A subscription village for cities

A subscription village for cities

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Now housing is getting the subscription treatment. Ikea’s Space10 research lab is joining forces with Denmark-based Effekt Architects on a subs-based housing initiative, the Urban Village Project.

The project will focus on how to design, build and share future homes, cities and neighbourhoods, with an emphasis on liveability, sustainability and affordability.

The Urban Village Project will involve cross-generational living in cities, featuring multiple apartment types – rather than standard, homes – to suit single, families, retired couples or student groups.

There will be communal dining, day care, urban gardening, fitness, and shared transportation to help creating a thriving community.

There’s a tech aspect, of course, in the shape of a “digital platform to help you keep your home at your fingertips,” according to Space10. “We envision a tool that would enable you to nurture your real-life communities and connect you to your subscriptions, services and facilities.”

On the sustainability front, there will be integrated solutions such as water harvesting, renewable energy, local food production and localised composting, along with shared resources so that not every household will need to buy and store the same items.

And homes will be made out of cross-laminated timber that outperforms steel and concrete on the environmental front. A modular building system will mean all building components and materials can be disassembled and replaced, reused and recycled – and that system that will be pre-fabricated, mass-produced and flat-packed to push down construction costs.

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