Interior Design Program


Date of this Version

Spring 4-21-2010


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Science Major: Architecture Under the Supervision of Professor Betsy Gabb Lincoln, Nebraska May, 2010 Copyright 2010 Emily Fleming


Today modern technology has allowed us the choice of vast geographical locations for living and working. About 1 in 6 Americans move each year. The highest mobility rates are found for young adults, ages 20 to 24 who were associated with over one third of the entire moving population, in a single year. (Hansen, 2008) The Americans of today enduring this behavior pattern are termed Urban Nomads. The ideals of such a person and behavior rest in the ability to live simply for the sake of mobility. The combination of our economy today, the exceedingly important environmental issues that arise, and the ongoing ideals of the Urban Nomads have led us to question, ‘Can I do without it?’ ‘Can I do with less?’ because, the less we own, the less we have to move, the simpler we can live. The new motto arising for American living: ‘Living Well with Less’. ‘The fact that people are no longer tied to specific places,… means that there is a huge drop in demand for traditional, private, enclosed spaces.’ (The New Oases, 2008) The new ideals of the modern American living and working today provide opportunity for the design of functional spaces, furniture, and product design to accommodate the new way of life.