When I was studying at Goldsmiths in London back in 2011, I had just returned from a few years of travelling and I played around with the idea of continuing to be nomadic whilst living in London. Partly because of the rent, but also because I had become quite used to sleeping in a tent in a different place each night whilst cycle touring.
I considered if it might be possible to find a place to camp in London. This isn’t easy to do. The idea of camping in a cemetery daily was too much. I never actually looked for campsites in central London. A quick google shows that there is a caravan and motorhome club park in Sydenham, but generally campsites aren’t common in Central London.
I explored further the idea of custom tents in various scenarios.
This book provided a great deal of inspiration, however idealistic.
Nice architectural drawings and shapes.
Tree tent mock up (secured with climbing gear)
Some kind of pod:
I became slightly obsessed with geodesic domes for a time:
Perhaps some kind of fold up thing..
I did find some good examples of actual novel solutions:
So my thought processes moved onto a combined vehicle.
Unfortunately that is about as far as it got. I few nights I did take my touring set up, cycle to the outskirts of London and camp in a field and I did live in an odd warehouse conversion for a bit but never managed to actually get a sustainable, portable living solution. “A caravan!” I hear you.
More broadly, I did think about if someone didn’t actually want a flat and many possessions what about just a secure place to sleep, like the capsule hotels in Japan.
A boat was another option and in hindsight perhaps one of the more practical. Not one that looks like this though :)