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Disaster Resistance and Surrealism Make Strange Bedfellows

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Architecturally-leaning artist Dionisio González, a senior lecturer at the Universidad de Sevilla, has taken disaster resistance to a pretty weird place in a recent series. Setting his sights on Dauphin Island, Alabama, a small barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico that suffers from devastating hurricanes, González has designed a series of otherworldly homes for the locale that, per the project description, "give shape to new habitable structures in the vacuums in the perception of spaces that had previously been devastated." Inspired by Neolithic stilt houses, of all things—and from the look of the digital model above, a pile of rolled-up magazines recovered from a flooded basement—his approach is a rather... unconventional one for meeting the needs of a threatened community.

As Gizmodo notes, the claim of disaster resistance, "with no structural testing, no wind-load assessment, and an awful lot of plate glass—should be taken purely as an artist's statement." It's just a hunch, but something tells us that these far out iron-and-concrete future forts won't be receiving an actual application any time soon.

· Dionisio Gonzalez Imagines Disaster Resistant Surrealist Structures [Design Boom via Gizmodo]
· All Architectural Craziness posts [Curbed National]