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

WATCH THIS SPACE - This project will keep expanding over the coming months and will be presented at our exhibition in September 2017.

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.