Future housing will be made to fit individual circumstance and tastes. Location will be a prime determinant of the type and level of amenity. It’s currently ‘horses for courses’ at the place millennials want to work, live and play, until they outgrow it and move on. The idea of flexibility and change will be even more paramount for Generation Z. It enables the structure of the social network to develop. Therefore, the buildings that they live in will need to become frameworks for values, relationships and social interactions within which communities can develop.
Imagine a group of 200 dwellings, organised over 15-20 storeys into vertical neighbourhoods, rather than horizontal suburbs. People want to belong to a community, so let’s share what we can. In the tower, bind three floors together through one large shared terrace. Put as much as possible into the communal space in order for the private space to be as simple and affordable as possible. Let’s think about shared laundries, ovens, dining rooms, event spaces, gyms, pools, gardens, composting, cafes, movie rooms and meeting rooms. Let’s get rid of individually owned cars; they’re easy to share.