During the industrial revolution, London was one of the most popular cities, thanks to the high number of jobs and employment opportunities. Indeed, studies show that the city’s population grew from 1 million to 2.25 million during that period.
As the demand for accommodation grew to match the high influx of people, buildings were being erected too close to each other with poor sanitary conditions. For example, streets were always filled with soot, smoke and smog. This led to the increase of spread of diseases and rampant seasons of epidemics.
In spite of the fact that it was beneficial when labor increased in the city, changes had to be made as the quality of life in London was quickly becoming a point of concern for the authorities. It was these dreadful conditions that led to the need of modern urban planning and public health policies to be enacted.
Covid-19 and urban housing and planning
As with the case of industrial revolution, the emergence of Covid-19 pandemic has also brought to light the housing crisis and its role in urban planning and public health. This has now led us to rethink everything, including urban housing.
Living in cities is becoming more expensive with every passing day as more people move to these urban areas in search of better lives and opportunities. This explains the need to build more affordable housing facilities to solve the issue of growing population densities.
These homes should also be able to fit the aesthetics and convenience of those who demand them, hence the need to incorporate technology and lots of creativity when designing them.
In this post, we explore four examples of urban housing changes that could help to explain what the future holds.
The growing demand for fully furnished apartments
Tackling down the post-pandemic increase of employee mobility housing needs, the increasing trend of remote working, and the digital nomad lifestyle are only a few of the reasons for inventing more flexible accommodation. Nowadays in several big cities in the US, furnished apartments and pre-equipped units are more palatable to many urban residents offering a higher level of flexibility. Adopting this accommodation style, renters have the option to move to different houses or cities without worrying about spending extra money on moving costs.
Furnished rentals are now a big pull for urban residents as they are manageable and provide an affordable alternative to both renting an unfurnished home or staying in a hotel for a short-term period.
Shared spaces is the new thing
With the increasing standards of living and housing costs, many of the young adults are now opting to co-share living spaces as a way to cut down costs. This trend has significantly gained traction over the past couple of years.
Some co-living spaces come with various amenities such as a swimming pool area, gyms and co-working spaces. They are particularly popular among digital nomads and others who prefer to rent rather than committing to long –term permanent contracts.
Conversion of vacant offices into apartments
Although there is a significant drop of affordable housing in most top cities today, the same cannot be said of office spaces which seem to be growing at a quicker rate than the existing demand. Some design companies are now coming up with simple and affordable solutions to transform them into apartments.
We expect this trend to keep growing going forward as designers seek to increase the amount of rentable living spaces that are more affordable especially for young adults who are more conscious about cost than space.
Hybrid construction buildings
This is one of the fastest growing trends whereby a large scale building is developed with a mix of different services provided in the same space such as apartments, businesses, restaurants and offices. These services are linked seamlessly but separated in different sections of the building, making it look like a small city in one area.
These facilities also focus on creating a sustainable and eco-friendly environment by investing in renewable energies, secure power and waterways and better walkability around the city. Their aim is to build communities while using digital technologies to achieve this.
Where’s urban housing headed to?
For these ideas to come to life, all stakeholders involved must rely heavily on the latest construction and management technologies. The idea is to come up with futuristic architectural designs that provide solutions to the traditional housing-related issues that urban areas face today and even those they might have to deal with in the future.
Leaders need to foresee what sort of housing projects a city requires and what policies and incentives should be put in place to achieve sustainable and affordable housing.
Ultimately, the right urban housing plans must accommodate different services, be environmentally-friendly and encompass income-generating facilities, all without losing a sense of community.