ImaginationLancaster staff got a book commission looking at the future of the home. The Future Home: trends, innovations and disruptors in housing design will be published by Routledge in January 2024 in the UK and the US. The book looks at global pandemics, smart technologies, demographics and extreme weather/climate change as disruptors that impact housing design in 10 years. Hence, this book will examine early trends, innovations and disruptors to answer how our homes may be like in 10 years. The book dives into aspects of the home that are likely to remain constant and those that may change beyond recognition. If changes are predicted, what form they may take and, most importantly, what this means for design professionals.
This book comes out at a key point where the world comes out from a major disruptor, making society re-think how we live, whom we live with and how home design supports our daily lives. The experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic primarily drive many debates about whether or not homes are fit for purpose, focusing on home design, although in this book, we go beyond this and question. How should home design respond to climate change, health and extreme weather whilst incorporating technology and adapting to our lives? The book also challenges the current design methods and presents alternatives for co-living, participatory architecture and retrofitting.
The book will have contributions from the ‘Home & Living’ research cluster at Lancaster University, mapping their expertise in the field with other world-leading personalities in the field. It will be edited by Prof Ruth Dalton and Dr Alejandro Moreno-Rangel, and will also have contributions from Prof Avi Friedman, Des Fagan, Juan Manuel Vazquez, Dr Adrian Gradinar, Dr Mike Stead, Dr Ana Costa, Emad Alyedressy, Dr Demet Yesiltepe, Professor Paul Jones, Dr Mirian Calvo, Carmen Fabregat-Nodar, Dr Tarek Ahmed and Chris Morgan.