In the face of rapid population growth, demographic shifts, climate change and resource limits, cities across the world are struggling to deliver housing. And on top of this, these urban areas are growing. The UK population is now 83% city-based and will be over 90% by 2030. Globally, 55% of the world’s population is urban and that will rise to nearly 70% by 2050.
This growing population is also ageing, and if our health services are to cope, older people need to live healthier, more independent lives for longer. The suitable housing, and the right kind of support systems are essential for independent living as we age. And right now, we are poorly prepared for this.
Not only do we need to build more homes faster, but we also need to:
- Make them more energy efficient
- Make them more resilient to climate change
- Develop adaptability for changing use and an ageing population
- Enshrine the ideal of affordability for the end user
- Refurbish older properties to meet future needs quickly and efficiently
- Improve the safety, comfort and convenience of home living
- Explore new sources of funding to support house building
- Facilitate property management and community engagement
- Empower buyers and renters to find new homes more efficiently
You can find out more about the importance of these nine pillars by visiting our Housing Innovation map.
Daunting? For sure. Achievable? We think so. Where the technology isn’t already available, it’s certainly both conceivable and deliverable. We – the industry – just need to put our heads together and start making it.
Stay up to date with our work on in this area by visiting our Future of Housing hub where you’ll be able to find the latest reports, blogs and statements from the team here.
Are you interested in sharing your insights in this area? If you’d like to let us know about some of the projects you’re working on in this space, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.