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When you hear this phrase, what does it evoke? Images of ruby slippers clicking together alongside a desire for the love, comfort and familiarity of home.

It’s an iconic phrase famed from the 1930s film The Wizard of Oz, an adage that lives hand-in-glove with the saying – home is where the heart is.

But let’s go Back to the Future for a moment. Let’s look to 2030. What will the ideal home look like? What will it be built of? What will the design look like? What’s going to be meaningful? How will community spirit and neighbourhoods be protected?

What will matter to tomorrow’s generations, as the importance of sustainability and protecting the planet’s raw materials matter ever more?

Food, water, green roofs, solar panels, sustainability, community, connections, family, families living longer together, homes where people thrive not survive – these the top notes of a design charratte held at the HOMES UK 19 event last Thursday.

The sprint sharpened minds and encouraged collaboration as part of the newly launched Design a Home of 2030 challenge – for young people aged 11-25 – to define the blueprint of the home of the future.

The challenge, created by TV architect George Clarke’s education charity the Ministry of Building Innovation and Education (MOBIE), is asking young people to let their imaginations run free by designing an innovative and inspirational green home that meets the changing needs of future generations, including promoting wellbeing, quality of life and healthy ageing.

Creativity and collaboration shone through in the design charratte at London’s ExCel, three hours of power planning from young minds that specified that the home of the future would have ‘Ease, harmony and joy’ as core characteristics.

The building blocks would also include resilient, mixed communities where natural resources are utilised and where a self-building and self-sustaining ethos is nurtured in turn. The Home of 2030 is a place where communities are thriving not surviving said the students who took part.

Woodlands, biodiversity and play spaces alongside places of worship, youth clubs, dentists, doctors and vets made up the neighbourhoods of 2030 according to the young design cohort.

The challenge is open to young people aged 11 to 25, including those in Further and Higher Education. It runs until 28 February 2020. Regional heats will take place in March and a National Final in April or May 2020. The winners and runners up in two age categories – 11-17 and 18-25 – will receive a cash donation towards school or college design equipment.

I’ll leave the last words in this blog to George…

“The home of the future will be lived in by today’s young people. We are asking young people to design their home of the future – a sustainable, adaptable, green home that promotes wellbeing, quality of life and healthy ageing. I know from past experience the amazing design talent and imagination that young people have. I cannot wait to see the incredible and inspirational, future thinking designs they come up with.”