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New type of (futuristic) residential community

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Future structure of humans’ settlements

Residential specialization

We should expect that in the next decades the majority of American population will reside in relatively small communities organized by certain integrating factors, for example:

  • Professional (like in Silicon Valley) where people can work mainly out of their homes and meet regularly or as needed in meeting facilities, restaurants, etc.
  • Age related– for example, young families with small children
  • Special interests – for example, people with organic life style or certain artistic preferences.
  • Religion, culture, gender preferences, etc.

Possible typical structure of the communities

For instance, let’s consider a village populated with young families with children of approximately same age.  This type of village can start organizing via Internet; people are getting knowing one another, discuss and create the plan, searching for and inviting people with required skills like doctors, plumbers, consultants on utilizing various special equipment, purchasing, insurance, etc. to fill positions vital for the infrastructure.

The village can include between 50 to 100 homes, positioned around the community center.  The majority of residents are working out of homes with minimal commute; practically every home has built-in working module equipped for desired type of work.

The community center should include (but not limited to) the following sections:

  • Kindergarten where children will be taken care of by some of the parents.  In time, this place can be replaced by or added with school modules.  Certain parents can get appropriate education and certification to teach in school.
  • Sport complex
  • Medical center with doctors and other required personnel (possibly recruited from the residents or hired from outside).
  • Entertainment facilities

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Ideally, this community is adjacent to other, older communities with children of older age, and there is a place for the next communities with smaller children.  This “honeycomb” infrastructure can provide communication between children of different ages and is convenient for families with several children.


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Relatively small homes for young families with one child should have enough space around to expand when more children arrive, or reduced when children are leaving the house, or completely remodeled to meet new requirements or obtain new features available from new technological possibilities.

Other communities formed based on other integrating factors could have different infrastructure with the following common features:

  • Dynamic homes capable of easy transformation using standard modules
  • Working modules of various type
  • Community centers with modular design

There is more, for example:

Modules assortment

Extension modules for regular homes

Modules for community centers

Modules for small and medium size production

Temporary buildings

Technological aspects of modules’ evolution

Evolution of modules’ transport

Storage for idle modules

Hybridization of modular and conventional building construction

Evolution of modules’ design

Psychological aspects of accepting new approaches to building construction

Possible new businesses based on modular approach to building construction

That sounds very similar to what I've been thinking.  But one thing I would criticize is the idea of separating out people by age.  Old people are happy and healthier when around children and children are better off when in mixed aged classes.  Montessori schools have 3 years of kids in the same classroom, the older kids help the young kids.  When you don't do the teacher in front of the class lecturing to the class style of teaching than you don't need all the kids to be at the same level.  At the school one room can have the preschoolers, another room have k-2nd grade and so on.  So you could still have a small community that only has a few rooms full of kids.