While it isn’t exactly legal, the vertical stealth shelters created by Malka Architecture in France have attracted some much needed attention to the increased homelessness across the country. “A-KAMP47″ uses camping tents in a creative way to provide protection for the community’s impoverished, and also forces the issue into the public sphere so that there can be more discussions, and hopefully more action.
The makeshift shelter was made possible by the mobile and lightweight characteristics of a pop-up tent, each of which provides an individual living space. All 23 units come together to protect against cold weather and vandalism, while the design takes hold of a previously unoccupied space to question whether the vertical plot is public or private property.
Images: Laurent Garbit