Automobiles are inextricably connected with the idea of home, so it makes sense to learn that carmakers are getting into domestic architecture. General Motors‘ Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant is collaborating with the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative on turning a shipping container and assorted Chevy Volt castoffs into a home (shown above). What’s it for? GM explains:
MUFI will use the reclaimed container to demonstrate the effectiveness of repurposed materials on dwellings oriented toward urban agriculture. A university student caretaker will live year-round in the home and manage the farm while using the land for agricultural research activities. MUFI was founded in 2012 to empower urban communities by taking vacant land and using agriculture as a platform to promote education, community and sustainability.
And in other carmaker-turned-home-designer news, Fast Company reports that Honda is now working on a prototype house for better sustainability and integration with the increasingly digital world. As the Honda Smart Home website describes it:
Sustainable and high-tech, Honda Smart Home US is a showcase for environmental innovation, demonstrating Honda’s vision for zero-carbon living and personal mobility. A vision of a lifestyle of renewable energy for home and transportation, HSH features new technologies to greatly reduce the amount of energy consumed by individual households, including the use of solar power to directly charge a Honda Fit EV battery electric vehicle.
Because, in the end, as forward-thinking as these projects might be, it’s still about the cars.