SR-Hab, Finland 2010

SR-Hab (Socially Responsive Habitat), Finland, Poland, 2010 in collaboration with students from the Department of Mechanical Engineering@ McGill University

The SR-Hab (Socially Responsive Habitat) project is a mobile, self-sustainable bicycle unit for urban commuting and dwelling, developed in collaboration with students from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at McGill University in Montreal. A big part of existence today is mobility. With growing environmental concerns, commuters are making efforts to be more eco-friendly. My solution to this demand combines a commuter bicycle with a habitat that can sustain basic living necessities ‘off the grid.’ The electricity generated by the user powers the appliances within the habitat such as lights, laptop, iPod and cooking instruments.


Sleeping Dress Prototype

SleepingDress prototype 1-2, Mexico City, Mexico, Toulouse, France, Brussels, Belgium and Tallinn, Estonia, 2004

The SleepingBagDress prototype involves a multipurpose kimono-dress that when inflated changes into a cylindrical container inhabitable by one or two people. The SleepingBagDress prototypes operate on a small computer fan powered by a rechargeable lead battery (prototype 1) and NiMH batteries charged by a solar panel incorporated into the dress itself (prototype 2) and looks at the portability and self-sustainability of a wearable cell, comfortable as both, a dress and a temporary shelter. The SleepingBagDress prototype was used in walking performance in Mexico City (Mexico 2003), Toulouse (France 2004), Brussels (Belgium 2004) and as part of the 2004 International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA) in Tallinn (Estonia). It won an honorable mention in the Palm Mobility contest and was featured in Air Canada’s enRoute magazine in October 2007.


Dressware project 2003

Dressware, long-term research and development project, 2003

Dressware was inspired by the legacy of the British collective - Archigram that investigated the relationship between cities and new technologies, regarding fun, play, and pleasure as their projects’ rationale. Expanding on Archigram’s concept of ‘clothing for living in’, my own project evolves around the idea of clothing as portable architecture in ‘you never know WEAR?’ situations of local and global emergencies. Considering how our lives have become multi-dimensional and multi-demanding, this work attempts to comment on global uncertainties and the relation between technology and everyday life. Dressware brings our individual needs to the basic experience of survival and consists of three prototypes: SleepingBagDress, ParachuteDress and LifesaverDress.