More Mobile: Portable Architecture for Today [Giveaway]

More Mobile edited by Jennifer Siegal

We’re giving a copy of this book away to one lucky commenter below, so make sure to say something before midnight on Friday, November 14, 2008.*

If you’re a prefab enthusiast or in any way interested in portable architecture, you should read More Mobile: Portable Architecture for TodayMore Mobile is an expansion of the ideas presented in the original book called Mobile: The Art of Portable Architecture.  Both were edited by the venerable and very popular Jennifer Siegal, founder of Office of Mobile Design, and I suggest you sit down and take some time to enjoy this second iteration. 

The book is chock full of images and examples of portable architecture, which you’ll certainly enjoy, but there’s more to it than that.  For instance, there’s an introductory essay by William J. Mitchell called "A House is a Robot for Living In" that I felt was thought provoking.  For me, after reading the introduction, the pages became somewhat self-propelling, and I just cruised through to the end fully captivated. 

More Mobile features the work of some of the following well-known artists, designers, and architects:

  • Studio-Orta
  • Dre Wapenaar
  • Andrea Zittel
  • Andrew Maynard
  • Andreas Vogler
  • Horden Cherry Lee Architects
  • N55
  • Atelier Bow-Wow
  • The Mark Fisher Studio
  • MMW
  • LOT-EK
  • Office of Mobile Design

Jennifer Siegal writes: "The future of mobile architecture is unfolding rapidly.  As our buildings become more portable and adaptable, they become more useful.  Before long we will shed the bulk and excess of static environments as we look to Generation Mobile and its long-term solutions for the uprooting of today’s built structures."

To catch a glimpse of Siegal’s non-static architectural world, you could certainly walk to your nearest bookstores and grab a copy for $24.95, but you could also order More Mobile from Amazon for ~$16.47.  Your choice, but highly recommended. 

If you’re interested in the book, drop a comment by midnight MST on Friday, November 14, 2008.  Say where you’re from if you don’t know what to say.  By leaving a comment, you agree to the terms and conditions relating to book giveaways on Jetson Green.  Shipping only within U.S.

  • Anonymous

    This looks like a really cool read!

  • Suzanne Covington

    Hi Preston,
    More Mobile looks like a great book! As an architect, I love to focus on the details that can give small spaces huge appeal.
    Thanks for bringing this book to my attention, via Hopefully, I will be the lucky commentator and not have to buy my own copy – but I definitely will read it!

  • Anonymous

    This looks an inspirational book. I am looking at down sizing and moving to a place where i can successfully live without too much outside resource, although not totally off grid due to unpredictable weather.
    If you can recommend any other great books on down sizing that would be useful too.

  • Marley Sutton

    Bucky would be proud!

  • Eddie Lee

    This would be a great read. I would love to have something compact and portable when biking/climbing/backpacking/skiing.

  • Andrew Stone

    I would love to have this book!

  • Eli

    I live in an efficiency now that’s still too large for my needs, this looks like a great resource.

  • Mimi Mather

    my dream of “homes” in the desert, mountains, northeast woods and coast could be realized with these mobile units. Love ’em!!


  • kate

    hope i’m the lucky one who gets this book! although i would probably buy it anyway. OMD is probably 50 yrs ahead of their time. i can see this as a booming lifestyle as technology allows us to travel more and more. fascinating, really.

  • Callie

    Wow, just the cover illustration is enough to make me envious. What an incentive to get rid of “stuff” — if the reward was to be able to live lightly like that!! (Even I never actually moved it, it could fit under the radar in someone’s backyard.)

  • Copeland

    Oh please me!
    I’ll put it prominently on our coffee table in our veddy mod, off-grid casa ti!

  • Aaron Malys

    Prefab continues to be a concept of extreme exploration for me. I am a huge fan of living small and ultimitely plan to purchase some land in upstate NY to provide proof to the concept. However I am interested in making a piece of it modular prefab that could be picked up and relocated, preferably mobile. The book sounds great, would love to have it for a reference!

  • James Burchill

    I always find books like these inspirational. I think efficient use of space has its own intrinsic value even if space isn’t at a premium.

  • bruno kudrecki

    looks like a great book, i cant` wait to read it.
    pick me, pick me.

  • Jeet

    I just started looking into the green options in architecture. This book would be a informative read. Thank You.

    • Preston

      Jeet, congratulations, you’ve been chosen as winner of the book! Send me your contact address to jetsongreen at yahoo dot com and I’ll have the book in the mail.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like a book chock full of images of Prefab Mobile Droulablility!
    I would Love a Copy!!

  • paul schuster

    hey! that thing ont eh cover almost looks like a teardrop camper trailer. I think I can make one and plant it off grid. I need a new project.

  • Justin

    Portable and compact architecture is definitely an interesting area of focus – that book would be a great read!

  • Keith

    Very timely and appropriate. We need more of this work in our world.

  • Drop Shevnin

    minimal space and maximum autonomy and effective

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