IntroductionThe process and methodology for researching The Future of Home.
In the seventh year of the summer research fellowship the firm presented us with the topic of The Future of Home. Our research quickly began to formulate itself around the urban home.
These questions directed our research into seeking what principles make up an urban home and understanding the decisions people make as to where they want to live.
We began by analyzing Valerio Dewalt Train projects and participating in site tours to observe how people communicate what is important in a home. We were curious how the branding of various buildings aligned with contemporary, urban culture. After analyzing the firm’s housing projects, we then identified several buildings within a 1 mile radius. The chosen buildings varied in scale and type in an effort to identify similarities and differences within the factors that make up a home.
Through listening on our site visits, carefully observing how buildings brand themselves as a home, collecting and sorting through literature, and analyzing surveys conducted within the office, we have identified 13 principles associated with the notion of an urban home. These principles begin to reflect how current needs in an urban home may adapt due to lifestyle and cultural shifts in the future.
How much value is placed on various factors in an urban home?
Urban Home ExplorationsExamples that are reacting to current and future trends in urban housing as identified in the 13 Principles of Home.
ConclusionFinal thoughts and next steps in the future of the urban home.
What is the future of the urban home?
We do not have a concrete prediction of what the future of the urban home may look like. What we do know, however, is that urban homes will greatly be affected by shifts in lifestyle and cultural trends. The Principles of Home are a way to identify what is currently important within the framework of an urban home and what factors may be impacted in the near future. Changes in affordability, location and density will always impact urban housing, but factors such as flexibility, customization and social spaces are likely to adapt and continue to play a vital role in urban homes.
Questions moving forward:
What principles, if any, are universal in an urban home?
Are certain principles simply a trend?
Will future generations be attracted to urban living?
What new urban typologies will emerge to respond to housing needs?
How can we design spaces to enrich and fulfill future urban housing needs?
If the unit is no longer the focal point of an urban home, how do you design a space for all residents that evoke the feeling of home?
DiscoveriesSite visits, articles and surveys that have contributed to our research.
 Socio-Cultural Trends Shaping Commercial Real Estate — Shelley Cernel
 Are Apartment Renters Willing to Pay More for Green Features? — Bendix Anderson
 Millennials put pets first when buying a home — Diana Olick
 Millennials now primary pet-owning demographic — JAVMA News
 For Multifamily Developers, It Is All About The Dogs — Kyle Hagerty
 Disruption Report — National Multi Family Housing Council
 Understanding Generation Z is the Key to Multifamily Housing Success — Brian Hardy
 Gen Z: The Ultimate Wellness Consumer — Joe Vennare
 How Can We Connect with Nature in Our Cities? — Rebecca McCarty
 Finding connections to nature in cities is key to healthy urban living — Michelle Ma
 Future Proofing Multifamily Housing Amenities for Generation Z — Renee Gastineau
 Future Housing: 6 Forward-Thinking Visions Make Dense Cities More Livable — SA Rogers
 What is the Home of the Future anyway? — Thomas Ricker
 Temporary Retrofit: Micro-Dwellings for Unoccupied Buildings — Urbanist
 New Joint Center housing report foresees steady rental demand over the next decade — John Caulfield
 Slowly but surely, working at home is becoming more common — Dan Kopf
 Millennials want experiences not possessions, say co-living entrepreneurs — Jessica Mairs
 Citation: Nest Tool Kit, a Modular Take on Affordable Housing — Clay Risen
 Six of the best co-living developments from around the world — Anna Winston
 Design Eight Five Two updates Hong Kong flat with sliding walls and space-saving furniture — Jessica Mairs
 Building the Housing of the Future — Matthias Tauber, Daniel Feldkamp, Christian Guse, Ailke Heidemann, Till Zupancic, and Tobias Schriefl
 Happy Together — Lizzie Widdicombe
 What Apartment Renters Want — NMHC
 Boomer vs Millennial Wants — NMHC
 Early Benchmarks Show ‘Post-Millennials’ on Track to Be Most Diverse, Best-Educated Generation Yet — Richard Fry and Kim Parker
 ‘True Gen’: Generation Z and its implications for companies — Tracy Francis and Fernanda Hoefel
 How Lighting Affects the Productivity of Your Workers — MBA@UNC Staff
 Deloitte research reveals a "generation disrupted": Growing up in a world of accelerated transformation leaves Millennials and Gen Zs feeling unsettled about the future — Deloitte Global
 Dorms for Grownups: A Solution for Lonely Millennials? — Alana Semuels
 A modular apartment factory is set to touch down in Chicago — Jonathan Hilburg
 The Trends and Future Growth of Multifamily Real Estate Amenities — Friedman Real Estate
 The Design of Homes in the Year 2039 — Keith Flanagan
 More Optimistic Than Millennials, Gen Z Is Here to Revolutionize the Housing Market — Eliza Theiss
 In the apartment amenity arms race, service and technology win out — Patrick Sisson
 Data-Driven Architecture — David Friedlander
 "We should think very seriously about what a bed is today" says Beatriz Colomina — India Block
 The Living Space of the Future: Co-Living and Big Data-Driven Design — David Grasso
 The Generation Z world: Shifts in urban design, architecture and the corporate workplace — Celine M. Larkin, Melissa Jancourt and William H. Hendrix
 What Does Generation Z Think When They Move? — Oz Moving
 5 intriguing trends to track in the multifamily housing game — John Caulfield