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LOT-EK is the New York based studio of Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano. LOT-EK’s Mobile Dwelling Unit (MDU) began as an experimental design project in 1999. A constructed version features in a current traveling exhibition LOT-EK: Mobile Dwelling Unit which was organized by the University Art Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) in conjunction with the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
MDU is a 40ft shipping container that has been modified into a relocatable dwelling. The container accommodates several modules for various functions such as cooking, washing and sleeping. These modules sit within the container so that during transportation the MDU largely resembles any other container sitting on a ship or a dock.Once the MDU has been delivered to a site, the modules slide out of the container like extrusions and create an inner hallway in the newly created void inside the container.
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LOT-EK also envisage MDU harbors, located in major cities, that can hold large quantities of racked MDU’s plugged into infrastructure services (plumbing, data etc). Cranes, mounted on tracks, would load MDUs onto slots along the rack. Steel brackets would support and secure MDUs in their assigned position.
Slide show: Further images of the MDU are available as a slide show (a new window will open). These were taken at the UCSB University Art Museum in November 2003.
Share your thoughts on the MDU in the fabchat discussion area - you'll see a thread in the ContainerBay forum
Further information: The catalog for the LOT-EK: Mobile Dwelling Unit exhibition is a hard cover book which features images of the MDU under construction, essays by Aaron Betsky, Robert Kronenburg and Henry Urbach as well as construction drawings. The book is available at Amazon.com but we would encourage interested readers to try to purchase a copy from University Art Museum, UCSB if possible - it helps support future exhibits. University Art Museum Tel: (805) 893-2951
is on display at the University Art Museum, UCSB, Santa Barbara until
December 7, 2003
exhibition catalogue credits the American Center Foundation, National
Endowment for the Arts, The Italian Cultural Institute as well as individual
donations for making the exhibition possible. Kudos should also go to
Christopher Scoates and Bonnie G. Kelm (as well as their team) at University
Art Museum UCSB and to Kathy Halbreich at the Walker Art Center.
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