above: No, that isn’t a fun house for the homeless or a middle school classroom’s pillow fort. It’s a Flock House!
Artist Mary Mattingly started “The Flock House Project” in Brooklyn in 2010 to explore self-sustaining living practices and to encourage environmental and economic sustainability in urban areas. This summer, project volunteers inhabit the houses, which are built from recycled materials and which will migrate to public parks across the five boroughs.
“Flock House promotes wider adoption of natural systems such as rainwater capture, inner-city agriculture, solar energy technologies, and the shape and form of Flock House is inspired by current global human migration, immigration, and pilgrimage,” their website reads. “Through workshops, organized events, an interactive website, and narrated cell phone tours, the objectives of this project are to enhance community-interdependence and resourcefulness, learning, curiosity, and creative exploration.”
For more, Bowery Boogie takes an in-depth look at Flock House at Coleman Playground, and come to an unsurprising conclusion: “It’s pretty much urban camping.” Crazy hippies!