The worsening eviction crisis facing countries like the United States is caused by a variety of factors. The increasing costs of the housing market as large multi-national investing firms speculate on value of housing, to soaring rental prices, stagnating wages, inflation, and the devastation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Eviction creates destructive ripple effects throughout society as it often begets a negative feedback loop in which the evicted face housing discrimination leading to further eviction. Eviction is causally linked to issues with both mental and physical well being. To help those facing eviction this project proposes the creation of a product designed to aid people forced to sleep in their cars. Initial interviews indicated that sleeping in a car was a universally negative experience; common issues included a lack of privacy, cramped conditions causing discomfort, and feeling unsafe. User testing corroborated these accounts, sleeping in a car was difficult for a multitude of reasons however chief among them was how uncomfortable the seats were. The solution was to create a hammock specifically designed to be used in a car. Early models went through a variety of designs; many of which were flawed, being either too difficult to set up, to inhibiting to the functionality of the car or both. The hammock was changed from a more traditional design into a form which has two separate pieces, one which sits atop the car providing support and the other within.

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Hammocks--Design and construction; Homeless persons--Services for

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Industrial Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CAD)


Lorraine Justice

Advisor/Committee Member

Alex Lobos

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