For the transient, home in an intangible sense is manifested in memories, rituals and possessions, becoming the reference point within which to measure one's current situation of domesticity. In a tangible sense, home physically becomes a space to lay one's head, a place of safety (for oneself and one's possessions), a place for communing, and a place within which domestic actions can be performed. Architecture becomes a facilitator and keeper of the transient process, within which we can begin to understand, through the programming of permanent spaces, how different groups operate within the framework of transience.
Yakima is a major agricultural hub in Washington state, harvesting year round everything from hops, to Christmas trees, to apples. The climate is mild and dry and Yakima boasts of 300 days of sunshine, making it a popular spot for RV campers due to the mountains, Naches River, hunting and fishing activities, golfing spots, and natural parks. As a landscape, Yakima is constantly evolving within a cycle of growth and harvest, addition and removal. The agricultural process constantly traces itself onto the landscape. In addition to physical changes, Yakima’s social landscape is constantly transforming. There are 71,845 permanent residents in Yakima, and another 150,000 transients pass through the city annually. About 100,000 migrant farm workers follow the harvesting seasons in Yakima, and another 50,000 RV campers pass through Yakima in search of its natural landscape and outdoor activities.