The official website of NDA ’18 has initiated a Public Voting Platform now, inviting everyone to choose their favorite “Future Living” space.
Public voting will be closed at 11:59PM Beijing time on August 20, 2018. The final result will be announced on the website and counted as 10% towards the final selection score. Please note that one person only has one vote and should not vote multiple times.
House For Living Beings
Finalist: Patricia Yus, Vincent De Borger
For hundreds of millions of years, forests have covered much of the Earth’s surface and over the past 8,000 years, nearly half of the Earth’s forests have been destroyed. In a context of increasing urbanization, source shortage and climate change, the question of future housing goes beyond the problem of individuals and concerns the whole planet. Because of these patterns, working with nature is more important than ever- the trees outside our front doors will take an important role for the future cities.
Our vision of 2025 housing is about a society reclaiming the trees to be part of their houses. They are dynamic ecosystems that provide critical benefits to people and wildlife. Humans will be no longer the centre of the universe. Instead, nature will be connected to us, being part of our responsibilities and actions. Thanks to technology, the inhabitant will not only be conscious about its house, but also about the fauna and flora around; helping us realise about the relationship between all the natural and non-natural elements, understanding that all our actions affect to our environment.
Finalist: Edgar Rodriguez Lozano, Diego Pulido Torres, Lauren Felix Valencia, Alejandro Marquez Romero, Alberto Vera Zavala
The house of the future is flexible. Not in the terms from which modernism proposed spatial flexibility with the standardized free plan, but instead with a new understanding of the inhabitant, the program, the buildings, and the city. Our proposal arises from the need to accommodate different programs in cities that have already reached their maximum constructive density and where the use of these pre-existing structures must be rethought to create dynamic, diverse, and inclusive cities.
Diversifying the forms of access to housing is one of the greatest challenges for the coming years, but it can never be fully addressed if efforts are not focused on rethinking the economic dynamics around the house. Part of the success of the new mobility, lodging, and delivery services lies in the ability of their digital platforms to connect data points in an efficient infrastructure. Our project proposes a similar dynamic– to extract, verify, process, and connect a large number of information points when designing the house of the future.
This future does not need to be built from scratch. Housing must be able to adapt to pre-existing structures and apply self-design with the aid of artificial intelligence; Wǒ Wū is an online digital platform that allows its users to program their living space. It is a new way of understanding real estate development and of building and inhabiting our cities. At an urban level, this new spatial flexibility results in cities for everyone.
Wǒ Wū Design Engine® relies on machine learning algorithms to generate different spatial arrangements based on the program, age, budget, and preferences of the user. The platform then presents the resulting housing units, delivering a wide range of options with different characteristics. A final configuration filter allows the user to dynamically edit these results, ensuring a completely customized design.
The strength of this vision of city lies in operating with the singularity of each unit, as every inhabitant has a different set of spatial needs. In order for this new model of cities to work, all the pieces must fit together despite their differences, like a tangram puzzle.
Finalist: Phillip Stien
There is a middle ground between typical detached suburban housing developments and large-scale, ultra-high-density residential towers. The DIAGONALS / / 2025. project seeks to find this LIVABLE DENSITY. Tightly-packed residential towers often have only limited access to outdoor areas and shared community space. At the other end of the spectrum, suburban sprawl results in outsized consumption of resources and land use. This project proposes a medium-density tower composed of residences that have both private outdoor space and shared community space that can be unique to each ‘sky block’. The repeated diagonal forms of the façade allow for stepped terraces within each residential quarter, and create a view corridor to a shared outdoor space that can serve as a gathering point for residents. Unique, dynamic neighborhoods can then be formed within the project itself – neighborhoods that are habitable, secure, and easily accessible. Social equity is on display within each sky block.
Set within a high-density context in a first-tier Chinese city, this project attempts to transform the archetype of the high-rise residential building by adding beneficial elements of the natural environment and open community engagement. The result is a tower that has less area per floor than a typical high-rise building, but far more density than a block of row houses or mid-rise condos. Within this tower, there are many options for individual unit sizes. This project emphasizes the experience of a 50 square meter living unit, set in the middle of one of the ‘sky blocks’. The unit contains a kitchen, living room, bathroom, bedroom, and storage spaces. What sets it apart is its access to shared, multilevel community spaces. Its exterior patio is connected directly to staircases which unite all of the units and meet at a shared green space. In this way, the assets of shared streets and open spaces at ground level are brought up within each ‘sky block’. Vertical community integration – a great vision for the year 2025!
House of iFurnitecture
Finalist: Hung Nguyen, Dung Vu, Binh Nguyen
The 21st century is the era of connection with the advent of the Internet and smartphones, but as a side effect, we lost the physical interactions between human beings. We are using more time in our private room than before to enjoy the digital world. When we are locked in our own realm, we isolate ourselves from our family and waste time instead of creating memories in our house.
We conceived that in a typical room, empty spaces around furniture are larger than we basically need.
Therefore, our proposal is an attempt to break the room into small units, each contains one domestic program, such as sleeping, studying, hanging clothes. Units are suspended around family space and keep distance to each other. When owners want to move from unit to unit, they have to enter the family space and reconnect with their family members.
The compact size of each unit blurs the boundary between XS architecture and XL furniture. With its shape and color reflecting the characteristic of its owner, it can be defined as iFurnitecture. House of iFurnitecture is where family members can easily connect and share beautiful moments to their loved ones, while the collection of specific iFurnitecture units tells the story of who they are.
Residential Printer: A Flexible Life
Finalist: Bei Yining, Yi Wenbo
Country: Tianjin, China
In 2025, we hope that people will be able to participate in designing what they want, rather than being relatively passive when living in an apartment, choosing an apartment or buying a product. People will only need to buy 50 m² *6m units of space and a few home 3D printers. More people will be able to afford an apartment. They can buy an architect’s design from the Internet and input into equipment, or they can get their personal customization. In addition to kitchen and bathroom, all other spaces are always variable, including furniture. In the same room, functions can change at any time according to users’ real-time needs to save area, Different from ordinary construction methods, 3D printing can realize more abundant space modeling, such as natural undulating terrain and so on , so that people can get experiential living. And if you rent rooms, you can change the pattern at any time according to the number of tenants. Our pictures show only two possibilities as expected, and there are countless spaces for owners to discover for themselves.
3D-printed building materials are much cheaper than reinforced concrete. Several kinds of building materials can be recycled in blocks, which can be reused after centralized treatment to achieve zero pollution. When someone need to move, just break down the material and recycle it, remove printers and reprint it in your new home. According to current technological levels, 50 square metres of printing could be completed in 10 minutes by 2025. High-rise buildings will need only structures and a circular system of printing materials, and everything else will change at any time.
This is an idea with universal applicability in first-tier cities. We believe that 3D printing will be closely related to housing in the future.