The crew from PA designed Apparatus X to be a mobile headquarters packed to capacity with renewable electricity, clean water, power tools, and, most importantly, people ready to teach victims and volunteers how to use it all. The result is a self-sustained, infinitely versatile box of resources—an “adaptable tool trailer” according to the designer, Aaron Wertman.
“It is a mobile tool trailer that empowers people through building,” says Wertman.
What Wertman set out to create is a place for displaced homeowners to do the dirty work themselves. A fire-damaged dining room table could be repaired given the means. But Wertman believes it could do more than just provide a place for DIYers to get some work down before the insurance check comes in. The work and education required to build new homes from repurposed material will compensate for the restrictive pricing that comes with building homes from scratch.