PART TWO - How Smart Technologies and Emotional Intelligence will change the way we design our homes and live our lives

Home design, despite technological advances, hasn't changed a lot over the last century. New automation technologies are starting to come in but we think that things could potentially change in a much more radical way, if we combined design and technologically together in a much more seamless fashion. Both the types of appliances and types of spaces found in a home will change in the near future. 

EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL THERAPY - THE FUTURE OF THE BEDROOM AND BATHROOM 

Particularly for those living busy lives in urban environments, we believe that we may soon sleep in therapy pods that can respond to both your physical and emotional needs. Artificial intelligence can be used to recognise patterns in your physical and mental wellbeing to help to keep you in good health. Already we are seeing trends where the ensuite (toilet excluded) is starting to blend in with the bedroom, which is common particularly in hotels. It is possible that a bathing function may even become combined with the bed function to provide a wider range of therapy options. For new builds, these functions may be built into the space. For existing homes, an 'immersive' sleeping pod could be bought as a standalone item which could be an all in one device, as shown below, or an evolving series of devices working together. We imagine that it could be operated on an 'app' basis where one can purchase an increasing range of programming options.

 MEDICAL SCANNER & HEALTH TRACKER  -  There will be a large growth in remote monitoring & diagnosis as well as remote preventative, chronic and acute treatment options. Emotional assessment will also help keep us in good health both mentally and physically.    Data can be streamed to health professionals who can step in when necessary. Therapy and nutrition plans can be developed, patterns can be recognised, sleep can be monitored and scored. (Nutritional plans can be connected to our *smart kitchen which can respond to your emotional and physical condition.)

MEDICAL SCANNER & HEALTH TRACKER  -  There will be a large growth in remote monitoring & diagnosis as well as remote preventative, chronic and acute treatment options. Emotional assessment will also help keep us in good health both mentally and physically. 

Data can be streamed to health professionals who can step in when necessary. Therapy and nutrition plans can be developed, patterns can be recognised, sleep can be monitored and scored. (Nutritional plans can be connected to our *smart kitchen which can respond to your emotional and physical condition.)

 CHROMATHERAPY - Colours are used to adjust body vibrations to frequencies that result in health and harmony. Each colour possesses frequencies of a specific vibration, and each vibration is related to different physical symptoms.   For example, blue promotes relaxation and calm as it exhibits tranquilizing qualities - used to relieve headaches and migraines, colds, stress, nervous tension, rheumatism, stomach pains, muscle cramps and liver disorders.

CHROMATHERAPY - Colours are used to adjust body vibrations to frequencies that result in health and harmony. Each colour possesses frequencies of a specific vibration, and each vibration is related to different physical symptoms.

For example, blue promotes relaxation and calm as it exhibits tranquilizing qualities - used to relieve headaches and migraines, colds, stress, nervous tension, rheumatism, stomach pains, muscle cramps and liver disorders.

 AROMATHERAPY - aromatic essential oils from plants, extracted and mixed with other substances like oil and alcohol, are sprayed into the air and inhaled, triggering powerful neurotransmitters and other chemicals that stimulate certain parts of the limbic system in the brain, improving mood.   used to treat stress, sleep disorders, and mood disturbances including depression and anxiety.

AROMATHERAPY - aromatic essential oils from plants, extracted and mixed with other substances like oil and alcohol, are sprayed into the air and inhaled, triggering powerful neurotransmitters and other chemicals that stimulate certain parts of the limbic system in the brain, improving mood.

used to treat stress, sleep disorders, and mood disturbances including depression and anxiety.

 CRYOTHERAPY - localized or whole-body exposure to subzero temperatures decreases inflammation, increases cellular survival, and decreases spain and spasms, as extreme cold temperatures reduce the action of cytokines, which regulate various inflammatory responses.   used to treat muscle soreness, inflammation, psoriasis

CRYOTHERAPY - localized or whole-body exposure to subzero temperatures decreases inflammation, increases cellular survival, and decreases spain and spasms, as extreme cold temperatures reduce the action of cytokines, which regulate various inflammatory responses.

used to treat muscle soreness, inflammation, psoriasis

 MEDITATION AND YOGA - meditation reduces stress on the mind and body by refocusing one’s attention on calming thoughts and breathing. This lowers the activity of the sympathetic nervous system, responsible for the anxiety-inducing “fight or flight” response, lowering heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, and relaxing muscles.   used to treat stress, depression, hypertension, and irritable bowel syndrome

MEDITATION AND YOGA - meditation reduces stress on the mind and body by refocusing one’s attention on calming thoughts and breathing. This lowers the activity of the sympathetic nervous system, responsible for the anxiety-inducing “fight or flight” response, lowering heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, and relaxing muscles.

used to treat stress, depression, hypertension, and irritable bowel syndrome

 Our proposed kitchen of the future:   A series of modular glass storage vessels for food and liquids that can be automatically refilled externally, which could eliminate the need for packaging, which is creating excessive waste.   If operated in auto-mode, o nce it has scanned you and assessed your physical or mental needs it will create then dispense your daily tonic.

Our proposed kitchen of the future:  A series of modular glass storage vessels for food and liquids that can be automatically refilled externally, which could eliminate the need for packaging, which is creating excessive waste.  If operated in auto-mode, once it has scanned you and assessed your physical or mental needs it will create then dispense your daily tonic.

 Our artistic installation for the kitchen of the future - Tequila chandelier

Our artistic installation for the kitchen of the future - Tequila chandelier

This project has been published in ELLE Magazine, New Zealand Herald, New Zealand Architecture Magazine and discussed on Radio NZ and in an up and coming documentary for TVNZ.

