Archive of randomly selected submissions from platlands.net
Platlands — Housing Geographies, *Platlands — Housing Geographies, a playful research project that aims to encourage the debate on housing, resulted ultimately in a publication gathering the drawings and the insights garnered by the respondents of the online survey.
"Platlands is a space made up of self-built houses. There is no urban zoning, there are no typologies nor rules to follow, there are no average needs or families either among its inhabitants. In Platlands you can find houses flattened to one dimension or houses you can peek inside, houses so grand they resemble castles or houses with only one room. In Platlands you can find a little white space where you can draw your dream house."
Visitors of the website are asked 11 questions as it relates to their immediate living environment, and as they provide their answer, they are asked to draw their dream house starting from a blank canvas or contributing to a house that another person who has taken the survey drew.
Project's name references: “Plat”, a map of a piece of land with proposed features; “Plotlands”, small pieces of land laid out in regular plots on which some self-built settlements were established in the south-east of England from the late 1800s and up to the Second World War; "Flatland: A romance of many dimensions", E. A. Abbot’s masterpiece of science and mathematical fiction.