by Mark Cahill
And it dawned on me: I was carrying shelter in the form of my tent anyway so why shouldn’t I be able to just pitch it somewhere in the city? Why couldn’t this be part of how we travel and how we stay in urban areas. So I used this idea on my hotel design. I had already decided to design the roof as a green roof, so it was easy to designate the area as a “campsite.” And so there it was: Urban Camping.
As it turns out, this has been done before, and is being done now to some extent. In San Diego in 1914, a Hotel placed a “Tent City” on top of their roof to make use of that wasted space. That was nearly a century ago, and it seems that again the idea is gaining some more steam. An Architecture firm called import export have created a mobile multi-level tower (pictured above) that allows for tents to be pitched in urban settings. Another young designer named J. Enrique Enriquez entered this idea into a design competition and it fetched him an honorable mention.
Would you camp in a city?