units can be created, all of which means a timely deployment of Homed communities can be created or moved to wherever the need exists–a Homed community can be created in a matter of days. Find out more about this remarkable “shelter with dignity” idea here.