It’s the last week of the Instagram Takeover 2021 and what a variety of ideas, concepts and images the team have presented over the course of the takeover! If you’ve missed any take a scroll back through our Instagram or head to the news section on our website and read the other blogs.
Closing out the takeover is Bradley Mutter – a new face at GLM! Brad joined GLM in the summer of 2021 as an Architectural Technologist. Brad brings a wealth of experience in the detailing and implementation of modern construction. He particularly enjoys turning creative sketches into reality through well thought through solutions that keeps the essence of the concept design and ensuring it stands the test of time . Brad is passionate about technical design and is always keen to learn about and put forward new methods of construction. When not working on projects Brad can often by found camping in his TentBox! Over to you Brad!
- (Images : Above, Centre & Left) Communities of the Future
Co-housing, a new concept to some, however it began in the 60’s in Denmark where likeminded families shared spaces, from outdoor gardens to a communal kitchen. It is a way of life that I can see becoming more popular.
The ability to live in a closely knitted community, that can resolve the isolation many people experience today within some new builds. Every household having either some form of knowledge, experience or business that can contribute to the success of the overall group.
The sustainability points are high, with the use of community heating, co designed eco houses/flats, shared facilities such as laundries and a communal garden for growing fresh produce.
I cannot see why more existing town houses, associations, developments and farms cannot join this revolution. Very much like Caomiston Farmhouse combining existing garden spaces into communal spaces for renewables like ground source heating, safe play areas for children and shared facilities within a common area.
How much time outside work/family/hobbies would you have to contribute to your community? Do you think you would be comfortable to voice opinions and share personal views?
References : Scottish Housing News – Comiston – BBC
- (Images : Above) Hippodrome Cinema – Future Habits
The Hippodrome Cinema, Bo’ness – Scotland’s oldest surviving cinema, designed by local Architect Matthew Steele officially opened in 1912. The last film to be shown was in 1975, after which it was turned into a bingo hall until its closure in 1980, falling into disrepair. In 2009, 29 years later, it opened its doors again after it was given a new lease of life with the support from various grants that amounted to £1.8million.
It is concerning with the ever-growing popularity of digital streaming (Netflix, Amazon etc) how Cinemas like it across the UK will be able to survive and not become a distance memory of the past. Is it a salty or sweet future for cinemas and theatres?
Photo Credit – Pollockhammondarchitects
- (Images : Below, Left and Centre) Living Walls
What if we had living walls for our homes?
Expanding nature into our cities is an essential element for a sustainable future. Our connection to the natural world is frequently ignored in this increasingly urban world. Green infrastructure such as green walls, green roofs and parks, can be targeted to bring plants to the very places where we need them and where they can add value. Outdoor living walls to buildings could be the future to our cities where space will be more limited and financially at a premium.
Living walls with a more usable vegetation like herbs, edible flowers? Would you help yourself to free sustainable food on your commute?
Photo Credit: Image courtesy of Scotscape & Green Roof Consultancy & Treebox
- (Image : Above, Left) Work to live, not live to work – WFH
Freedom from the office spaces. With the current pandemic raising awareness to the numerous benefits of working from your home (ideally in space where you will not be disturbed!), I can see it forming a new work life in the future. The increase of flexibility for a healthier lifestyle where you can potentially work your own hours, reduce your carbon footprint and cost by not requiring a car for commutes. Building regulations will look to make it mandatory for all new builds designed to incorporate a dedicated space for WFH.
Could it see the increase in international trade in regard to digital services? Working for a firm 1000+ miles away in the comfort of your own home. Could there be an increase in contract employment instead of permanent staff? Businesses flourishing with less requirements for employee benefits and having the flexibility with specific jobs/tasks.
- (Images : Above) Home of the future – Smaller but smarter
With space becoming premium, the house of the future shall be designed to minimum requirements that is required for the number of occupants. With the use of smart storage systems, rooms shall be able to adapt to different uses. New technologies will be developed to help save the homeowner money as well as automate the home to make life more convenient.
Say goodbye to wall mounted light switches and wall sockets! With the help from artificial intelligence within homes, it would allow us to operate our appliances by the either voice or motion commands. The home will not only monitor its own health and activities but also the occupants. Measuring body temperatures and warning users of any illnesses.
Image courtesy of Nestron
- (Images : Above) Water World – The Floating Villages
With the ever-rising sea levels, price tag for land and overcrowding in cities, the potential for developing out on water may be more viable in the future. The floating village, Koh Panyee in Thailand (home of Southern Thailand’s no.1 football team), have embraced the waters since the late 18th century, with a population of 1,685 people. It is a thriving village with tourism being one of the main attractions. The village is one of many great examples of what can be achieved moving communities on water.
Materials and methods of construction in the future may allow larger cities to be built on and below the water that can withstand our harsh weather. On the mainland the existing canal systems can be widened and extended to provide an additional mode of transport allowing fast connections to different towns/cities, avoiding the slower congested roads.
Image courtesy of AT Design Office
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