House-in-a-Can
Austin+Mergold, 2009

Since WWII, canned products have been transformed from objects of necessity into cultural phenomena. A vast infrastructure built around instantly processed and preserved food is no longer ecologically, economically nor ethically sustainable. Today’s emphasis is on the fresh, organic, and local rather than the preserved and imported. How can this infrastructure that produced, packaged, marketed, and distributed a finished product be re-applied to housing?

House-in-a-Can proposes a 36’ diameter American grain dryer with 2000 SF single family starter home inside. Instantly assembled off-the-shelf 14 GA galvanized corrugated steel exterior. Optional greenhouse. Buy 5 get one free!


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