Students will work with the Valldaura Labs/IAAC team to design and construct a rapidly deployable, advanced ecological prototype mobile home.


Self-sufficiency is a timeless pursuit. From monastic hamlets to space exploration vessels, countless groups throughout history have developed self-sufficient structures and practices for a range of purposes.

In recent decades, the pursuit of self-sufficiency has been energized by the recognition of global climate change and the associated need to innovate resilient human habitations which meet contemporary
requirements without relying upon fossil fuels. One extreme interpretation of self-sufficiency also includes freedom of movement. Freedom of movement can be understood in this context as the capacity to
relocate and maintain one’s livelihood independent of any singular place. As ancient nomads were empowered to move freely by collective knowledge of disparate ecosystems, their seasonally fluctuating
resources, and geographically extended clans providing social support networks, so are present-day nomads empowered to move freely by collective knowledge of information and communications
technologies enabling remote work, the maintenance of physically distant social support networks, and the relative ease of access to local resources in unfamiliar locations. The surge in remote work prompted by COVID-19 further catalyzed widespread interest in freedom of movement and the design of structures to accommodate nomadic persons. Generally these can be described as structures which either only exist or are occupied for a short period of time (temporary or rental housing), or structures which are themselves nomadic. Of these categories, mobile structures are particularly compelling due to their alignment with other emerging trends such as modular off-site prefabrication and the prioritization of repurposing or renovating existing built spaces over the erection of new large-scale structures.


Projects from this course

MO.CA | final thesis design

The brief for the MAEBB batch of 2022-23 was to design and construct an advanced ecological prototype mobile home. The home was to be designed for two individuals and basic domestic amenities of a tiny home. The mobility element of the brief started an interesting journey that brought forth discussions on nomadism and collective sustenance. … Read more

MO.CA | final thesis construction

MO.CA construction sequence Thinking about the sequence of events was vital to a successful construction. With this cascading of events we were able to balance completing design details with progressing towards completion. Proper time management and scheduling was important to maintain momentum. The sequence informed our work in all stages: processing, assembly, and installation. Final … Read more


‘Corkoon’ is a design proposal by a group of six students from MAEBB 2022-23 for the final thesis design of a Mobile home. The project aims to cater to the materiality aspects of a mobile home which we try to achieve by bio-mimicking the principles of a caterpillar in its chrysalis where it goes on … Read more