Urban Housing



The digital working population has embraced the autonomy of the mobile computer to gain agency and become self-employed, often working alone and benefiting from small communities and decentralised collectives. However, the traditional home was not designed to cater for a workplace and therefore rooms, but often sections of rooms, are forced to be retrofitted.

This 21st century home-working migration has been accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown that pushed 60% of the British working population to work from home. Out of those now working from home, 26% say they plan to work from home permanently or occasionally following the lifting of restrictions*, equating to over 10.6 million people across Britain. However, an inevitable wave of unemployment following removal of government job retention schemes could foreseeably add many more numbers to the home-working, self-employed population.

The focus of this thesis is privacy, both within a flexible home-working environment and in response to contemporary digital culture and data privacy in an age dominated by unregulated digital conglomerates. Included within this, social media promotes extroverted publicity and exploits waning attention spans for monetary gain.

This thesis project seeks to reclaim private space and reject extroversion. I believe there is security in privacy and in the words of Martin Heidegger “dwelling means to be at peace in a protected place”.

*Statistics from finder.com Sep 28, 2020.