Exercise 5: Designing for longevity, anticipating change

List of how domestic life was in 2010.

  • homeowners extending their family home rather than move house
  • renting homes rather than buying due to affordability
  • young adults staying at home for longer to save their own money
  • people working from home so adjusting the interior to suit
  • technology dematerialised physical elements in the home
  • people spending more time in their homes socially and work related

Looking back a decade to 2010, the 2009 financial crises changed a lot of peoples living situations, not only did people lose their homes, they also lost their businesses. This led to many more people renting homes rather than buying them. If you were one of the lucky few to be able to continue paying a mortgage then you would have most likely extended your home to accommodate your young adult family members staying at home whilst they save their pennies for their own homes. Not only were people accommodating grown up members but they were also starting to look at working from home more often and so more rooms were being added to provide for this. As technology grew at a fast rate, it dematerialised physical elements in the home as well as changed the lives of many in the way they lived day to day, simply by carrying out shopping online rather than taking a trip to the local town or high street.

List of how things may be in 2040.

  • Technologically smarter homes
  • energy efficient homes
  • carbon neutral homes
  • people looking to spend less and so living in smaller homes
  • people working from home so needing more storage space

How will things be different in 2040? We are sure to have technologically smarter homes. The environmental crisis is changing peoples attitudes today and so by 2040 I would hope that homes would have been built to be more carbon neutral, possibly having next to nothing in heating needs or costs. People will be looking to live in better locations, to be closer to their workplace or business, this will reduce travel and have a better impact on the environment. The downside to young couples looking to spend less money may mean living in smaller homes, will this reflect on whether they start a family of their own or maybe it will lead them to have less children.

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