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A Home Without A Shelter

You'll be allowed to remain here... but only if we cannot see you




Commission of Singapore Art Museum for the President's Young Talent 2018
A work dervived from one of the Rules for the Expression of Architectural Desires, a text I wrote in 2014.

RULES FOR THE EXPRESSION OF ARCHITECTURAL DESIRES:
USE OF PRIVATISED GREEN AREAS IS PERMITTED FOR THOSE IN CAMOUFLAGE



In this city, all private land parcels exceeding a certain minimum size must allocate at least 10% of green spaces on their land to a "private garden camouflage zone". People who wish to use parts of these private gardens for their own leisure are legally permitted to do so, so long as they are in camouflage.

Special camouflage suits are manufactured and sold to suit every type of urban space. Members of the public blend seamlessly into the private gardens, private landowners are unable to see the public in their parks — the suits rendering them invisible whilst still actually completely visible.

Some entrepreneurial individuals have been trawling through the streets collecting soil and plant material, sewing the organic material into suits for would-be park goers. In particular, homeless people have been taking the most advantage of this scheme, devising the most ingenious ways of producing a camouflage suit at almost no cost, and becoming virtually invisible within some of these parks.

Many people in this city have mastered the fine art of blending in and remaining unseen whilst still in plain view.