To ease home ownership acquisition and stability in light of increasing lifestyle and situational volatility, we have to address a number of key factors. Simply put: 1) individuals move around a lot 2) what they need changes 3) housing is expensive 4) law enforcement tracking through DMV registry is not adequate. My idea is to have a metal container home as a "core" that stays with an individual, and can be docked into the appropriate location and configuration as the person's life changes. The container that they get is split between a bedroom and kitchen. When they move, they pull their TV, furniture from the living room, into their individual pod for transport. That means moving closer to work, or docking into a larger space when they have kids or co-docking with a partner. The pods themselves are tracked through blockchain technology and form a ledger much more accurately and cheaply than the DMV's.
Affordability can't possibly beat metal container concepts. The limiting factor is the docking options. Garden and garage suites can integrate with this system as long as there is standardised utility and living space orientation, however much larger apartment sized options can be integrated and follow some aspects of the co-op initiatives. From what I studied the limiting factor of the co-op model has been poisonous individuals in common areas (especially shared mealtime/kitchen areas) and lack of maintenance on the complex (especially building envelope water damage, mold or bed bugs). The metal container housing is superior to stick frame with regard to sound, moisture and fire rating, but not concrete. However concrete is prohibitively expensive and not conducive to moving.
At the heart of this technology is not the building itself but the peer to peer technology. It incorporates the way the next generation wants access rather than ownership. They are much more comfortable with Uber, AirBnB style models that are reached through a smart phone. At the moment the most famous blockchain technology in the news is cryptocurrency, however the blockchain tech itself can be applied much better as a public ledger (as it's slow, but conducive to peer to peer verification). Factoring in a Byzantine fault tolerance, and automated AI geospacial tracking, you can also automate the disassembly, move, hook-up, and blockchain location update.
There is an enormous secondary advantage. The technology fits into the much bigger and ambitious piece of the puzzle.. we need a consensus driven geospacial timestamp system to standardise proof of location for smart contracts, IOT devices, supply chains and just as importantly intersection safety for distracted pedestrians vs self driving cars that will need to be located as virtual objects in physical space. If I could jump up and down with excitement I would say look here look here!! It's the unrealised potential of de-centralized blockchain technology and it fits like a glove into our future technium evolution. We're the right city to tackle adversity, with the right educated work force... and the right population to tolerate change.
Thank you for taking your time to read this. Now getting my head out of the dreamer's clouds where I wish I could stay and back to my job selling homes. Have a great day!