WHERE WE WILL LIVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Housing in 21st century is a real problem. The main problem is that of environmental pollution. There is global recognition that our lifestyles are storing up potential environmental disaster. Pollution from cars means that we should not be building houses, which require people to drive for long distance. We have to build houses at higher densities in larger communities, which can support local public transport, shops and school. New houses should be built within existing settlements to reduce commuting. We must develop model for sustainable urban neighbourhoods, which will be attractive to new families as today’s suburbs. We should also be thermally efficient homes. New homes can become greener at minimal cost of building CFCS, reducing water consumption, providing facilities of waste recycling, avoiding harmful materials and ensuring effective ventilation. Second set of needs is demographic and social. New houses tend to be built with a traditional two-parent, two-child family in mind. 21st century housing should not only be popular, but also meet the changing needs of society.