The Scenario and Challenge

movie.png The challenge in this project is to examine trends in housing, extrapolate that information to predict the future, and use your geometric modeling skills to design a house that supports your predictions.

The Scenario and Challenge

Your challenge in this project is to examine four trends—population growth, urbanization, energy efficiency, and changing tastes in design—that will affect the kind of houses that people live in by 2075.

In teams, you will create a floor plan and basic model of a house of the future that reflects these four shifts, and then deliver your design and give evidence of you thinking in the form of a 10 minute presentation about why your house will be necessary and useful in the future.

Be creative! Use your imaginations and have fun with this!

The format for the talk can vary, but it is suggested that the presentation follow the guidelines for a TED-like talk in which presenters give short presentations that focus on the future and innovation.

  • Your model house must accommodate a family of four.
  • It can be a stand-alone dwelling, be part of a cluster, and use any shapes.
  • Room for a vehicle or outdoor space is optional.
  • You will create a floor plan, a basic model sketch, and a 10 minute presentation as your final product.
  • The floor plan and model should convey key geometric concepts and show how geometry was used to construct the floor plan and model.

You will work in teams of three to four to create presentations that should include three elements:

  1. The model
  2. An explanation and defense of design choices
  3. An overview of why the design would help solve housing problems in the future.

Ideally, the presentation will be digital, in the form of a Prezi, PowerPoint, Google Presentation or something more inventive. If technology is not available, you can create a TED-like stage and use posters as the backdrop.

NOTE: You must show that you can answer the Driving Question by demonstrating that your ‘house of the future’ accounts for population growth, urbanization, energy efficiency, and future design trends.

The Driving Question

How can we design a house that meets people’s needs in 2075?