The Scenario and Challenge

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

The Scenario and Challenge

The challenge in this project is for students 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. Students will create a floor plan and basic model of a house of the future that reflects these four shifts, and then deliver their design and give evidence of their thinking in the form of a 10 minute presentation about why their house will be necessary and useful in the future. 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. Their model houses 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. The project is designed to encouraged creativity and imagination.

Students will create a floor plan, a basic model sketch, and a 10 minute presentation as their final products. The floor plan and model should convey key geometric concepts and show how geometry was used to construct the floor plan and model.  

The students 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, students can create a TED-like stage and use posters as their backdrop. The plans that accompany the model must include key geometric information showing that students understand formal constructions.

Students must show that they can answer the Driving Question by demonstrating that their ‘house of the future’ accounts for population growth, urbanization, energy efficiency, and future design trends.
This project may be completed entirely in a geometry class or taught in tandem with other subjects such as geography, science, or English classes.

The Driving Question

Present this Driving Question to your students:

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