The Future of Urban Living Through Sustainable Art

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The Future of Urban Living Through Sustainable Art
Artful Living: An unused parking lot in midtown Atlanta,US, turned into a sustainable micro-housing community / © SCAD

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The Future of Urban Living Through Sustainable Art
Artful Living: An unused parking lot in midtown Atlanta,US, turned into a sustainable micro-housing community / © SCAD

Given the shrinking world, and as we, the Earthlings, explore the great expanse of Universe looking for answers (who knows Mars Attacks may really be a reality minus the decapitated head of Pierce Brosnan), is there a way to combine art and space in a more practical and interesting way of solving the problem of living space, that you and I call a home with pride?

There is hope. The answer lies in micro-housing.

In simple terms, it is a way of turning unutilized spaces such as abandoned industrial spaces, parking lots, factories et al into sustainable and self-sufficient housing options.

And if it comes with the added advantage of singing walls, I would rather skip the trip to Mars. Wouldn’t you?

The experiment, called Artful Living, began in Atlanta where a bunch of artists, scupltors and architects decided to take on the problem of housing head-on.

The SCADpad as it is called works on the principles of: reuse, adapt, experiment, transform. The team used an abandoned parking lot in midtown Atlanta to create a prototype, which is now used by resident guests, and then expanded the project to Europe and Asia. []

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