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Bike Trailer Homes for Portland's homeless

"Sarah Cloutier’s idea came from a dream. From it, the 27-year-old Pacific Northwest College of Art student knew what she would do for her yearlong, senior project: 'I woke up with this idea for modular housing, constructed by the people who lived in it that would work for people who had inadequate housing.'
And so began her quest to create what she calls Bootstrap Homes — trailers just big enough to fit one person lying down and provide shelter and storage for those facing homelessness.…"
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11 comments:

helen said...

A creative bunch - those Portlanders!

Lew said...

I like the wet pavement reflection of the rear tire.

Anonymous said...

Yes, but this is STILL not a home...where will they eat and take care of their basic hygiene needs and where will they clean their clothes? This is not a solution to homelessness...only a bandaide to give them someplace to sleep that is not in on the ground in the open. Yet, it is still on the street, which is not really any safer from mean people who prey on these helpless people.

Anonymous said...

more positive than doorway's. I like it!

Owl said...

I don't think there is ever an easy solution to homelessness. I have had two friends who have had to cope with it. One who made do with an urban environment, moving from friend to friend to find a place to sleep while scratching together what he could to make a new and modest re-start. The other went rural, he made a shelter within a woodland and used the college he was studying at to store things and get a warm shower and facilities when he could.

The bike trailer is a great little thing, but perhaps as more of a shelter while touring on two wheels.

Anonymous said...

These are great. We Have a growing number of homeless that do not utilize the homeless shelter. Whatever their reasoning I respect their wishes. Some of them have issues that prevent them from adhereing to the rules of the shelter. And, most shelters close their door at sometime or another. So, this would be great for them to move about with their belongings. One of these with a bike would make them mobile. Ofcoarse, this does not solve the problem of housing, heck I am trying to keep one of my own.

Anonymous said...

this idea is the icing on the cake of art or architecture schools... many persons have already designed wheeled or folding shelters (for example Winfried Bauman or Folie/Culture in Quebec). One of the most beautiful and comfortable is a vegetable igloo in Shangaï, I seem to remember that the architect lived in it for a quite long time...

I think there are two approaches : either you design this kind of shelter as an artist, with no consideration for its everyday use and with the intention of provoking and making people sensitive to the problem, either you design it and live in it and test its true usefulness !
I think that Sarah's plan does not work. It's a trailer for luggage... but you can't let it alone in the street. Homeless persons need safe places and a true home, not a mini gypsy caravan looking like a toy for children !
Sarah, please, try another dream... with Builders without Borders !

St. Johns Cultural Guild said...

Portland, cannot sustain the amount of homeless individuals who whether by design, mental illness, military stress or economics has forced people outdoors. We have people living in Forest Park, which is not an ideal situation for the Parks Service. We also do not have shelters that support owners and pets. We also have a growing number of homesless teenagers who living on the streets. Portland Rain is bone chilling. Getting people off the ground is better then in a doorway or under the bridges. I would rather see a group of these on the street, then homeless in the bushes. What I love about this design is it is practical. inexpensive and she is working on one now with a bicycle hitch. And, yes bathroom facilities are an issue. But, something that can be addressed.
Portland. prides itself on sustainable practices. This is the first step to making people feel human again. This is a good beginning. Last but not least it is a great art statement. Great for the weekend bike trips to the beach, or out to the park to paint. Spending the night out in the backyard with the kids. Better than a tent. just roll out of the Garage. Great idea for a afternoon of garage sales in the summer.
Just think of what you could do, with it?

Amelia said...

I like the concept... I don't think it's going to solve anything, but it's a neat idea, I like those small living space homes...

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sri said...

Prior to the advent of that technology, folks would sit their youngsters inside a plastic seat strapped onto the again of your bike.Bike Trailer

Anonymous said...

nice posting.. thanks for sharing.

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