Joe Heywood's paraSITE shelter, 2000. Courtesy of Lombard-Freid Projects.
Rakowitz worked with the homeless to design structures that would use the wasted heat from ventilation systems to keep them warm. As his project paraSITE grew, each structure became more and more customized to the individual’s needs and desires. Each structure allowed for what the individual wanted – mobility, freedom and outdoor living – by using the discarded materials from the surrounding environment.