As the progression and evolution of technology marches ever further it is changing everything and how we interact in our daily lives. This doesn’t just mean the way we talk or communicate with one another but the very way we inhabit our homes. Decades ago, the last architectural evolution was the realization of the American suburb. It was present, originally, to meet the demands of a population of G.I.’s returning from the war. It was a way to house millions of men coming home. It’s likely the next evolution in the way our homes are built and styled will be through technological integration.
In a short time from now we’re likely to see the results of the cyber revolution married with the environmental movement that will greatly alter the way we live. This is an interesting concept because the idea of wireless technology is purposed to allow freedom of movement and the use of these technologies anywhere we go yet, on the other hand, we have a population that is increasingly conscious of its carbon footprint. As the Internet world grows, the real space we live in is shrinking and this is likely to translate into how our homes, apartments, and domiciles are designed in the decades to come.
The future architecture of homes is likely to be seen in ways that realize multi-purposed furniture and more efficient appliances. Everything will likely go online and be programmable through centralized computer devices. Our connectivity will only increase as architects think of new ways to create open and welcoming living spaces that take up less square footage. We’re likely to see some of the following changes:
It’s likely that individual rooms that have been previously dedicated to a single activity, such as a dining room or a living room where everyone sits and watches TV will be placed into one large living space. It’s in this space where the families of the near future will be able to convert the rooms as it pertains to the activity or need and keep all of their possessions not currently in use in self storage units.
Wireless connectivity will probably translate into further home integration where all of our devices, showers, appliances, and the like will be controlled through touch devices or voice command. It’s likely that voice command features are a little further down the line but not that far. The whole idea is about streamlining performance and adapting physical features with technology.
Working At Home:
It’s very possible that working from home will become an increasingly common practice. As a way to maximize cost and space efficiency, the office will become a virtual at-home workstation. You’ll be able to work from anywhere in the house and stay connected in the myriad ways that will allow improved work performance.
Some of these changes we’ll see, others we won’t but one thing is for sure and that’s that the way our homes look will drastically change. This isn’t just due to revolutions in design and further technological integration but out of an increase in energy demands. The world is getting more and more crowded and the demands on its finite natural resources are increasing. It’s with this in mind that will foster innovation and a change in the way our homes look and feel in the very near future.