The collaboration with AMO and Airbnb as part of a research agenda was engaged with the future of (physically manifested) ownership in the age of a (digitally organised) sharing culture regarding the built environment. The work resulted in a successively edited project pitch offering three sets of questions for further investigation.
1) A shared home. What does it mean to design shared homes from scratch as the main form of hospitality and residential model in contemporary cities? How can a post-hotel-city be drawn by using the example of the Hilton hotel chain which took 93 years to develop and today offers 610,000 rooms in 8 countries compared to 650,000 rooms offered through Airbnb in 192 countries by 2014? Main hotels are urban landmarks, often associated with public spaces that offer programming, event spaces and play an important role in the infrastructural development. Proposal: A study on a specific city without hotels replaced by shared homes is outlined with a design proposal for an ultimate shared home and city model. How does this change affect the image, logistics and legacy of a city?
2) Nomadic society. How is the growing amount of shared space and objects dissolving the ideal scenario of owning property and belonging into “belonging anywhere” to be considered? Proposal: An ultimate concept of sharing in daily life (hospitality, office, tools, culture, society etc.) is developed in relation to issues of privacy, time and economy.
3) Building stock. The existing model of P2P accommodation offers a way to improve living conditions and housing stock. It is an instant inventory of the built environment including its conditions, improvements and bottlenecks. How can people without the means to be an Airbnb home be engaged and how can the influx of vacancies of different building typologies in a city be registered and processed? In which way could the P2P model be adapted as a financial driver for preservation of monuments and buildings? Proposal: A complex mapping that collides available spaces, ownership, traffic and programming identifies potentials in a city while complementing a fluid financial model of hosting and renting spaces.