New concepts for habitation: How do we want to live in 2030?
By Philip Stevens, first published by designboom.com
SPACE10 — IKEA’s external future-living lab — has begun researching and designing co-living concepts as a potential solution to issues such as rapid urbanization, loneliness, and the increasing lack of affordable housing. As cities around the globe continue to grow, it is expected that by the year 2030 almost 70% of the global population will live in cities. However, some experts predict that almost two billion people — a fifth of the world’s population — will lack access to adequate and affordable housing.
In response, SPACE10 has started to explore new ways of designing shared living spaces. «Our cities have never been more attractive to the many people,» says guillaume charny-brunet, of SPACE10. «Yet in the context of booming urbanization, rocketing housing prices, shrinking living spaces and increasing social disconnects, «sharing» will be «caring» — more than ever. Co-living isn’t new, but as both space and time are increasingly becoming a luxury, the concept needs a revamp.»
In order to explore the potential of co-living, and better the lives of city dwellers across the planet, SPACE10 has teamed up with new york-based design duo Anton & Irene. Titled «one shared house 2030», the playful research project has been designed as an application form for a potential co-living space to open in 2030. the online form, which is live here, asks people which household goods and services — including kitchens, workspaces, smart devices, childcare, and self-driving cars — they would be willing to share, and what kind of co-living space would be uniquely suited to them.
«One shared house 2030 is a playful research project that aims to get insights on the future of co-living through a collaborative survey,» says Irene Pereyra of Anton & Irene. «The viewer goes through a process where they pretend to sign-up for a co-living facility in the year 2030 by letting us know about their preferences in their immediate living environment. The goal is to be able to better understand what specific demographics prefer what type of co-living. The information we collect is open-source, free for anyone to use, and completely anonymous.»
«IKEA is a curious company, and we’re always exploring new ways of pushing our overall vision of creating a better everyday life for the many people,» adds Göran Nilsson, manager IKEA concept innovation. «The company was founded with the aim of enabling people to have a well-designed home — including the many people who couldn’t afford designer furniture. Today we want to experiment how to introduce our democratic design principles of combining form, function, quality and sustainability — all at a low price — in new areas. In that respect, one opportunity we find interesting lies in the home itself.»