Putting The Suburbs On Wheels
Homeway offers an interesting conceptual commuting solution.
As cities meld into megatropolises for industry, commuting is a right of passage for most workers. Forgoing the environmental and fuel costs, commuter towns often offer an anonymous existence for most people rising before the beginning of the day and returning home well into the night. In the wake of such obstacles, non-profit Terreform has unveiled the “Homeway” concept system, which emphasizes dwelling-mobility over individual ones:
In the future, the physical home will remain permanent but its location will be transient. Our static suburbs will be transformed into a dynamic and deployable flow. Houses will have the option to switch from parked to low speed. Homes, big box retail, movie theaters, supermarkets, business hubs, food production, and power plants will depart from their existing sprawled communities and line up along highways to create a truly breathing interconnected metabolic urbanism. Dense ribbons of food, energy, waste and water elements will follow the direction of moving population clusters.
Here, mobility offers a new kind of networked ecology between the home and workplace. However, it is unclear from their model how the mobility of the home would account for the huge energy spends from moving homes; yet, it would potentially save forest and land consumption.