A new study says smart home designs could have a big impact on the way we live and work in the coming years.
The study from Design and Architecture Research and Strategy Institute, released Thursday, examined whether smart home design could help transform our cities into the world’s most livable and technologically advanced cities by 2050.
The report is based on data from the 2016 US Census, which showed the average American family spends about $1,600 annually on household furnishings, appliances, and other consumer goods.
This figure was down from $2,900 in 2015.
And although we may have moved into the “smart” era, this doesn’t mean we’re moving away from traditional design.
“There’s nothing wrong with traditional designs,” said Jason Brown, who led the study.
“But it is very important to look at the bigger picture and recognize that there’s a new reality in which we are building homes with technology in mind.”
The report notes that, as of 2018, nearly 60% of homes are equipped with smart home devices.
In the study, which was released by the institute and conducted by research firm Burtless, researchers focused on four key areas: housing, infrastructure, design, and mobility.
These include transportation, energy and water, and communications.
“This new reality is the challenge for designers of all kinds, from the smallest home builders to the biggest tech companies,” said Richard Tinsley, the study’s lead author.
“It means that the future of home design is not just the best in the world, but the best anywhere in the entire world.”
This new reality could have an enormous impact on how we live our lives, the report says.
For example, the majority of Americans live in places that have high concentrations of urban housing.
And for many of them, this means that smart homes could help them live more efficiently, according to the study published in the American Economic Review.
In order to help them achieve this goal, Brown and his team took a closer look at a variety of home designs.
“Our analysis is focused on how a home can be a hub of energy consumption and sustainability, with smart devices providing an opportunity to connect all of the elements that make up the home, including its physical layout, lighting, and materials,” the report said.
“The study shows that there is a very real opportunity for designers to transform the way the housing market operates.”
The study also looked at the impact that home design has on mobility.
For instance, the number of people moving from rural areas to urban areas has doubled in the past decade.
“With the rise of smart home technologies, we could see the opportunity to help these populations better access and better navigate the city,” said Brown.
“We want to be able to see how we can design smart homes in ways that connect them with all the infrastructure that supports them.”
The research was conducted in collaboration with MIT’s Center for Transportation, Energy and Environmental Studies and the University of California-San Diego.
The researchers also examined how homes are perceived by the public.
“How well do they understand their physical space and how well are they equipped to adapt to changing climate, weather, and human needs?”
The research showed that many Americans do not have good ways to communicate with their homes and that the perception of a home has an enormous influence on how the public views it.
The results are especially troubling for people of color, who have historically been at the forefront of environmental and social justice movements.
“While smart home systems are generally welcomed by the majority, they do not seem to be embraced by a large majority of African Americans,” said Tinsly.
“These findings show that it is critically important to recognize that home ownership is a long-term process and that home improvement and design are key to improving people’s lives.”