The foundation of American culture is built on the notion of freedom, and very few pieces of infrastructure illustrate this value better than the United States' sprawling network of highways and interstates. After all, Americans love the open road. History.com reports that in 1956, Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill creating the Interstate Highway System, intended to connect the country's formerly isolated cities and towns and making travel across the United States both easier and safer.
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This project was especially relevant to the millions of Americans who History reports bought cars during the Model T boom of the 1920s, making mobility in the United States an accessible luxury. Coincidentally, Airstream explains that it was actually a Model T chassis that inventor and travel enthusiast Wally Byam used to create the first Airstream camper -- a now-iconic staple of road-tripping Americana -- back in 1929. In eventually launching his company in 1931, Airstream describes Byam's dream "to build a travel trailer that would move like a stream of air, be light enough to be towed by a car, and create first-class accommodations anywhere."

Even today, Airstream campers evoke an undeniable sense of wanderlust that affects adventurous Americans. Landscape architect Andreas Stavropoulos explains in a video uploaded to Kirsten Dirksen's YouTube channel on Aug. 15, 2011, that his early fascination with Airstream trailers began on his childhood road trips out west. Craving a "Peter Pan adventure" of his own, he eventually purchased his own 1959 Airstream Silver Bullet off of Craigslist. He ultimately lived there for four years, paying off his student loans without the burden of a mortgage or rent.

However, Stavropoulos decided to modernize his new home on wheels, making a series of truly beautiful renovations to bring his classic camper into the 21st century. He tells Dwell Magazine that he tackled the project himself, using playful paint colors, cork flooring, track lighting and custom cabinets to breathe new life into the decades-old trailer. However, Stavropoulos was compelled to preserve its aluminum rivets and end caps, a nod to the Airstream's original design which he greatly admires.

Nowadays, Stavropoulos tells Dwell Magazine, his Airstream is parked in a co-op garden in Berkeley, California. However, he's taken the idea of mobile living one step further, using the camper as a roving, movable studio to truly immerse himself within his profession. Given that his job revolves around landscape architecture, Stavropoulos can use his Airstream to set up shop on location and work in the actual environment he's designing, rather than scurry back to an uninspired, confined office space.

Not only do Americans love the open road and the excitement of being on the go, but they're also applying that passion for mobility to their work. Whether for leisure or a job, Airstreams like Stavropoulos' allow individuals with a restless twinkle in their eye the ability to pick up and go wherever they want. It's this kind of unbridled freedom that truly seems to embody the American dream: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, wherever that may lead.