AN URBAN ARCHITECTURE TO FACILITATE THE SHARE ECONOMY
Our mindless consumption has become excessive consumption. As the global population grows and the world continues to urbanize, consumption on all levels—from land and resources to disposal of used items—will have a greater impact on the earth and pose an even bigger challenge than it does today.
This problem is rooted in people through our habits, social tendencies, and actions. Cultures embrace this model of commodification as a way of life; materialism today serves as an outlet for identity, social status, and a means of self-expression. In cities globally, the desires of the individual for ownership and convenience are prioritized. The ideal of homes with places for everything coupled with the desire for ownership creates a multiplicity of goods and spaces in excess that are unnecessary to fulfill the needs of everyone.
This cultivates a society with disregard for the effects of their daily choices, a planet that suffers from extraction and exploitation of limited resources by its unknowing inhabitants, and consumption at an unprecedented level.
Collective Minimalism reimagines how our built environment can foster a human inclination to maximize resources and reduce consumption through collaboration. It promotes the rising economic paradigm of collaborative consumption. An Architecture that facilitates a new commerce between people by reimagining the possibilities of the share economy and prioritizing access over ownership. Under this model, people can more efficiently use resources and reduce the need for consumption and its negative effects.
This residential skyscraper shifts the paradigm of urban housing by engaging principles of the share economy to decrease the size of individual residences through shared mobile amenities. It leverages urban density and proximity of residents with similar needs. A kinetic system of shared modules varying in size and function move around the building perimeter and connect to residences. Modules are transported along an exoskeletal track system vertically between floors and horizontally across units.
The modules have two classifications: 1.) Supply modules that provide goods to be shared, and 2.) Living modules that serve as extensions of space beyond the essential needs of an apartment.
Supply modules provide goods used for limited amounts of time or for specific occasions that would otherwise sit unused in storage units, closets, cabinets, and drawers. This includes supplies like vacuum cleaners, brooms, mops, power tools, niche kitchen supplies, recreation equipment and more. Living modules offer fully furnished extensions of apartments with spaces such as guest rooms, home offices, extra bathrooms, large dining and living spaces, fully equipped kitchens, or entertainment rooms that are increasingly typical in suburban homes. These spaces are infrequently used by typical homeowners but allow homes to scale to accommodate guests and social gatherings.
Rather than building collections of goods and spaces, we as a collective can minimize the impact of our consumptive nature through collaboration. Architecture can choose between two paths: to continue to excessively build beyond our needs where materialism and consumption reign, or a path of sharing and collective minimalism.