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#FutureHomes: Creating the next generation of homes

In the last 8 years, I have been part of some amazing teams where we designed and built 3 different award-winning homes, but I still have a lot to learn and explore in order to achieve my dream: to create the next generation of homes.

I always tried to imagine the perfect home and after two pre-certified homes and working with Living Building Challenge, BREAM and Green Homes standard, I felt there’s a lot of room for improvment. Today this type of certification only tackles the product, missing anything else.

From my point of view the perfect living / the perfect home should incorporate the following 3 dimensions and this is how I end up creating the CIP Diagram, with more details to follow.

  • THE PRODUCT CALLED HOME
  • HOW DO WE INTERACT WITH OUR HOME (AND OTHERS’)
  • WHAT LIVING MEANS

I. THE PRODUCT CALLED HOME

This is where I have the most experience and where sustainability standards (BREEAM, LEED, WELLBEING INSTITUTE) are doing a great job of getting the bigger picture.

To do: In the next 3 years, I want to design 3 homes in 3 different extreme and harsh environments. I cannot say what is the level of details I am going to achieve and when, but the plan is to go as far as possible and one day to actually build each one of them. In the last edition of Solar Decathlon, I learnt once again that there is so much knowledge across the world in creating homes, related to climate, to culture & heritage, to the economy, lessons we did not yet learn.

3 different homes in 3 very different places

  • one in the extremely hot (let’s say Sahara)
  • one in the extreme cold (let’s say Nord Pole)
  • the last one, most difficult, on Mars (waiting for other smart people to decide the place of the colony).

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