Bailey, Joseph Michael
Master of Architecture
Mobile/manufactured homes are a part of a larger cultural language, in and through which we communicate with each other; a kind of common and general knowledge practiced daily. We creatively use, or misuse this language in our communication with those around us, and to ourselves. Today's manufactured homes are shedding their skins, adapting a less visible, more mimetic image as they settle down comfortably into the suburbs. They have fought to loose their hitches and drop their axels, next they will lose their chassis; the very thing which has served as an index of their, and their residents marginalization. It is within the manufactured home's chassis, this typically marginalizing element, that another space exists. Doubling the structural frame allows it to accommodate new programs, recasting it as a support frame. When a framework is thus moved its nature as a framing device may be revealed, exposing its naturalizing tendency.