• Eda Ascioglu Selcuk

WHY FLOWHOME & FLOWWORK?

Updated: Jul 30

Time is the 4th dimension and can bring uncertainty. In time, households may become dynamic, the needs in-home may change, the number of inhabitants may change, an epidemic may occur, etc.



We need our homes and working spaces flexible and adaptable because;


1. Demographics are changing;

2. There's a greater need for home-offices;

3. Globalization affects how we live and work;

4. Unexpected natural disasters or pandemics may occur; such as the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.


As we know by now, lockdowns can have real consequences for the economy, as many businesses close either temporarily or permanently. This has demonstrated the importance of being able to work remotely.

  • During the pandemic, the home has become the new epicenter of production.

  • During the pandemic, offices have remained empty.

How, if at all, are we expected to return to 'normal', commuting to the office every day?

As households become more dynamic, we cannot expect existing housing designs to remain static. We offer flexible solutions with recent technological developments in mind. This allows us to foresee potential events and accommodate the user with innovative planning solutions to meet their changing needs.”

We, as humans, need to feel like we belong to a community. Individualism can often lead to isolation, even among neighbours living on the same floor of a building. Stephen Porges stresses the role of the vagus nerve in emotion regulation, social connectivity, and fear response. Porges' polyvagal theory argues that, as social creatures, we become more self-regulated the more we engage in social interaction.


A sense of community occurs when multiple individuals help and complement each other. FlowHome and FlowHome can contribute to social development by accommodating variations in the home design model. Only by providing space for multiple diverse users can a strong sense of community emerge.


Some of these users may include:

  • Women

  • Immigrants

  • Elderly people

  • Students

  • Indigenous peoples

  • Homeless people

  • Multi-generational families


Ultimately, the FlowHome and FlowWork system allows us freedom in:

  • Pre-planning

  • Designing

  • Estimation

  • Construction

  • Interdisciplinary communication (between the architectural, mechanical, electrical, and structural elements of the project)

  • Maintenance

  • Flexibility during pre-occupancy and occupation

  • Adaptability of design

  • Budgeting, reducing moving and renovation expenses.

  • Ensuring sustainability

  • Defining ‘a real community’, in which all user types are dynamically communicating


WHAT WE OFFER

A real community of flexible units which can meet our users’ potential needs in time. We are also passionate about sustainability, recognizing that ‘A sustainable building is not one that must last forever, but one that can easily adapt to change.’ FlowHome and FlowWork support change and reuse, which will foster a sense of community and dynamism. Strategic planning from the very beginning also allows us to foresee the advantages of different design options.