Guest post by Hans Runge
It basically doesn’t agree with the way of living at the moment. I assume it started the moment I started squatting, I only took the most important things for me to become more flexible. On the side it made me think about why one house felt more comfortable and gave more freedom then the other.
Even though squatting is illegal these days more then 1/3rd of the office spaces are empty, which is pretty embarrassing if you think of the housing problem. I would like to see that the town would let people into those buildings and let them create their own space/house in these big empty structures. All those people have to rethink about what is important in dwelling for them (and not the architect), which will not only result in a very personal place but also in a more dynamic type of architecture that I encourage.
The works which I’ve sent are direct results of my ideas of living and my fascination for tiny spaces and shelters. The only thing I might have to add about them, is that the red tube ‘bed’ is different from the original idea. I first wanted it to be an existing ventilation shaft in the art academy in which I was studying at that time. But it was still in use and I was not allowed to cut a big hole in it to put my mattress in it. Never the less I still want to know how it is to sleep in a ventilation shaft.
The cargo-bike-house is a real house which contains three small rooms, and even though it is pretty heavy it is possible to drive with it.
Hans Runge writes from the Netherlands and you can learn more about him at his website www.hansrunge.nl.