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The Manifest Destiny! Project Encourages Unorthodox Dwellings

By: Meghan Young - Published: Feb 20, 2012 • References: markreigelman and dezeen
The Manifest Destiny! art installation is based around a cabin that has leeched onto a larger building just like a parasite. It explores the idea of setting down roots in unorthodox places. Located in San Francisco, Manifest Destiny! addresses the idea that as cities become more crowded, people will need alternatives to traditional homes. The designer writes, "Manifest Destiny! is our God-given imperative as modern explorers, to seek out parcels of unclaimed territory and boldly establish a new home front in the remaining urban voids of San Francisco."

Created by Brooklyn-based artist Mark Reigelman in collaboration with architect Jenny Chapman and engineer Paul Endres, Manifest Destiny! even has a lit window, which cleverly suggests that someone is residing inside at that very moment. The light is powered by a solar panel mounted onto the roof.