A pod on stilts, mobile towers, castles and skyscrapers were some of the visions children had of housing a hundred years from now.
Yesterday, RIBA headquarters was the venue for Your House, Your Home, an event that saw families celebrate the end of half term and the start of the Home Season. Families began arriving early and by midday it was a full house with children designing and making their own homes. Young learners were charged with a brief to think about how housing will change in the future in 2112, when these young architects will be aged 107, 108, 109, 110…
The atmosphere was lively and a sense of excitement grew as the city expanded with new additions, each model was unique and reflected the imagination and tastes of the young designer. Some incorporated enduring architectural principals through the use of perfect proportions and columned porticos. Others were organic, incorporating trees into their structure or shaped like animals. More hi-tech houses had glass penthouses and lifts to the waterfront. The needs of the user were considered in-depth; one house has three connected towers, two were for the maker’s friends, and all on wheels to allow for a quick change of scenery and with space garages for their space cars.
In contrast, nearby, the exhibitions of the Home Season look at the evolution of housing and how we live today. Upstairs in the Education Room, a selection of drawings and photographs of British housing were on display just for the day. The material dated from the beginning and towards the later half of the 20th century and included Edwardian-era terraced housing, Highpoint One and the work of Ernö Goldfinger, accompanied by questions to stimulate young minds. One visitor did ask why there wasn’t more on display, but with just one room available, only a small number of the RIBA’s collections of four million architectural items could be on show!
A big thank you for all the families who came and contributed to the day with their vision of London in 2112. Thanks also to the many RIBA staff who made the event possible. London’s architecture is eclectic; the inventiveness and variety of models created yesterday indicates that this will continue into the next century. Many of the houses sported solar panels, wind turbines and other environmentally-conscious features – take it as a sign that the future is safe in the hands of the architects of tomorrow.