Future of Housing
Katerva is delighted to sponsor the FutureOf series at LeadersIn, written by Katerva's Futurist Adi Gaskell. In this set of articles Adi addresses the Future Of Housing.
In his first set of 4 articles Adi reflects on life in the city in times of coronavirus. Until very recently urbanisation was conspired to be a global megatrend - about 2% of the world’s population lived in the cities in 1800; now it is around 55%, expected to rise to 68% by 2050. Megacities were expect to be on the increase. Yet will this trend really materialise or might coronavirus reverse the trend? The FT reported that “Data from the Centre for Cities, a think-tank, show that footfall has recovered fastest in towns and smaller cities where relatively few people use public transport, providing evidence that worker reluctance to ride on mass transit systems explains why many are keen to operate from home.” In this video Jaden Urbi of the Wall Street Journal explores possible consequeces.
In his second article on the topic of ‘The Future of HOUSING’ Adi explores Smart Cities, with particular focus on data and challenges around privacy. While the first part of the audio of the elow ideo is not brilliant, the panel discussions on Smart Cities in an after coronavirus world with representatives from Siemens, Blackberry, Airbus, Privacy International, Mercedes-Benz and Dutch MEP Sophie in 't Veld, led by Bloomberg’s Nate Lanxon and Stepanie Bodoni respectively, is quite interesting.
In his third article Adi contemplated the consequences of COVID. While Katerva’s Expert and VP of the International Real Estate Federation Mahmoud ElBurai predicts that, “Covid-19 will speed up the process of how we perceive our homes. Lockdown has driven people to look for better houses with bigger balconies, better viewings, bigger spaces and more public amenities.” The crisis has also highlighted inequalities and additional challenges arising for poorer communities. Research has revealed that out of all the councils in England and Wales, Newham in east London had both the highest COVID-19 death rate and greatest proportion of homes classed as overcrowded (25.2%). Habitat for Humanity has facilitated an interesting discussion on COVID-19's impact on adequate housing and sustainable cities around the world - check out the video.
As it is estimated that buildings account for around 40% of all energy consumption in the US, Adi focused in his final article on the #FutureOf HOUSING on Zero Energy Communities. That it is possible to significantly reduce the energy requirements for air-conditioning - 90% to be precise, has been proven by Mick Pearce with his Eastgate Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe. He was able to achieve this by applying the design principles of termite mounds, which keep a relatively stable temperature on the inside despite wide fluctuations on the outside, to the structure of the building. You can hear more about it in the video below.