The last decade for housing has been a challenging period in many parts of the world and the situation is predicted to be the same over the next decade as well. Although, there are a number of schemes have been taken into consideration in order to ease the stress of ever increasing house ownership and house prices. Architects are now looking to take on a new role in housing by introducing new schemes specially designed for the future of the housing industry to grow at a steady rate.
Up till the next four decades, the multi-purpose spaces and smart sustainable technology are likely to become the standard for future of the housing industry. Technology like mirror smart screens and driverless cars are expected to be commonplace within the next twenty years. However, as the population is growing tremendously, it will be interesting to see whether there are any additional steps taken by the government of both developed and developing economies.
Listed below are some innovative approaches that can be expected towards the future of housing.
Just imagine, if a brand new home is built in only 48 to 72 hours for around for around $15,000. Hard to believe, but it is actually possible. An American firm, Apis Cor. Apis Cor is the first company to successfully develop a house by using 3D printing mobile technology. It took around 28 hours to complete the construction activity, which includes interior as well. It was a 450 square feet open plan studio-style home.
The future of housing might seem to be including SAM, which is a robot that lays bricks for the groundwork by executing a robotic construction. SAM can work six times faster than man as it is specially designed to operate collaboratively with a mason. Already trialled in the US, it is expected that SAM will be very soon introduced in the UK.
When compared with WW2 homes, the modern flat-pack homes are now much better designed. A German-based manufacturer Huf Haus is now pushing the introduction of property styled with shipping container.
As timber has found its way back into the housing industry, it can be said that even the type of materials used is advancing. With timber, the construction techniques are advancing, and it is now also used in construction of several sky-high towers. By teaming up with the University of Cambridge, Perkins+Will, an urban design specialist is developing River Beech Tower of entirely 80-storey structure.
Living in Space
Although, it is probably the most enthusiastic option, but the same was said a long time ago for man landing on the moon. In space exploration, yearly advancements are able to be seen. On the other hand, the likes of Elon Musk and Richard Branson experimenting with the idea of space tourism within the next few years, the possibility of human settlement in the space cannot be discounted.
According to studies conducted by Russia between the years 2007 and 2011, the Mars crew considered the psychosomatic challenges to settle in space. With the isolation simulations carried out in a spacecraft it was revealed that after 520 days, four of the six members developed psychiatric problems, including depression and sleep disorders. So, to deal with frustrations and isolations, researchers decided that astronauts would need coping strategies. If overcoming such issues are able to be managed in the coming years, it would be fascinating to understand the dynamic forces of society.
With the growing population the need for energy and food is also increasing. The steps required to make sure that the families can live in an era of self-sustenance is essential to understand for the well-being of future. Several ideas on how houses can be made to benefit the eco-system include:
- Passive heated places and heat for winter
- In-built water filtration and collection
- Smart kitchens to aid with nutrition and food
- In-built solar energy
- Natural ventilation;
- Attached greenhouses to produce organic food
- Demountable and extendable spaces
Nevertheless, these are just a few ideas to upgrade the homes in the coming years, there should be balance in terms of costs involved. Millions will have to be spent on governmental and environmental approvals, and also on R&D activities, which may further delay the employment of such ideas.
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