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These Wheeled 'Makeshift Dwellings' Represent Injustice

Lily di Costanzo
September 30, 2013
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High-design mobile homes and micro homes are having their moment in the sun, and Portuguese artist Carlos No fits right in with his series of makeshift dwellings, which happen to be both micro and mobile. Titled "Villa Bidão," or "Braggart City," the collection aims not to be hip, per se, but instead to represent social injustice. For example, the bicycle home above lacks the proper framework to stay upright, therefore recalling "the idea of a shanty town as a place unsuitable for habitation."

Some of No's "metaphorical undertones" are more transparent than others, like, for example, the "huge barrels (↓) evocative of a heavy burden and worn materials personifying neglect," in the words of Design Boom. In many ways, though, No's point is a bit obscured by the fact that his work, much like other tricycle homes, would be downright appealing to tiny-house loving hipsters hoping to get their hands on that bike-house combo, faulty infrastructure and all.

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· Makeshift Dwellings Made Uninhabitable by Carlos No [Designboom]
· All micro homes coverage [Curbed National]
· All mobile homes coverage [Curbed National]

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