We don’t need megacities; we need an “Internet of Spaces”
Possibility spaces instead of living spaces
Tiny houses are no alternative to housing. But here comes another truth: conventional home building is not a solution either. At least not when it comes to creating affordable living space. And even if a tiny house is not suitable as a housing replacement, it still does a good job as an alternative to a parking car. In Berlin alone, the authorities manage more than 100,000 parking spaces. We could move from parking space management to hosting people. It’s time for the authorities to turn parking space for car companies into living space for neighbors.
Once individual transport has been banned from the city center, a lot of space will become available. Urban planners like Jan Gehl have long known that bicycles should have priority over cars. And people priority over bicycles.
„What would such a world look like? A city in which there are no more inhabitants, only neighbors.“
With Tiny House Villages, a new variety of urban development, one even beyond the fascination with the minimalist lifestyle, becomes possible. This is flexible urban development. Neighborhoods and small quarters emerge without the need to build land, without expensive and laborious master plans, without hollow so-called citizen participation. One parking space is enough.
Siemens and other industrialists once built residential neighborhoods for their workers. Tomorrow’s corporations could make Tiny House Villages possible. They would be scattered all over the world. There is only one rule: no tiny house may be used for purely private purposes. It must offer something to the public. Only those who “neighborize” are allowed to use the public space. What would such a world look like? A city in which there are no more residents, only neighbors.