Treehugger points us to this very clever design for a jacket with pouches in its lining that can be unfurled to reveal a personal tent. As the designer, Justin Gargasz, explains:
Individuals feel the need to escape interactions in their environment everyday. Whether it be interactions with excessive technology or other people, this psychological and physical need to get away is where I began my investigation.
A physical as well as psychological escape is achieved when the user has the option to efficiently get away from inside of building and come back when ever they choose. I focused on expandable clothing for concept exploration.
Note that Gargasz isn't suggesting that campers are the jacket's ideal audience—no, he's smart enough to realize that this jacket can't ever replace a good tent tucked into a backpack. Rather, it's a space to "get away." In other words, its a cubby hole for 21st-century hoboes. Which might be exactly what we need. Slate has been busy trying to get its readers to take pictures of the current recession/depression/nightmare. But modern life just doesn't have icons of being down and out, such as a stick with a bandanna pouch on the end or even breadlines. However, this jacket would do nicely.