House Design for a Sharing Economy
“Imagine if you could build a city that is shared. Where people become micro-entrepreneurs, and local mom and pops flourish once again. Imagine a city that fosters community, where space isn’t wasted, but shared with others. A city that produces more, but without more waste. While this may seem radical, it’s not a new idea. Cities are the original sharing platforms. They formed at ancient crossroads of trade, and grew through collaboration and sharing resources. But over time, they began to feel mass produced. We lived closer together, but drifted further apart. But sharing in cities is back, and we want to help build this future."Social networking has given power to small business creating a market for the individual and idiosyncratic as a viable alternative to the homogenous and globalised. The cosy back room shared with family clutter now competes (and threatens!) the sterile, ubiquitous hotel room. The design implication is that houses need to be planned efficiently to optimise the space required by a family unit, whatever shape that may take. Flexibility needs to be carefully considered so that the evolving requirements of cohabiting individuals can be accommodated and remain affordable in their current abode. Our design entry in ‘The Home of the Future’ competition takes up this challenge focusing on energy efficiency as well as affordability through industrialised off-site construction. This innovative (and hopefully winning!) design will be described in a future blog.