Friday, May 23, 2008

The Architecture of Ascent

Viewed architecturally, these examples of high-tech camping gear -- capable of housing small groups of people on the vertical sides of cliffs, as if bolted into the sky -- begin to look like something dreamed up by Archigram: nomadic, modular, and easy to assemble even in wildly non-urban circumstances. This is tactical gear for the spatial expansion of private leisure.

I'm put in mind of "Farewell Horizontal," a wonderful (and overlooked) c-punk novel by K.W. Jeter.

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