An elaborately futuristic eco-hut for migrant farm workers won an award in the ideas competition D3 Housing Tomorrow recently. The hut — a concept called Canteen Farm House — claims to tackle two entrenched problems at once: Harvest agrarian irrigation water and comfortably shelter seasonal workers accustomed to fetching up in decrepit shanties. Noble stuff. We just doubt it could ever actually get built.
We’ll get to that in a moment, but first, a few more words on the proposal, by L.A.-based Endemic: The structure would be 800 square feet — about the size of a small one-bedroom apartment — with an “elastic, expanding exterior skin” designed to collect, store, and distribute storm water. Rubber “canteens” in the skin would gather water and swell as they fill up, then route the water to existing irrigation infrastructure.