Interview: A look into the future of Sleep and Design

Looking back to my first blog post I forecasted a future scenario of Sydney 2050 as an always active metropolis 24hrs a day and 7 days a week, where the idea of night and day is combined, stimulating the essence of time. As a design team, CadNapper innovated a speculative object; sleeping pods. The idea initiated to accommodate for this 24hr world and newly adapted polyphasic sleep cycles. By placing the interactive sleeping pods throughout the city, allows anyone to sleep at any time.

 

I decided to focus my interview on this topic with Kimberley, an Architect, as the participant. He has been chosen for this interview due to his extensive knowledge and understanding within the design sphere. As a whole, I wanted to get his opinion on our speculative object and find out whether he thought it would work in our imagined scenario, Sydney 2050.

 

Firstly I pitched our future scenario to Kim and he was quite taken back by the idea of a 24hr metropolis. But as I continued to explain my research undertaken in my first blog post; 24hr cities in contemporary society as well as the influence of technology, he began to see the possibilities. Whilst he agreed that people are becoming more stimulated due to technology, I introduced the idea of polyphasic sleep cycles. He found it hard to comprehend the idea of napping for 20 minutes throughout the day. “As a human, sleep is fundamental to your health and wellbeing. Sleeping as we do now (6-8hrs during the night) is the only way I see that its possible to achieve and balanced and healthy lifestyle,” he said. Kimberley indeed makes a very valid point, which allows me to anlayse the situation further. Implementing education programs and testing out this new way of life is certainly needed in the years leading up to 2050 if this scenario was ever to play out successfully. Throughout my research of polyphasic sleep cycles, I found that our ancestors adhered to biphasic sleep cycles and studies have shown that polyphasic sleep cycles are indeed more beneficial to our well-being (Practical Psychology 2016). However, there where also professors that where highly against the idea.

 

Moving on to the implementation of sleeping pods in the year 2050, I showed Kimberley pictures of our rendered CadNapper design. He thought it was well resolved and commended the interactive elements. “Technology is increasingly prevalent in today’s society and there is no doubt it will continue to expand and enhance in 2050,” he said. He also entrusted the fact that they were embedded underground due to the current exceeding population growth and lack of urban space within cities.

 

Concluding the interview, I asked what he thinks Sydney will look in the year 2050. He focused more on architectural practices and implementing eco-design, which I was highly intrigued in. His practice in sustainable design is commendable and I believe that Kimberley’s imagination of the future is rather genuine. Prominently, it seems like he has been considering the expansion conservational architectural developments. Overall, whilst his idea of the polyphasic sleep cycles where vague, his intrigue and liking to the implementation of Sleeping Pods, where abundant.

 

Reference List:

Practical Psychology 2016, Polyphasic Sleep Cycles – Uberman, Dymaxion, and Everyman Sleep Schedules, video recording, YouTube, viewed 29 August 2016, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPgUtAjfe_E>.

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