Jun 12, 2009

Ecoshack and Cul-de-sac Communes

One of the more interesting initiatives out there now is Ecoshack and the many projects that grow out of it. Their work is geared towards environmental masterminds, commune builders, neo-bohemians, and futurists and has a heavy dose of SoCal glitz mixed in there too. Their work bridges architecture and design but has also been including in several recent art exhibitions. While I love the Twin Teepees and the glow-in-the-dark yurts, I'm particularly interested in thinking about cul-de-sac communes. I was born and raised in a city that's become a living exhibition of suburban sprawl; therefore, I'm invested in re-purposing poorly functioning housing developments, particularly during this unprecedented wave of foreclosures.

Ecoshack, led by design guru Stephanie Smith, will soon launch a new initiative called Wanna Start A Commune? and I'm interested to see what happens. Will it go beyond drawings and blueprints? Will it manifest in long-term intentional communities or be more of a conceptual, temporary experiment? Will it result in yet another product or brand? What about the previous cul-de-sac dwellers; what do they want and how will they be involved? How can the manifestations respond to uber-local conditions? Is it a network or a service, a business or a proposal, brilliant or no? As always, only time will tell... http://www.wecommune.com/

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