I try to search the word “neo-nomad” online and it really exists. lol
“Traditional Nomad: a member of a people or tribe that has no permanent abode but moves about from place to place, usually seasonally and often following a traditional route or circuit according to the state of the pasturage or food supply.
Neo-Nomad: the nomad of our contemporary global world, whose behaviors are similar to the traditional nomad in that he has no permanent abode and moves from place to place, usually following economical reasons, or due to constraints [political, geographical dilemmas]. A global nomad, urban nomad.
(Yasmine Abbas, Mental and Physical Geographies of the Neo-nomad, p15 ).”
In my opinion, basically, nomad moves seasonally because of some disadvantage, like food insufficient, geographical factors, etc. As their lifestyle, they will create a sense of belonging and ability to be comfortable everywhere. For Latin Americans who are already belong to E&C, because of the higher prices, they have to nomad around this area.
Although the community keeps negotiating with NSP, they are still confused. When regeneration starts, everyone must be affected and they have to adapt to it as well. I know nomad community may not happen in a city and I think most people won’t enjoy this kind of cool but unstable life. But I think it is an ironic way to speculate the negative feedback from the public and engage people to rethink it as well.
The Urban Nomad inflatable shelter is conceived as a social provocation to provoke a dialog about the invisibility and marginalization of the homeless. Current design culture aesthetics contribute to the rebranding of the homeless to confound expectations regarding the ability of the homeless to appreciate and to be served by consumer design values.
This project is highlighting the homeless through the bright colour shelter. With no doubt, homeless is a kind of nomad. But generally, the impression the homeless give me is grey colour, inconspicuous, conner, whisper, messy, dirty. However, from the images, they look more like a fancy and delegate tribe which is for experiencing urban camping. I think it does engage people to think about the relationship between the homeless and the city. Whether they are in their own country, I think they don’t have the sense of belonging.