The question of how our lives will look like in a decade has crossed our minds from time to time. In this article, we will try to give you an imagination of the year 2030. To write this article we’ve used PSFK’s Future of Home + Living report and we will share with you six emerging themes like re-purposing of space, particularly in cities, displacement of residence and ownership and the concept of life as a permanent state. If you want to detach yourself from the stress of the weighty uncertainty of 2020 or understanding a broader vision based on patterns that had taken hold before the pandemic, this post encourages you to imagine the year 2030.
Municipalities and cities may aim to maintain their distinctive identity by reforming zoning regulations and offering financial benefits to developers who want to improve existing buildings and infrastructure instead of bulldozing and re-launching. Take Framlab, an agency that aims to tackle Brooklyn’s food deserts with modular, aerial farms that are easy to fit into established urban infrastructures. Modular infrastructure in hardware and wireless technologies would also allow for cost-effective networking and increased efficiency.
Single State (of Mind)
As people pursue greater versatility in how and where they live or work, the concept of being single will shift from being viewed as a ‘life period’ to a ‘life option.’ Sharing platforms and exposure to a host of pay-as-you-go facilities will make single lives not only commercially feasible but also infinitely flexible as people decide to switch from inside and between the two.
The assumption today is that super-fast connectivity will assist people work and live anywhere in the world — but what’s likely to occur is that people want to live near metropolitan areas. Instead of displacing workforce along countries and into rural regions, super connectivity such as 6G will contribute to the creation of a variety of support facilities that can only be optimized when there is a large group of users and providers. For most people, this means that leading a modern life with a packed suite of services — think Hello Alfred — will imply living in a city or a very large town.
Super-Connectivity would also contribute to the regeneration of ’empty areas’ in urban settings. As energy, communications and infrastructure may be distributed or beamed in, abandoned parts of towns – large and small – can be turned into prosperous regions. Such an initiative is well under way: Check out Excrescent Utopia, an architectural idea that explores the prospect of urban residents producing living areas on the figurative edges of their ecosystem (including lamp posts).
By the year 2030, many people you meet are definitely not going to have full-time jobs. Rather they will have multiple micro-jobs both intellectual and physical. There would be less and less of a trend for the kinds of jobs that someone does every week, or even every day—and therefore these ‘uber-employees’ will be recruited based for statistical models of demands for the personnel needs of a company. Report shows that during the past decade, the gig economy has expanded by 15 per cent, and is only expected to accelerate its growth.
This change includes the loss of residential property and ownership. There would be a switch when homeowners understand they will make a lot more money off shared-economy projects. Traditional homes will be excluded from the housing market, and buyers can increase their profits by out-of-town short-term rentals and other encounters — private entertainment, night clubs, conferences, or activities.
Likewise, as objects are more readily accessible and able to support many users and use cases, it would become less commercially feasible to own things. In China, Blue Heart is a standalone shared living space where the Chengdu community is asked of using its entertainment, cooking and package delivery infrastructure, while Japanese people are now renting cars for nap sessions.
Health & Privacy Concerns
The Covid-19 pandemic, increased emissions and the proliferation of digital technologies have caused people to take decisions on where and how they want to live. Residents now have to seriously understand their degree of familiarity with concepts such as proximity, culture and shared / open access. In view of these actual and potential risks, all from whole towns to homes, workplaces, and transit alternatives is being reconsidered. Pew studies have found that particularly younger Americans are now on the run, and so many of them have opted to leave primarily because of coronavirus.
What do you think about these 6 themes that will drive the future of our lives? Let us know your opinions in the comments section below.