FUTUREWATCH: The Home of 2050

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In the last decade, there was a significant spurt in the use ofnon-renewable sources of energy. This led to many ordinances beingpassed towards limiting the usage of these non-renewable sources as well as towards increasing utilization of the renewable sources. Anarchitecture firm had organized in May 2009, an internationalcompetition inviting proposals for designing a house with specialregards for the supposed environmental conditions in 2050, when probably many non-renewable energy sources would have depleted. A design forsuch a house of 2050, proposed by M&A Architects, went on to win the third rank at the Materials & Technology Exhibition, TabrizInternational Exhibition Co., Iran.

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The design proposed by M&A Architects for the house of 2050 wasbased on the fact that the chief source of energy available today, viz.petroleum, would probably have been exhausted by then. This wouldthereby necessitate the architecture plans used in 2050 to focus ongreen and renewable energies such as wind and solar energies to thefullest. The house of 2050 was therefore constructed as havingtransparent photo-voltaic glasses on the exterior to block as muchsunlight as possible during the day. The solar energy thus conserved,would serve the energy needs of the household as well as provideluminosity.

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In addition to maximizing solar energy entrapment and usage, themodel for the house of 2050 also attempted to utilize energy from thewind to the maximum extent possible. The architecture of the house wasconsequently designed in a U-shape, with a system attached to the innerportion of the building and which could convert the mechanical energy of the wind incident and store it as electrical energy for future use.

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If water resources continue to be used and polluted as they arebeing today, 2050 has all chances of having acute water scarcity. Hence, the building of 2050 was designed keeping in view its self-sufficiencywith regards to water. A sponge-like material which can collect, store,refine and filter rainwater for drinking purposes was incorporated intothe design of the house. Also, attempting clever use of architecture,the elevators for the house of 2050 were cleverly constructed on theouter shell of the house with minimal travel distance. To add to thepositivity of the urban landscape, the façade for the house of 2050 wasto have cold and warm colors as well– each signifying day and nightrespectively.

Via: Architizer