Professor: 
Udo Greinacher

In a world where we let go of the comfort of familiarity... We open the door to a world where we are one with nature, and each other as a species. Living in a static society allows us the comfort of stability, but what is that really worth? We destroy the world we live in to consume energy to fight the forces of nature, all in the name of comfort. The self-reliant nomadic life proposal seeks to break the chains of society. By separation of people from each other and a divorce of the concept of ownership, humanity will flourish; only by separation from each other can we truly become one as a species.
This semester long study explores a novel solution for an alternate earth, in which society never congregates permanently. The social unit breaks down from a country, down into a city, down into a community, then a family, all the way down to the individual. This proposal suggests that the way to live naturally and be one with the world and humanity, is to detach from our species. This is all made possible by a specially designed mobile home. Borrowing from instances in nature, this home gives its inhabitant the ability to live sustainably and independently, migrating with the weather and living off the land.
The molecules in many organisms, both on land and in the ocean, possess the ability to illuminate their bodies. The DNA in these organisms is able to be transferred to other organic and non organic materials.  
The geometry of clustered bubbles allows for a random and structurally homogenous form. The air pockets in bubbles, and in the bi-layered ETFE, allows for easy solar heat transfer.
The skin of geckos is made of millions of microscopic fibers that allow them to stick to any surface. The cells that make up the structure utilize this technique to stick to each  while maintaining the ability to be detached
When a user decides it is time to pack up and move to a new location, generally when weather becomes undesirable, the computer interface allows the modules of the home to be taken apart and rearranged in a sphere, with the user and their possessions safely tucked inside. The now mobile home tracks wind currents, and guides itself to one, where it is swept up and begins its journey, much like tumbleweeds in the desert.
Artificially placed Bioluminescent DNA allows select modules to give off light collected from the previous day’s sun during the nighttime, providing a sustainable source of light. During the day, those same modules react to ultraviolet light with photo-chromatic polymers, darkening and creating a comfortable reduced indoor lighting level, and providing a layer of privacy. The interior of a home, needing to possess the ability to pack up and move, contains non-rigid furniture, and small possessions that can be stored in a folded pocket of modules. The user sleeps on a hammock, and owns only small possessions such as pots for cooking on an open fire. All homes run on a computer interface that connects between all surrounding homes. This  interface runs on solar power, and allows for control of all aspects of the home, such as when it is time to pack up, GPS control,  and connection to satellites that give weather info. In addition, all homes are connected by social network, giving users their status, such as their social record and crime history.
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