This month, Know Science presents:
PARASITE BY MICHAEL RAKOWITZ
The parasite shelter of Michael M. On 26th street and 9th avenue in New York.
Urban winters are the toughest for the homeless and below zero temperatures can sometimes result in death in those sleeping on the streets.
Artist Michael Rakowitz, while still a student at MIT, started designing a smart urban shelter for the homeless which uses excess heat from building HVAC systems to inflate and warm its structure. The parasite shelters are collapsible, cost under $5, are made with clear plastic bags (sometimes usingZiploc bags), and can be customized to fit different spatial requirements.
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