3D-Printed Pods Provide Housing For NYC’s Homeless In This Concept
Framlab believes the idea can alleviate homelessness in cities, providing shelter at minimal cost
Population swells and rent rises in major cities means an increase in the number of people living on the street. Design studio Framlab came up with a concept for how to create tiny homes for homeless people, protecting them from the elements and restoring their privacy.
Framlab’s Homed projects mix together space-saving design and futuristic construction methods. The pods are polygonal and take advantage of what the creators call “vertical lots.” These are unused faces of buildings and other structures to which the Homed pods can attach using an economically-built scaffolding structure.
The outside wall of regular seven-story apartment building can already fit 95 pods. Each residential pod is a micro-bedroom that can accommodate up to two beds. Designed to be modular, separate shower and bathroom pods will be installed for each community. To make the entire project more viable, the outer layer of the pods will also be compatible mounts for digital screens. This turns the pods into a screen for large-scale outdoor advertising, which can subsidize the cost.
While prefab aluminum shells and frames give the Homed rigidity, it is the 3D-printed inner shell that gives it flexible living space. For example, furniture can organically be integrated into the pods.
PSFK has seen several similar concepts of low-footprint, high-density living quarters for the homeless including one from a London-based design lab. Another one proposes the use of shipping containers.
In the world’s most active cities, low-cost developments are a non-priority. Using these innovative ideas would give the government a chance to provide cost-effective homes for residents in need of shelter. While Homed offers protection from the elements and a decent living space, it requires a minimal amount of construction considering the number of people it can accommodate.