UNSense, an arch-tech startup launched by UNStudio, has announced plans to develop an adaptive neighborhood of 100 homes to explore how sustainable, smart technology can revolutionize the future of residential development. Commissioned by the Brainport Smart District Foundation, the project will be located in Brainport Smart District in the Dutch city of Helmond. The project is also part of the UNStudio masterplan for the expansion of the Brandevoort neighborhood that aims to become the “smartest neighborhood in the world.”
Having recently completed a feasibility study for the “100 Homes Project” with positive results, UNSense has officially begun building three consortia to realize the project: a building consortium for constructing the homes and infrastructure; a tech consortium for constructing the innovative urban data platform that will host services related to housing, energy, mobility and health; and a consortium for service development.
The 100 Homes Project will be a “Living Lab,” where data and technology will be assessed to see the effects of the neighborhood’s design on the well-being of residents, both socially and economically. In the spirit of Equal Exchange and data privacy, all residents will have access to and ownership of the data collected on them and can decide which data they would like to protect and which they would like to share.
“Based on our findings, it is clear that technology within the urban landscape can lead to time, energy and financial savings associated with housing, mobility, food and health,” UNSense explained. “Our goal is that by developing intelligent services that connect and adapt to the needs and consumption habits of residents, basic services will become manageable and fixed costs reduced, while (net) income will increase. As a result, more time and energy can become available for people to spend on more meaningful, pleasant and healthier activities. This will increase their sense of quality of life, well-being, happiness and health.”
Findings from the 100 Homes Project will help inform the UNStudio expansion of the Brandevoort neighborhood, a plan with 1,500 permanent and 500 temporary homes, green space and 12 hectares of business park. Brandevoort, which is located adjacent to the “real-life testing grounds” of the Brainport Smart District, has ambitions to not only become self-sufficient in food and energy production, but to also be recognized as the “smartest neighborhood in the world.”
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