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As a temporary mobile structure, the Michael Beitz Folding House project takes up the spaces in between abandoned buildings in New Mexico and Buffalo. Leaning from side to side, almost threatening to topple over, the structure is powered by a participant who pedals a gear located within the building, which then triggers the slow motion “collapse” of the house.
Not a fully built home, the structure is only the skeleton of a house made out of recycled and re-purposed materials including wood, bicycle pedals and counter weights. The swaying motion causes the construction to bump into the abandoned buildings next to it, causing an interaction with its environment.
The Michael Beitz Folding House project makes a point of noticing the doomed and discarded structures within cities.