At the British Pavillion's “Home Economics” exhibition at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale, five installations are stealing the minds and hearts of young urbanites.
'Months,' one of the five installations, provides a similar living arrangement as the boarding house-model, where immigrants or young workers could find a cheap place to sleep while sharing various services like dinner and washing. The model was quickly replaced after World War II, but now, it could be coming back.
Other models are called 'Hours," "Days," "Years," and "Decades." By examining living habits in order of time, the exhibit is calling for a rebirth to transient natures - the opposite of the 'American Dream' where people buy only one or two houses in their lifetime.
However, some architects hope these exhibits aren't seen as a get-rich-quick scheme where landlords can charge astronomical rent for smaller spaces. Pier Vittorio Aureli, a partner at Dogma, the Brussels architecture firm behind the installation, argues this sharing economy has become a model for people to monetize everything.