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Crawler Town | Dave DeGobbi

February 24, 2010

It’s not a secret that most architects are Lego lovers, that’s why we thought it would be interesting to share this dystopic project called Crawler Town, a town designed by Dave DeGobbi that roams the barren wastes of a post steam-punk world after cataclysmic climate change due to excessive coal use.

This innovative way to design an architectural project caught our attention, as DeGobbi designed the entire town even including gardens, solar power and crawlers, as if another new instant-city appears suddenly somewhere near you.

DeGobbi writes:

“Several such cities exist but Crawler town is the most popular due to the Aero 500 hydrogen fuel cell Air races that are held. Many people travel the wastes to Crawler town for vacation and to enjoy rare luxuries like Pizza, fresh vegetables and Beer. Travelling the wastes in search of minerals and aquifers ( vital for survival) the mobility of the city keeps it away from the vicious sand storms of the wastes.”


We can see that the size and design of this project is based on the Crawler-transporter used to transport spacecraft from NASA‘s Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) along the Crawlerway to Launch Complex 39. The Vehicle Assembly Building, that is located at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and it is the fourth largest building in the world by volume. The building is capable of carrying 5440 tons; a movable service structure and a control center.

And now:

DeGobbi also comments about his work:

Its started out as going to be a steam-punk land dreadnought/battleship but evolved into a roaming city where self sustainability and Eco efficiency became the theme. I ended up calling it “Eco-punk” due to its Steamy inspired roots. Several playable features include functional powered treads for movement , full suspension and front and rear steering. Working crane, hanger slides for planes and lift from upper and lowers levels.

Technic superstructure and suspension

Side view with a scavanger coming to trade.

New construction for more living space . Steel studs due to lack of trees.


Same question : Are these the new instant cities?

Enjoy the complete photo-set here.

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