“Some years ago I was impressed with an Ezio Manzini’s sentence, an Italian theoretical of sustainability, he said that “Design’s role, in a future, will be to make poverty attractive ”. Science away the tools of change, but Art and Design are which, somehow, propose or imagine new scenarios. Basic home tries to make a very radical proposal attractive. It is evident that the saturation of products in “developed societies” doesn’t mean already a sign of progress, rather it is becoming a threat for the planet. If a house is kept in a pocket it is obvious that it can contain anything and breaks with our lifestyle based on consumption of products. ‘Have it all (freedom) without having almost anything’.”
- Martín Azúa, 1999. x
Not only is Martin Azua’s piece brilliant, but it is beyond intelligent as well as practical. In an interview with SmartPlanet, Azua says that, “It is more [of] an idea than a product. An image of extreme reduction that I think is very timely in these days of crisis and values changes”. Basic House could certainly provide housing for a whole lot of people in certain situations and if this project were to be commercially sold, then this could indeed be beneficial for society in terms of having a good place to sleep or to take refuge in if there were disasters to occur.
Just imagine a future world where people can sleep in big golden balloons wherever possible. What would you think of that?
- Reign Gonzales
photos and video come from martinazua.com