Britain’s housing crisis could be solved if residents could be persuaded to live in 'virtual homes' according to The Royal Institute of British Architects Future Homes Commission (FHC). "We all know there aren't enough homes for everyone and we have to think outside the box to tackle this crisis", said FHC spokesman, Philip Martin.
"When we examined the issue in more detail and thought about it creatively, we realised the computing world may have the answer. As computer users needed more and more storage capacity, hard drives grew bigger and bigger. That's like the situation with housing today - the constant clamour for more and more housing. However, in computing, they now use 'cloud capacity' to solve storage issues which means there is no longer the need for bigger drives on domestic computers. We propose the housing crisis could be solved by encouraging those on housing lists to apply for 'Cloud Housing' - a limitless virtual space that eliminates the need to build our way out of this mess."
The FHC report concludes that the Government urgently issues licenses to developers to construct the first generation of 'Cloud Housing' with a competition to select where the main servers would be located. The multi billion pound licenses will provide much needed income to the Exchequer and help to fund property schemes for people who don't want the virtual home option.
Pilot studies show over 70% of people on housing lists would opt for a virtual home, with 25% preferring the traditional model and the remainder content to use their local bus shelter. "I think a virtual home beats an actual home," said Brighton home seeker Jack Grant, "Because the only costs are electricity and the domain host charges."
Housing Minister, Michael Roberts welcomed the innovative proposals, saying "We have to break the cycle of too many people chasing too few homes. A virtual home will do that. I will apply for three virtual homes myself and rent them out so I can take full advantage of our Parliamentary expenses system."
However, Ronstadt Vermillion, a long time Second Life resident in Cloud City was less enthusiastic, "We don't need more immigrants taking our virtual jobs and spoiling our lovely virtual city. I'm going to start a virtual petition to campaign against them coming here."