Ingredients for Moving Forward

As we’ve lived through this vast sociological and technological transformation, our homes, with the exception of their size, have remained basically unchanged.  Yet, here we stand at a critical shift within America.  One with far reaching effects on our social interactions and personal lives.  An evolutionary shift which calls out for a new home to provide the backdrop and sanctuary necessary to thrive in this new world.

Responding to the population migration trend experienced within the U.S., this new home should be specifically designed for the urban / suburban landscape.  Urban areas, defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as densely developed residential, commercial, and other nonresidential areas, now account for 80.7% of the U.S. population.  The latest census data also showed an urban population growth rate of 12.1%, outpacing the nation’s overall growth rate of 9.7%.  Due to this rate of urban / suburban population expansion, and the accompanying increase in property values, this new home should be appropriately sized and designed to fit within a small-lot setting.

This home should also be seen as more than just a house.  With the evolution of modern work life, this new home should provide dedicated space for these new business-related activities to occur.  A space that is simultaneously integrated with the life of the home but also allows separation from its distraction.  It should be a fully wired, and wireless, residence allowing for in-depth interaction with its varying systems and household devices as well as accommodating easy communication with the outside world.  Electrically powered, the home should also offer the opportunity to add solar energy components converting it to a mini power plant within a potential new national distributed energy grid.

Ultimately, this new home must embrace the technological and sociological changes we are living through.  At the same time, it should also provide an environment to help us manage our personal and family dynamics within this rapidly evolving reality.  As much as the house helps us to connect to the world beyond its exterior walls, so too should it provide a space to help us connect to those within them.  It may be located within an ever-increasing urbanized area, but it should also help us to maintain a healthy connection to nature.  In the end, it should truly be a home for this new century we find ourselves living through.