airbnb samara

The potential of Samara is exciting.

Joe Gebbia:

We began with a simple question: what does a home that is designed and built for sharing actually look and feel like? The answer is not simple at all. Other questions quickly emerged. Can a home respond to the needs of many inhabitants over a long period of time? Can it support and reflect the tremendous diversity of human experience?

These are questions I’ve been living and exploring for almost half a decade. I’ve been working on designing for the opportunities and challenges of sharing space, observing what works and what doesn’t over the years. I’m curious to learn more about Samara. I’m curious about how they’ll go about IRL interaction design — with understanding of social dynamics and interactions in shared spaces. A role I see being valuable in this group is to:

  • lead home interaction design: build on insights into intentional community living — research the social make-up in different coliving environments; research the physical, spacial design choices, and their effects on social interactions and evolving dynamics

  • feed back to the product team insights from this research to make design choices that encourage a sense of home and ease, serendipity of learning and collaboration, mutual care — developing sustainable communities, as well as sustainable spaces

  • use learnings from designing spaces in shared homes, bring understandings of the influence of different aesthetics to encourage certain behaviours and prompt specific interactions, and the effect of this on the way social dynamics and inter-community relationships develop

  • prime for the success of Backyard — while the physical spaces are being designed, before construction even begins, have a presence on the ground for ethnographic research; architect culture through hosting events, establishing interaction style, support the development of shared values and purpose with the communities that will use these spaces