There are a number of reasons to believe that living space in the short and long-term future will need to be smaller, including:
- Many nations have less usable land and exploding populations.
- In all likelihood, more than half of all human beings now live in cities. We’re out of room for them.
- As humans spend more time in virtual space, they may have less intrinsic interest in inhabiting expanded physical space.
- The United States is about be struck by an “age wave” of retiring baby boomers, many of whom won’t be able to afford spacious housing.
- 100 years from new the planet is going to have considerably less usable land, if global warming predictions are correct.
- And don’t forget … space colonization. It could happen.
Designs for small but comfortable living spaces should be of great interest, then – which leads us to designs like Luigi Colani’s small house of the future. In a Copernican shift from typical designs, inhabitants of the Colani house stay put (in a living room space) and use a remote control to turn a rotating cylinder that contains a bathroom, kitchen, and bedroom.
Total footprint for the Colani house? 6 x 6 meters. Here’s the kitchen:
And the bathroom:
Hopefully there’s a block on that remote control when the bathroom is in use.
It looks far more livable than Tokyo capsule hotels, with their coffin-sized sleeping spaces:
Still, if the prospect of living in a space like this bothers you there are plenty of opportunities for activism in the fight against global warming …