When you think about it, you probably think of the family house, which has been around for over 200 years.
But in a new study published this week, researchers say the real estate boom has had an even bigger impact on the design of new homes in the city than you might think.
The study, conducted by the US-based nonprofit Urban Land Institute, found that the growth of homes in Los Angeles and San Francisco have affected how people think about design and architecture, and have a lasting effect on the lives of residents.
“If you think of houses as a type of urban furniture, then you’re kind of stuck with the furniture,” says Urban Land’s Andrew J. Shih, who led the study.
“But if you think that houses are just a set of features, they change how we think about what people want and what they’re going to want to buy.”
In fact, according to the study, nearly 60 percent of residents think of urban homes as “a part of the fabric of the city,” and almost one-third of those surveyed said that they have visited their own neighborhood home before.
This is an important finding, Shih says, because urban houses are often considered to be the cornerstone of modern urbanism, and they often are seen as the embodiment of the cultural and social fabric of cities.
The findings of the study will be presented Thursday at the annual meeting of the American Institute of Architects in Washington, D.C. In the meantime, the researchers hope that their findings will inspire new thinking on how we design and design buildings, and how we can better integrate and embrace new urban design approaches.
“The Sims are not the only house in town,” says Shih.
“People also want to live in a house, and it’s not always obvious how to make it feel like one.”
And, he says, new research is showing that we should embrace our inner-city roots in new ways.
“It’s important that we look at how to embrace what makes our neighborhoods unique, rather than just putting all our eggs in one basket,” Shih concludes.
“We can’t have our neighborhoods just become a destination for people who live in the suburbs.”