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Bricks, Bits, and Atoms

The digitization of our world has deep implications for the housing industry. What happens when our stuff disappears, when our media is in the cloud, when our food is delivered on demand, when our cars are summoned by the press of a touchscreen? How much space will we need? With less stuff and space, will we have a different cultural connection to our homes? How will the housing industry shift?

Why There is No Apple or Tesla of Housing (Yet)

The housing industry is in the middle of a prolonged crisis. There is massive, pent-up demand for more housing. Housing shortages have stretched current inventory to the max, driving prices up, particularly in cities.

What the iPhone Can Teach Us about Home Design

It is said the best things come in small packages. While true of many things, this axiom seems lost on the way we design our homes.

Want Better, More Efficient Spaces? Look to Behavior, Not Convention

In 2014, a group of UCLA researchers published a book called “Life at Home in the 21st Century: 32 Families Open Their Doors.” As the title suggests, the authors went into the homes of 32 middle class, Los Angeles families.

Honey, I Shrunk (and Improved) the Single Family House

In my last post, I discussed the shrinking size of multifamily units and how that was just as reflective of a shift toward studios and one bedroom apartments as the contraction of all unit types.

Why Aren’t Two Bedroom Apartments Renting?

Last year, market analysts RCLCO reported that multifamily units built between 2010-2016 were 7% smaller than ones built between 2000-2009. One might assume the decrease was, at least in part, the result of an ongoing trend of renting over ownership.

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Home to companies such as Herman Miller, Steelcase, and Haworth, Western Michigan is the epicenter of America’s furniture industry. A massive fabrication infrastructure, coupled with an explosion of advanced-industry jobs in the area, make few American cities more ripe for global design innovation than URBANEER’s base in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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