From the viewpoint of architecture, I see a huge potential for inhabitants to get involved in this open data collecting platform. It is not only about controlling your smart house, but also concerning about your actual needs during months and years. These huge packages of data will be a perfect resource for investors, developers, urban planners and architects.
Imagine in the next ten year, before moving in a new flat or investigating other flats in the market, you can give your living data to the network, decide how big is your flat and which value is on the high priority list. Why you don't get a YIT account in our network? Then you can contribute to the whole process from today, not a far future.
I find a good reference about "Data driven architecture" from Zach Soflin:
The concept about data-driven design has been discussed more frequently these years. We are living in the web 2.0 era when everyday there is a huge flow of data available in the network.
The new landscape of computing and the so-called “web 2.0” era make it possible to measure all kinds of changing circumstances. We can aggregate data about the energy performance of whole networks of buildings, and this information can inform what we design now. We can better understand dynamic components like traffic, parking use, and water management. But we can also experiment by changing the relationship of zoning rules about retail store size to encourage local retailers. The ability to measure multiple things at once means that the same tools that we use to design can be used to evaluate, and ultimately to prescribe new regulations that foster better cities.
Data Driven Architecture
THE TOWER:Residential towers seem to grow anywhere and everywhere in an urban context. Stacked floors with similar floor plans for every unit. But what if you could layout your own unit? What if you paid for exactly what you wanted and nothing else?
Zach Soflin - Data Driven Architecture
The second portion of the app is a visual layout of a typical unit (either corner or standard depending on which you prefer). Here the user begins to program their unit by placing living rooms, dining rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, patio space, etc. and choosing their sizes. As stated before users begin with 6 modules (5 open ones and 1 unchanging utility module). They can then move outward depending on how much space they need. While all of these design decisions are being made in the app, the program is keeping a running total of cost which is assigned to all aspects of this process. For example, if a user wants to move outward 4 modules they can, but the further they move out, the more expensive each square foot becomes. This is to cover the additional cost for structure that is a result of the cantilever. The running total is always in view of the user so they can keep tabs on their cost and make sure they are staying within their budget.
Fusing these two frameworks delivers a unique building tightly and directly connected to its context and to its users. This program can take any given location and data from users and lay out a unique form based directly on its context and its users in a matter of minutes. Therefore this same system could be applied with minimal effort anywhere in the world and produce a unique contextual product.
What makes a building smarter?
No building is an island
A smarter building doesn’t stop at the four walls that surround it. It’s important to consider how a building can interact with and be affected by its surroundings—its externalities.
IBM Smarter City