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Habitat 2040: Basic income forming future living
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå School of Architecture.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Many future scenarios we hear about today are not progressive enough. We have stopedquestioning and striving for another, a better future than the one we are heading towards.The way we live today is not sustainable, we are dealing with a shrinking job market,growing wealth gaps, climate change and overconsumption. We are at a time right nowwhere our surrounding develops at a fast pace and it is up to us to form the future the waywe want to. I am proposing a speculation for what a possible utopia will look like in 2040,based on the book Utopia for realists and how we can get there by Rutger Bregman.I. Money for free - We need a new system that insures everyone a roof over their headsand food on their tables. Elon musk, President Nixon, Martin Luther King and manyother famous people believe in a system of an universal basic income. Today about onebillion of the world population live under the poverty line, this needs to change. Therehave been multiple studies done to prove the benefits of a Universal basic income andits been shown to be an effective way to end poverty. By having a basic income citizensdon’t have to live paycheck to paycheck and they will also have the possibility to workwith things they actually enjoy.II. 15 hour work week -The rise of automatization and artificial intelligence will change thejob market and together with a basic income humans can go from a 40+ hour workweek to a 15 hour work week. The time we gain can be spent on volunteering, leisureand on entrepreneurship. We will live in a time were everyone does the things they enjoyinstead spending their days chasing a wage to be able to survive.III. Rather pay for services than products - Our societies will go from a focus onmaterialistic items to a service driven society. With the upcoming of advanced 3dprinters and cheap machine labour materialistic products won’t have the same statusvalue as it has today. Ownership will therefor not be as important as it is today andshared ownership will become easier. People will rather put their money on services thatwill simplify their lives.IV. The new home - Due to the basic income and the gain of free time, the domesticsphere will change radically. Because of automatization and service consumptionHabitat 2040Basic income forming future living.Aida DavallouStudio 2humans will spend minimal amount of time on chores like cooking and cleaning, if wecook it’ll be because its fun. Our private homes will therefor only consist of the mostimportant necessities like bed and bath and instead we will have shared spaces werepeople socialize and spend most of their time. Our living situation will also be in aconstant change, making it important to create a living space that is easily adaptable toeach households needs.Sources:Bregman, Rutger. 2016. Utopia for realists: and how to get there.Great Britain, Bloomsbury publishing.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-159766OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-159766DiVA, id: diva2:1320755
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Architecture
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Architecture Program
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2019-05-22, school of architecture, östra strandgatan 30, Umeå, 14:48 (English)
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Available from: 2019-06-27 Created: 2019-06-05 Last updated: 2019-06-27Bibliographically approved

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