Construct the Future will bring together interdisciplinary practitioners from around the world, including established and emerging artists and architects who have something to contribute to the ongoing discourse around alternative living. Exhibited work includes: a wearable refugee shelter; a sustainable living tower inhabited with edible plants and fish; a digitised 3D model that envisions new spatial possibilities; an interactive musical installation for the London Underground; as well as zines, poems, essays, films and illustrations. There will also be a noticeboard with details of collectives and organisations that deal with some of the issues surrounding affordable housing in the UK.
Exhibitors for Construct the Future were selected from an open call for submissions that fitted around the themes of accessibility, community and technology. The open call asked how can we innovate to provide accessible housing, how can we build structures that support community life without dictating it and how can technology support people to co-create their environments. Native will be offering three awards for exhibitors that strongly capture the three core living principles and themes. The winners will be announced on the Friday of the exhibition, 8th April.
Native is a new affordable housing company that wants to bring genuine alternatives and access to new ways of living to people. The business will be launching in summer 2016 with a new shared ownership product. Promising a more streamlined and efficient technology-enabled form of shared ownership, Native plans to bring shared ownership into the mainstream, providing a new alternative to a generation who are locked out of the housing market. The company is working towards constructing innovative new affordable homes and the Construct the Future exhibition is a step towards that vision