Flying-in the Bat House under military escort

[Image: A submission to London's recent Bat House Project by Andrew Brown, Gareth Jones, and James Falconer; view larger].

The above project, by Andrew Brown, Gareth Jones, and James Falconer, proposes "a home for bats in London." It was produced for the Bat House Project, the stated aim of which was to highlight "the potential for architects, builders, home-owners and conservationists to work together to produce wildlife-friendly building design. It connects the worlds of art and ecology to encourage public engagement with ecology issues."
This is pretty old news, of course – but I just saw this particular design yesterday, and I have a thing for architecture delivered from the sky, dropped off by what appear to be military helicopters.
I'd like to see a short, inspirational video in which a dozen U.S. families are standing in a cul-de-sac. Everyone's hair is whipping to and fro – and there are helicopter gunships flying overhead, dropping off complete Toll Brothers homes. The houses are ready for inhabitation, complete with pots and pans, pillows and sheets. There are five bedrooms, and three and a half baths. Wives are hugging wives; men are cheering.
The slow motion thud of helicopter blades fills all audible space.
The video ends.

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Anonymous ben said...

dont forget the kid on the trike, being swept into a hedge (background left)

February 19, 2008 11:35 AM  
Blogger David said...

What if they weren't U.S. families? What if they were Afghan families or Somali families or Iraqi families?

OR what if they were families of some nation that was hostile to the U.S.? The cul-de-sac drop would be part of a hearts and minds campaign to prime the inhabitants against their current government, carried out in lightning fast strikes by trained teams.

February 19, 2008 1:07 PM  
Anonymous Nick Simpson said...

Just found a website I thought you'd enjoy - assuming you've not seen it before. Called Architectures of Control, does exactly what it says on the tin. Plenty of food for thought...

February 19, 2008 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Nick Simpson said...

Might be worth starting here too...

February 19, 2008 1:57 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Don't want to knock down the military aspect of it, but I don't think those are military helicopters. They look more like sky cranes. Which is a pretty cool idea, too.

February 19, 2008 6:27 PM  
Blogger Geoff Manaugh said...

I knew the helicopters weren't necessarily of a military origin, actually, but I still loved the thought of military helicopters escorting a bat house through the sky so much that I had to use the title... It's an utterly absurd image.

And thanks, Nick, for the links.

February 19, 2008 11:32 PM  
Anonymous Kaleberg said...

They use large helicopters to deliver shelters to remote regions of national parks. They aren't military copters. They are the same kind of big copters they us to put air conditioning units on top of skyscrapers. In either case, it's amazing to watch.

(Actually, the park service also uses those copters to deliver gravel. That's right, gravel for trail building. We almost got a load dropped on us out at Cape Alava when two parties confused their signals).

February 20, 2008 11:26 PM  

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