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fixed home to serve as a hospitable base camp for explorations—what Makimoto and Manners suggest as cerebral nomadism (1997).
Claude Lévi-Strauss said, “One must be very naïve or dishonest to imagine that men choose their beliefs independently of their situation” (1955). As such, behaviors in any society are shaped by their technological and cultural frameworks; which continuously evolve in a reflexive, and unpredictable manner. Today, numerous governance institutions continue to reinforce settlement patterns based on agricultural conditions that no longer exist. Among these are governance boundaries, land ownership laws, tax structures, zoning laws, and land based utility infrastructure. In light of current technological considerations, the cost and popularity of urban dwelling, predicted environmental changes, and occupational fluidity, fixed dwellings may become less desirable than options that more easily enable mobility and technological integration.
If these institutional resistances to fluidity can evolve, or be overcome, mobile solutions like the Jump Box will invigorate the lifestyle of the digital nomad and perhaps stimulate greater technological innovation for the home. The Jump Box offers a strategy for providing dwellings that is more aligned with current industrial production techniques, cultural desires, and technological integration similar to other consumer products.
In 1935, such was the popularity of travel trailers that Roger Babson, predictor of the stock market crash of 1929, offset his speculative record with this lofty prognostication, “Within twenty years, more than half of the population of the United States, will be living in automobile trailers.” (Keister, 2006). If the Jump Box concept is thoughtfully implemented and finds a receptive audience, digital nomads may yet help Babson correct his predictive record.
(Author’s Note: Interested parties are invited to contact me regarding the possibility of becoming involved in the development of open-source standards for this project.)
I would like to thank Daniel Schodek, Antoine Picone and Bill Saunders (Harvard Graduate School of Design), Dan Willis, (Pennsylvania State University) for their support, guidance and inspiration in researching this topic. Rebecca Henn, (University of Michigan) has offered invaluable insight, advice, and editing despite enduring several years of ranting about this topic.
ABBAS, Y., March 23, 2006. Guest Lecturer, Digital Culture, Space and Society, for Picon, A., Harvard GSD. See also [Online],
3rd Int’l ASCAAD Conference on Em‘body’ing Virtual Architecture [ASCAAD-07, Alexandria, Egypt]

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