Foldable Urban Shelters Could Solve Homelessness

Brooklyn-based artist and architect designed collapsible shelters aimed at altering how people perceive public and private space in urban areas.

Brooklyn based artist and architectural designer, Chat Travieso builds playful and interactive urban installations that encourage people to question the surrounding built environment. His work takes the form of creations that promote sustainability with an emphasis on on simplicity, reuse, and a ‘make-do’ mentality. Constructed of steel, wood, aluminum, canvas, and other materials, Travieso’s one-person structures easily fold, allowing for them to be placed in any urban area.

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Each of the collapsible shelters (No. 1 No. 2 and No. 3) are portable, lightweight, and can also be repurposed as dwellings for city campers or the homeless. Though not intended to be a living space, they’re playful pieces that encourage us to think about the role of private in public space in cities.

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 Chat Travieso

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