Unité dans la diversité - A tower for Urban Refugees

Unité dans la diversité (United in our diversity) We have created a conceptual proposal, in reaction to the current refugee crisis as well as the recent events in the USA. We are seeking to create a tower for peace, for tolerance, for friendship, for love, for nostalgia, for remembrance, for nurture and for growth..

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a tower for refugees

Approximately 60% of refugees live in cities, not camps….in cities, refugees often face hard conditions and have their basic rights denied. Depending on what country they have re-settled in, there can be many barriers that they face in starting a new life. We see this tower as a typology that could be adapted and located in other cities around the world. The landscapes may be different and the overall size of the building too but the general programme remains similar in nature.

a tower for humanity – for peace and unity

We see this tower as a symbolic of the natural altruistic nature of people… a shared desire for peace and happiness… a sense of unity to ease the sense of fear… we would like it to be symbolically located near Trump’s tower in opposition to his fear mongering and instead spread a message of acceptance, tolerance, humanity and love. 

a tower for nostalgia for lost homelands

We want to create a place where displaced persons, refugees, may come to remember their homeland, before it became war torn and terrifying. We wish to create beautiful open landscapes where they can come to relax, pray, communicate with their family in other places around the world. The landscape zones would have free wi-fi and communication facilities as well as commercial kitchen facilities and so on sensitively integrated for market days. Their may be memorial elements integrated here also.

a tower for awareness and remembrance

The tower hopes to raise awareness of the plight of refugees and not only raise money for refugees worldwide but also to increase our tolerance and acceptance of diversity. For this tower, located in New York, the public may take the express elevator to the top where there is an interactive signal tower that digitally shows data such as the movement of refugees worldwide. The public can also input their own messages here. There will be a museum space for visitors to see what is happening in the various conflict zones worldwide and also regarding the movement and state of refuges worldwide. The landscapes for this proposed tower have been digitally extracted from actual landscapes from the countries where the highest number of refugees come to the United States of America. Visitors to the tower will be able to buy authentic wares and food from the shops and markets run by the refugees.

a tower for education and livelihood

This tower will be a place where refugees can learn new skills for their new home. We also hope to teach refugees skills, such as coding and teaching skills to enable them to help create programmes to educate refugees in developing countries in ways that are relevant to them. Within the tower we hope to create profitable employment for refugees, as a start up job when they first come to the country such as cooking and selling food at the markets. Immersive language training will be freely available along with translation services. There will also be a manufacturing part, with the latest technology such as 3d printers where they can produce wares to be sold. It is hoped that these towers become both enjoyable and profitable enterprises both to run the facility and also help provide funding resettlement costs for refugees into their neighbouring countries – which is often the better option.

a tower for the future – sustainability and technology

Technology is developing so rapidly there are so many creative ways one can use it in the built environment. We propose that the large open spaces will bring in natural ventilation to each zone of the building as well as harness energy through solar cells integrated into the open landscapes and sections of the facade.

Visually, the general façade pattern has been conceptually extracted from the strata from the refugee’s homelands. We propose that up close, this strata will actually be created from homeland images.  The main façade will have a fine screen made of moveable metal panels that open and close to create shading as required. There would be a library of imagery, related to the refugee homelands, that will be selected automatically in a ‘pixelated’ format. The image selected will depend on the amount of shading required. The reflective nature of the panels means that the solid aspects of the building will also reflect the surroundings of their location, connecting it to the new place, while the voids will clearly represent the originating homelands.

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Schools of the future?

Before embarking on a journey to imagine what a school of the future may look like, first we wanted to explore human needs and how education, in partnership with school design, could address this?

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  Maslow's model shows us that our most basic needs, eg physiological needs, must be met before other needs can be met. Therefore, before we educate people to expand their minds, shouldn't we make sure that they truly understand what sustains us: fresh air to breathe, nutritious food to eat and a temperature that people can live in.

Maslow's model shows us that our most basic needs, eg physiological needs, must be met before other needs can be met. Therefore, before we educate people to expand their minds, shouldn't we make sure that they truly understand what sustains us: fresh air to breathe, nutritious food to eat and a temperature that people can live in.

  It is empirically evident that the reason for the hierarchical human dominance across the planet has been a result of our intelligence and our fundamental ability to pass on knowledge from one generation to another. Thus education is the premise for our progression as a society, civilisation and species.      Architecture is a facilitator for education and has historically been an allegorical codex of how knowledge is transferred in each society. It is therefore the responsibility of architecture to accommodate for todays changes and also instigate a way for new knowledge of education to be manifested in a physical form.    Should it not be, therefore, the responsibility of education programming, in partnership with school design, to focus on the fundamental needs of humanity?

It is empirically evident that the reason for the hierarchical human dominance across the planet has been a result of our intelligence and our fundamental ability to pass on knowledge from one generation to another. Thus education is the premise for our progression as a society, civilisation and species.  

Architecture is a facilitator for education and has historically been an allegorical codex of how knowledge is transferred in each society. It is therefore the responsibility of architecture to accommodate for todays changes and also instigate a way for new knowledge of education to be manifested in a physical form.

Should it not be, therefore, the responsibility of education programming, in partnership with school design, to focus on the fundamental needs of humanity?

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  We think that schools in themselves provide an excellent opportunity to be a learning tool in itself. Schools should also be a role model for the community. 

We think that schools in themselves provide an excellent opportunity to be a learning tool in itself. Schools should also be a role model for the community. 

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Please refer to next post for further development and information.