Acknowledging that gadgets cannot by themselves craft a better world, my passion is designing things that make a difference. The act of pure creation is unmatched for me; and since my talents lie in technology, that’s my niche. Wherever and whenever craftsmanship, imagination, and technology intersect, that’s where I want to be.
My ultimate goal would be the creation of a start-up invested in future home technologies. The gap between the possible and the actual is the widest in the one place we all know something about- our homes.
Most people have heard of the ‘graying of America’ by now. A subset of the population might have encountered universal design. Despite work by a number of large firms, we still do not have a melding of the minds where our living spaces and a humanistic implementation of technology are concerned. When a new house is created, contractors do not even want to install wiring channels while the walls are open. The ‘trades’ tend to have a very fixed idea of right and wrong because they just want to pass the next inspection. We are paying the price.
Commercial interests and the stale desire to build to static codes reflect a general lack of imagination, leaving us with model homes that don’t look much like a place where you’d want to live. Is this rich ground for change? You bet. Let’s extend universal design into the twenty-first century.