Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake, floods in Pakistan, and the recent tsunami off the coast of Japan have woken us up to our future: as climate change escalates, so too will natural and unnatural disasters. But as our readers well know, we think green design can change the world. Which is why Rob Walker's organization Hypothetical Development Organization - a consortium of designers who create "implausible futures for unpopular places" - caught our attention. More art than architecture, and a clever way to get people thinking about how to reclaim unused spaces or derelict buildings, these renders defy all limitations with sometimes absurd solutions. We especially love the vertical garden gone wild and the food house that can deliver produce anywhere.
Although these designs were created for specific sites throughout New Orleans, the Hypothetical Development Organization doesn’t really believe that a theater which transports people to another time and space can exist. But from their point of view, limitations, or plausibility, kill creativity. Perhaps the same is true of green design. Why not imagine a world where gardens are free to grow in every which direction, or a tower composed of a series of low-impact sleeping pods? If imagining what is absurd will help us to find real, sustainable solutions, we say let your imaginations run wild!
Residents and visitors to New Orleans can take a peak at these and other renders until May 7th at the Du Mois Gallery.