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The ‘House’ Of The Future Is Open And Adjustable

Two master's students from Pratt Institute have come up with an interesting and viable housing concept for the future.

Caroline Ku
Caroline Ku on August 3, 2011.

Home manufacturers have always sought out areas of high real estate value to plot communities of new houses and high-rise condos. It usually involves clearing out a ravine, farmland or tearing down old buildings to accommodate a shiny new vision.

But two master’s students, Tippy Tippens and Cécile Thalmann of Pratt Institute have designed a modular home that doesn’t impose on its environment. Not only that, it runs water and electricity through self-sustained and renewable energy systems.

When the New York City designers started their thesis project, Transportable Living Spaces, they wanted to create something that would be affordable for middle to low income groups. Construction of the home would only use non-toxic and natural materials. The structure also had to accommodate the various needs of its inhabitants. So they designed the walls, windows and floor space to be just as changeable as the shifting daylight shifts and the passing seasons.

Society is realizing that consuming energy that creates high levels of greenhouse gases, and spending thousands of dollars on it each year is not viable. Transparency, openness and the ability to change, once seen as traits of fragility, are being welcomed as trends of a better future.

And for a one-time expense of $100,000, Tippens’ and Thalmann’s modular housing concept not only seems practical and logical, it’s a life-long deal.

Transportable Living Spaces

Watch the first segment of the Future of PR Series, ‘Constant Evolution’, to learn how Golin Harris has intentionally PRevolved to ensure they always stay ahead of the curve.

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