Temporary Treehouse Shelters

Temporary Treehouse Shelter
This tree house design from Recetas Urbanas speaks to the homeless problem I discussed earlier. It is an installation from 2001 in Sevilla designed as temporary treehouse shelter for the urban guerrilla.

The modus operandi as quoted in their site:
– Occupation of a tree with provisional shelter.
– Resistance to urban politics.
– Light construction systems.
– Reversible colonization strategy.
– Dynamics of social adhesion.
– Lucid, but destabilizing, action.
– Instantaneous temporal sequence.

I like this architectural design approach to validating a transient lifestyle. I’m sure there are many urban planners, city counsellors, and bylaw enforcement types who would oppose the idea as promoting chaos, lawlessness, and homelessness. I think people are entitled to behave in ways that are not formally within the social structure is okay because cultivating a degree of personal independence is a healthy thing for people to do, should they choose to.


“It is not necessary to justify what should be obvious concerning the inability of urban planning to define the development and growth of a city that finds itself incapable of action given the changes in political attitudes, which means an absolute submission to the demands of the market and ground speculation.” Is the city really concerned about an individual’s capacity to meet their basic shelter needs?

A profound design, like this urban temporary treehouse shelter, is like an objectified how-to manual: How to enable the environmental nomad, urban guerrilla, social demonstrator, and modern gypsy. It embodies an easy step-by-step guide on how to empower people who want to live without excessive infrastructure; how to practice alternate lifestyle techniques; how to acquire an alternate lifestyle point-of-view.

And the funny thing is that revolutionary objects don’t really tell you anything. They are just props that are really good at helping you write your own life manual. People innately want to learn and grow, to build their own adaptive repertoire, existential flexibility, and the capacity to self-sustain their humanity. However, whenever, wherever.