The Tiny House movement might seem like the future, but Richard Reep with New Geography argues that real innovation lies with solid-state housing. Solid-state housing is just what it sounds like, a house with no moving parts, that works well the style of Tiny Homes:
For example, water-carrying pipes currently are rigid PVC or copper because it is cheaper for long distance. In a small house, where water needs to be carried for shorter distances, more flexible hoses can be used, eliminating pipe joints. In the future small house these may be baked into the wall, much like holes in bread, eliminating a second material from the mix.
Air conditioning may be under the floor or in the walls, operating through microtubules that work like sweat glands in reverse, constantly removing moisture from the air and channeling it into a system that cools air, creating a transpiration cycle that will allow the small house's microclimate to function in the same way as the space under a tree canopy. LEED, the green certification rating system, requires a hermetically sealed space to minimize energy. But this new system will work best when the windows are open. Reconnecting with nature will be a pleasant byproduct of the solid-state house.
Reep also posits that at some point in the future, even appliances like dishwashers and washers and driers will be solid-state, but that in the first iterations of the solid-state houses, there will be a room specifically for older appliances with moving parts. Check out the full article over at New Geography and decide if the future really does lie with solid-state housing.