Kanye West is a well-known Star Wars fanboy who often mentions the films in his lyrics!
Forbes reported the rapentrepreneur’s eagerness to develop low-income housing units inspired by Star Wars architecture!
According to a Forbes cover story interview, he’s in the midst of creating housing units that resemble the familiar domed semi-subterranean moisture ranch occupied by Luke Skywalker, his aunt Beru & Uncle Owen in on Tatooine (actually The Lars homestead scenes from the entire saga were filmed in Tunisia, North Africa. The domed Lars homestead was left to decay after filming finished on the original Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, in 1976.)
The homestead’s most prominent feature was the main living pit, a crater housing a courtyard from which occupants could access the various rooms, lofts and areas of the homestead. It was accessed via the main entry dome, set to the side of the living pit, and opposite the vehicle utility pit. (citation wookiepedia)
The dome was made from pourstone, and hand-built by Cliegg Lars. It featured an external security access keypad and message center and was commonly surrounded by various apparatus such as dew condenser jugs and area sensors.
No picture of the planned units was provided, but Forbes’ Zack O’Malley Greenburg accompanied West to a clearing in the middle of the California woods (specific location not given) where model structures of the Tatooine units are being designed and constructed.
“Inspired by Luke Skywalker’s childhood home, West has been working with a team to design prefabricated structures that sport the same austere aesthetic, with the goal of deploying them as low-income housing units,” Greenburg writes. “He tells me they could be used as living spaces for the homeless, perhaps sunk into the ground with light filtering in through the top.”
It just isn’t fair. I’m never gonna get out of here! – LUKE SKYWALKER
Describing the structures as “each oblong and dozens of feet tall,” Greenburg notes West apparently has an upcoming meeting in San Francisco with potential investors.
I for one support any philanthropist who will not only highlight homelessness and the desperate need for affordable housing in this country , but to also make them cool, accessible and desirable by modeling them after a cherished location from one of my favorite fandoms?
I’m all in!
I’ll keep track of this remarkable story as it develops in future “All Things Geek” columns!