The Winners of Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse are …
Let me clear up the title here: Every year Bustler.net, a site dedicated to architecture, hosts a competition in which they challenge all their readers to develop the most effective zombie safe house that will keep you alive during the inevitable zombie apocalypse. This years winner, Austin Fleming of Texas, won with his design of a portable zombie shelter he calls the Vagabond. Fleming’s design of the Vagabond is based on none other than the armadillo:
[The Vagabond] comes down around you like a rounded little hut, and once you’re inside it’s got all sorts of features to keep you comfortable. Photovoltaic cells on the outer shell generate heat to boil water and keep you warm in the winter, and a little turbine on top helps to harness fresh air that’s then pumped down into the shelter. It’s even capable of charging your iPhone.
Okay, sounds good. But what if you find yourself hiding in the Vagabond while a zombie horde is passing by. What’s to stop the Vagabond from being knocked over?
[The Vagabond has] a couple of hefty concrete anchor bolts to keep it locked down, and the entire exterior is painted over with a reflective surface to blend in with the environment. So when zombies walk up to the Vagabond, they see other zombies reflected in the skin, and we know how zombies feel about other zombies.
Nice!! And the fact it’s portable makes it even more practical. There does, though, seem to be one major flaw with the Vagabond: During those long stretches of time when you’re waiting it out inside, where the hell do you go to the bathroom?
Check out the bustled website for all the winners of the contest. And for the record, in my plans for when the world goes to shit after the zombies start roaming the streets, I already have an architect in my group of survivors. You know who you are!!