For a minute, let’s pretend we can peer through a looking glass into the future. Houses are self-sustaining, they have a power source that provides a comfortable environment and more food and water than a family needs. It’s as if the homes have become living buildings, integrating into the land and resources to provide for their inhabitants. Rain water is used to flush toilets and water from the river is collected and treated locally, no municipality is needed.
We got here, to this future, because big bureaucratic entities have a hard time adapting quickly with technology. Affordable solutions to more abundant, reliable, and quality resources got introduced to a market that was hungry for customization and wanted to decide what’s best for those they love.
If you think about where we are now, in the present, the industrial era created an over abundance of many things while simultaneously concentrating ownership to a few. These large governments and institutions provided a nice place for most people to live a fulfilled life as part of the engine (not the owner of the engine) and that’s why it came about and stuck. Living like this for a century eventually taught us to get fulfillment outside of our production, in consumption. It was part of the trade even if people didn’t notice it at the time. Now with the internet and realizing that over consumption doesn’t do the trick, people are beginning to focus their energy towards gaining fulfillment in production, and that includes ownership.
Designing and building these living-homes is my version of bringing fulfillment back to production. It’s about the experience of dreaming big, pulling the pieces together, and gently integrating with the natural world. In the end the experience is a gift to the contributors and the clients. Gaining ownership of another asset (surplus clean water and power) is just another inevitable part of the decentralization process.
There are many pieces to this puzzle and it’s difficult for me to articulate them all. As I work to clear things up, this is a condensed vision of the future I see and how one can take part in it.
What future do you see? Are you working towards it?