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Fri, Feb. 5th, 2010 10:43 am
Mr Pantouffle's self-fab skyhut

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imomus
imomus
imomus
Fri, Feb. 5th, 2010 11:49 am (UTC)

Add: REBEL APPEAL! Each of these huts is a JAHWISE HAMMER OF THE BABYLON KING!


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Feb. 5th, 2010 12:56 pm (UTC)

Momus, don't you live in a spacious, well-appointed 75m2 flat or something? That's a lot of room for a childless couple. I doubt you'd last a week in one of those rooftop slums.

Yes of course the planet couldn't support everyone having what they want but I certainly believe everyone deserves habitation a little bit superior to cramped shantytowns dangerously perched on rooftops, is that asking too much?


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Fri, Feb. 5th, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC)

My flat is less than 50m2, as it happens, and there are two of us (plus territorially-aggresive rabbit) here.

I'm not sure what everyone in the world deserves, or what the world deserves from everyone, but I'd go back to the ratios: these huts achieve extraordinarily efficient ratios of expenditure to effectiveness. When you say "everyone deserves a big flat", do they also deserve to have to work long hours daily to pay a big rent for it? At a certain point (ie the UK private housing market) people are paying absurd amounts to live in nothing-special dwellings, and bartering huge chunks of their freedom in exchange for the privilege. I can't help feeling that if living in a small rooftop space for pretty much nothing works for you, you've executed a jolly clever dodge. At least until a typhoon hits, or the authorities close you down.


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Feb. 5th, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC)

And I can't help feeling that if you seriously think living in a flimsy slum thirty floors up where you can make dinner and sit on the toilet at the same time is a jolly clever dodge and an exemplary use of space, then you're playing woefully to type as the niggardly puritan Scot.

Combatting consumerist excess hardly means living in conditions that a tenement-dwelling immigrant in 19th century New York would have turned his nose up at. If people shouldn't always get what they want, nor should one push solutions that would have them running a mile.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Fri, Feb. 5th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)



You're on the terrace, with a beer. You have electricity, so the beer is cool. You have no rent or mortgage, so you don't have to work too hard, you can just chill up here in the breeze. You live in a tropical zone, so the weather's never cold. You've put a plant on your roof to add a touch of green. The bustle of the city is nearby -- opportunities to work and to meet people -- but it's not on top of you. Your main concern is that this house you built yourself -- you're rather proud of it, actually -- will get redeveloped one day. You hope that happens later than sooner. Sip your beer!


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(Anonymous)
Fri, Feb. 5th, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)

the above anon did not say "everyone deserves a big flat"


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