COMPETITION IS CLOSED!
HOW TO ENTER
All you have to do to enter the design competition is submit the asked deliverables before March 29th to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once submitted, you will receive a confirmation e-mail.
The design competition is a pre-event of INDESEM 21. Only the top 10 submissions will automatically be able to participate in the main event of INDESEM.
The design competition is short and accessible, so send us your ideas!
A PUBLIC DIGITAL SPACE AT HOME
The basic principles of a home are shelter and a safe environment for its user. Whether it is raining, storming or sunny outside, your home is where you retreat to. Home has always played this role for humankind since the agricultural era. However, through changes in history, the home has changed as well. A home has evolved from a public place during the Archaic period to a private space during the Industrial period, when every family had their own home. Now in the 21st century, or the data age, the concept of a home has changed again.
The home is starting to play a more diverse role in our lives. Not only are we spending more time at home, but we are also finding new purposes for our spaces. Our home is not just for living and sleeping anymore. New activities enabled by technology, such as online education, video work calls, workout classes and social zoom sessions, expand our home’s functionality.
At the moment, the home is solely seen as a private place. Yet, everytime we invite guests into our homes, our spaces become a little bit more public. Nowadays, the lines between private and public are continuously blurred. Video calling, snapchat videos, instagram stories, working from home or online education – there are countless examples where the public is invited into our private spaces.
Currently, our homes are not designed for this data age. The acoustics, lighting and internet connection often deter efficient video calling or impair image quality. Moreover, it is becoming more challenging to separate work time from downtime at home. Now that digital communication has become the norm, a new kind of space needs to be introduced: the public digital space at home. How does this space look? What is the connection to the more traditional functions of our homes? How can the design of a home ensure downtime from our online presence? How can we design the perfect light and acoustics for working from home, without the glare of sunlight or dirty laundry in the background? The flexibility of video communication could also be applied to the floorplan of our future homes.
Our designs should reflect the new functionality of the future home and incorporate the relationship between offline private spaces and public digital spaces. It is time to create new technical and architectural design criteria for a home. Let’s find out how this could look.
Design the future living space, where there is a clear distinction between public and private spaces in regards to online and offline presence. Determine a context in which you believe the future work-at-home space would thrive. Let your creativity run wild! How does the studio of the future look? Is it full with flowing shapes? Is it a hyper efficient apartment tower with tiny rooms? Do we all camp out in nature to get away from the internet? Communicate your ideas using a context drawing, a floor plan and a 3D impression (could be anything from a sketch, to a collage or a small render).