When jobs leave town, so do people. Just ask the 1.1 million residents who vacated Detroit after their jobs vanished.
We pack up and move when there’s no money to be made or the local resources have been depleted. Now, one designer has proposed a nomadic city that can move to different locations where jobs and resources are abundant. No more boxes and moving trucks for its occupants. The walking city moves them where they need to go.
ESTA Madrid’s Manuel Dominguez has proposed a “Very Large Structure,” a city that would find a new home, encouraging the reforestation of the area it leaves behind. The 560 meter long structure of this walking city will rest on giant caterpillar tracks.
Engines similar to the ones used in ships would propel the 36 crawlers. It will have three levels. The lowest floor would be used for warehouse and construction. The middle level would be used for waste disposal and air conditioning and the top floor as a living deck.
This walking city’s goal will be to restore the territory. It would be capable of generating its own energy, rather than using up local resources until it finishes them.