Is this twenty second century housebuilding?

Predictions for how technology could revolutionise housebuilding over the course of the next century have been made in a new report. The future living report was put together by scientists, academics and futurologists.

Although the process of putting brick on brick has changed relatively little over the past century, the report forecasts sci-fi style living will become reality in the next, as a result of population growth and technological development.

Here are six of the report’s predictions:

  1. Developments in 3D printing will allow us to print off houses using recyclable materials
  2. Next-generation building materials like carbon nanotubes and diamond nanothreads will help in the creation of ‘super skyscrapers’
  3. New ‘earth-scrapers’ – that tunnel down 25 storeys or more – will provide new living spaces. The report says we could also be constructing future cities underwater, with the help of revolutionary breathing apparatus
  4. Interiors of buildings could become simple backdrops, with their aesthetic being ‘designed’ and altered using augmented reality and projection mapping. Technology could turn a blank wall into a baroque dreamscape
  5. Drones could be used to move lightweight homes to new locations. The concept is being tested this year by US company Kasita
  6. We will see the emergence of growable surfaces both inside and outside the home.

A poll of 2000 adults was carried out to accompany the report, which was commissioned by tech firm SmartThings. It says the predictions people think are most likely to become a reality are super skyscrapers and underwater cities.

Space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock, who co-authored the report, said: “Over the next century we will witness further seismic shifts in the way we live and interact with our surroundings.”

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