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As metropolises around the world become more and more built up, many people will reach a breaking point and yearn for a more nomadic way of life that would bring them out of the congestion of infrastructure and polluted air. The Driftbot concept proposes a way for future societies to form in previously uninhabitable areas such as desserts.
Leah Zaldumbide and Alex Woodhouse dreamed up this avant-garde Noah’s Arc that follows itinerant communities and helps by building them temporary shelters from locally found materials. The enormous android would crawl along the landscape—specifically surrounding the Salton Sea—collecting sand and rocks and water, and dispensing them along the earth with its robotic arm. The Driftbot could construct livable mounds that would later disintegrate back into the soil.