bautec Congress: The future of housing
Berlin, 21. February 2020
What will the cities of the future look like? With a keynote speech on this subject the trend researcher and consultant Oona Horx-Strathern will open the bautec Congress ”Urban Housing | Position and Perspectives”, which is aimed at planners and architects. Contrary to an aging “silver society“, Horx-Strathern is seeing a biographical rejuvenation, accompanied by a proliferation of phases of life, and consequently of housing too. The increasing number of single-person households in cities is accompanied by the risk of isolation, making it important for planners to include communal and meeting spaces. Functions such as guest rooms will be outsourced in co-living projects and used communally. As a result apartments will become smaller and will lose their overall importance as status symbols, Horx-Strathern predicts. Modular construction with prefabricated elements will become more prevalent, to speed up construction and enable it to become more affordable and more environmentally friendly. As resources become more limited, the recycling of building materials will also be of growing importance, in pursuit of a consumption-oriented “neo-ecology” which, instead of self-denial, will embrace an economy based on recycling and consumption.