Homeless Vehicle Project Favorite 

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Date: 

Jan 1 1988

Location: 

New York City

Together with a group of homeless New Yorkers, Wodiczko constructed the Homesless Vehicle as an instrument of survival for urban nomads. A modified shopping cart that facilitates refundable bottle and can collection, it also provides temporary shelter. As a house on wheels intended for New York City sidewalks, the Homeless Vehicle embodies Wodicko’s practice of ‘Interrogative Design’. It provides sturdy refuge for the homeless and becomes a sidewalk intervention that draws attention to the condition of the homeless.

“You see this in certain gestures, certain ways of behaving, speaking, dialoguing, of building up stories, narratives: the homeless become actors, orators, workers, all things which they usually are not. The idea is to let them speak and tell their own stories, to let them be legitimate actors on the urban stage.” – Krzysztof Wodiczko

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