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choosing to spend entire seasons renting a spot in an RV park, it is apparent that the RV has become a form of “prefabricated cottage” replacing the camp homes and cabins of their grandparents.
Architects, many interested in the topic of prefabrication, have largely ignored the RV phenomenon—perhaps due to the perception that these are vehicles, not homes. This is a significant omission as these vehicles represent sophisticated technological integration and a form of “prefabrication” that is widely accepted within the American culture—an acceptance that the non-mobile manufactured home industry struggles with even today. Despite the negative impressions many architects have of this industry, the RV typology is widely accepted and accommodating of a more fluid technologically integrated lifestyle. If only for these reasons alone (and there are others, as well) the RV typology deserves closer study especially as this typology might offer tangible benefits in an urban context.
3. Machines for Living
Homes have not become machines for living as Corbusier suggested (1923). Rather, they have become places to keep our machines for living. Today, the machines most desired are the ones which enable our lives in simplistic ways with powerful—and increasingly predictive—interfaces, a concept Malcolm McCullough thoughtfully explores in Digital Ground (2004). Such devices perform their tasks with minimal directed attention, and often do so transparently. This concept of transparent efficacy has been dubbed by the Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa, as design dissolving in behavior (NTT ICC, 2001). Examples include devices like the EZPass toll system, keyless locks, automatic faucets and toilets, and lights that dim when not needed.
People wish to be seamlessly enabled by products—including living environments—not inconvenienced by them. The standard house of the last century once kept pace with technological developments, offering electricity, indoor plumbing, central heating, and most recently, cooling. However, with the rapid pace of recent developments, the standard house is failing to keep up on many accounts from keyed locks, manually operated light switches/blinds/windows, water that needs to be mixed to desired temperatures, waste that requires sorting, and a whole host of other accepted, but ultimately archaic features.
By comparison, due to the advantages of mass production and shorter product life-cycles, automotive design has done a much better job at keeping current. Offering both desirable and predictive amenities like onboard hands- free cellular service, audio systems that integrate one’s iPod, auto-dimming headlights/rear view mirrors, GPS systems, anti-lock braking, bumper sensors, and much more. One aspect worth noting in the automotive industry
SECTION VII: Collaborative Design

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