Monia Lippi Float Houses on the Mississippi

Monia Lippi is an Italian photographer based in New York, trained as an architect in Milan, who is producing a large photographic series that catalogs architectural clusters of residences, derived almost solely from the imposed limitation of their floating foundations.   Constructed primarily with local scrap materials and local knowledge, the floating houses are generated through a sense and values rooted in American self-sufficiency and ecological models,

with a lineage to Thoreau’s construction of his own house from recycled wood.  The floating houses exist outside of the usual economic systems dictated by commercial real estate interests, and reflect a turning away from suburban developments towards communal lifestyles.
Similar to Sybil Moholy-Nagy’s Native Geniuses in Anonymous Architecture, an exploration of the significance of vernacular forms of architecture from a cross-cultural perspective, and Bernard Rudolfsky’s Architecture without Architects, Lippi's project documents alternative models of human habitation.


Sarah K. Stanley, a London-based art writer and media producer, has curated video, photography and installation projects, and produces writing, video and photography projects about architecture and urban subjects, in collaboration with international artists.