Modern China is a place of continuously shifting socioeconomics. By 2020, more than 60% of the population will reside in urban areas – a dramatic increase from the 26% of 1990. This massive urbanization and densification puts tremendous pressure on both cities and citizens to adapt quickly. Soon the majority of people in China will live in mid- or high-rise residential towers, whose standardized layouts will become increasingly unaccommodating for the new nuclear family unit, digital nomad, or co-living / co-working community. Emerging technologies, too, continue to change the way we live, work, and move. The rise of the internet of things has decentralized commerce, business, education, and entertainment. However, the building sector remains largely stagnant. Smart home technology has yet been limited to the appliance industry; voice-controlled household electronics add convenience to an otherwise unchanged lifestyle and architecture. How might technology respond to individual needs across living spaces? How could it unlock new, healthier, more efficient spaces, and affect a similarly ideal urban fabric?
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