Thanks to my friends at the Institute for Human Centered Design, who made the introduction, my little house will be a design project for Sean Solley's Universal Design class at the New England School of Art & Design this spring. Students will brainstorm solutions to some of the design challenges of the Vehicle, and I'll end up with a variety of ideas, drawings and maybe even a 3D model!
This week I met with four staff people at the Institute for Human Centered Design, an international educational non-profit "committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities through excellence in design." It was an exciting two hour brainstorm about all that is involved in creating the kind of housing I envision. The people I met with were extremely helpful and supportive, and have passed my idea along to a design class that might take it on as their spring project. I'm writing the Vehicle up as a design project now, so I can circulate it to other design classes. I have many, many leads to follow now.
Aurora Levins Morales is a chronically ill and disabled writer, historian, visual artist, and activist