It may look like an urban design that you can find in a magazine for rich people . . .
. . . but then again, things aren’t always what they seem.
It’s unclear what they really are at first glance. Could they be fancy home extensions for the rich? Greenhouses for millionaires who grow their own kale? A new public art project?
Nope, all these guesses are absolutely wrong.
These architectural concepts are meant to aid some of the most defenseless people in London: its derelicts.
An architectural technician studying his craft at the University of Greenwich designed these award-winning parasitic sleeping pods. James Furzer is the one responsible for these shelters, and while “parasitic” is usually a word that connotes negativity, they’re really very awesome. The pods provide a safe space for users to rest their head and can be attached to any building
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Furzer told Upworthy that they would be a safer place to stay than the street, modular, and lightweight. They can also be accessed by ladder.
His simple yet noble reason: homeless people are people too, and that is what inspired him to create the pods.
Furzer said, “The homeless community needs to be given a safe, warm, dry space to stay. I feel it is the duty of us as humans to be compassionate to others in need and not treat them as vermin.”
The pods may not be able to battle homelessness, but they will protect London’s vagrants from both street violence and inclement weather.
Researches claim that homeless people in the United Kingdom are thirteen times more likely to experience violence than people who aren’t homeless . They’re also more vulnerable of becoming victims of sexual assault, property damage, and theft. The pods would assist in shielding its occupants from people trying to harm them.
According to Furzer, the hope would be for charities focused on fighting homelessness to monitor the pods so users could enter and exit safely. The same organizations, ideally, would also provide maintenance of the pods, so they’d remain habitable and clean.
Furzer’s response to an influx of public spaces that are designed to shoo homeless people away are the pods.
Noticing the “anti-homeless spikes” aiming to keep homeless people from resting around town, Furzer explained that “recently there has been a rise in hostile architecture across London.”
“These are implemented as a deterrent to the homeless, not aimed at helping,” the maker added.
At the moment, Furzer’s pods are still on paper. He would need to overcome some hindrances like the possibility of adverse reactions from the public, political roadblocks, and finding appropriate locations. Above all, he would need to get funding for a prototype.
Furzer feels his work can make a difference, even if the concept remains at the idea level.
“If my concept can help engage a shift in the mindset of the public towards the homeless, then I feel it is a success,” Furzer mentioned.