"Semi-Sharing" by Supawich Somboonsub


Sleepless night, the future ahead is restless, especially when it comes to metropolis. The technology is processing rapidly as the humanity lives on, and that very technology will be able to connect people around the globe. One could say that the differences between day and night time become less important. Our daily routine has significantly changed throughout the past centuries since the night shift career choices were introduced in a large number of professions, and it has indeed increased overtime. Twenty-four seven service is emerging in almost every aspect of life, convenient store, public transportation, customer services, etc.  While one is sleeping, another is fully awake running the operation simultaneously without letting the city and industry stay quiet. This advance in technology and working habit has caused a major impact to most of people, the night shift workers. Just like the double edged sword, there is nothing ever white or ever black: while one maintains the same life cycle, another must change to serve the concept of twenty-four seven. Physical health and mental health are both greatly affected by shifting the day and night. Socially, one has less opportunity to interact with another group of people, family or friends. That is where technology comes in handy; it cannot fulfill the lack of physical contact which will eventually makes people become socially isolated. Earning more money is one aspect that night shift could overcome day shift due to those downsides it has, therefore, the night shift employee can be categorized into two which are “the one who is willing to do” and “the one who has no other choice”. In the future ahead, to make the city to be able to accommodate the rapid increase of population, and enhance the quality of life of night shift person, the idea of semi-sharing has introduced. Not only career that has shift time, but also living space. The price of the accommodation could be reduced by half. It also saves the space, and also, it is a chance to physically contact to others.

Life style of people working at night is completely different, since day time becomes resting time. The habitat must be able to cope with light condition and heat which are needed to be controlled for the best recovery time of the inhabitant from the “restless outside world”. Energy used needs to be minimized by optimizing the use of natural day light and heat efficiently as the world is short for supply. Not only that, as the demand of the space is increasing, in contrary, the supply is dropping as the space is slowly being used and consume. The space may need to be compromised between night shift tenant and day shift tenant. In the future, the space is needed to be shared with other tenant with the different time of use, and they do not even need to see their “roommate”. “Roommate” is not exactly the right word to apply here since the tenants will not really live together due to the working time they have. It is the same concept as night shift and day shift, the space is occupied twenty-four seven by two sets of tenant who occupy the habitat to maximize the use of space and perhaps, this idea may encourage to draw them out of the habitat to the public place to experience the “real” world, not the “screen” world.

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