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Does Airbnb produce generic interiors across the world?

United States Architecture News - Aug 9, 2016 - 12:31   14971 views

Does Airbnb produce generic interiors across the world?

Airbnb is undoubtedly a fast-growing home rental market expanding its limits on users, potential clients, designers, hosts and technology-lovers. To illustrate, Airbnb has recently built its own first home called Yoshino Cedar House in rural town Yoshino, Japan as a community house where it will be a bookable Airbnb that is maintained by the community. Proceeds earned from guests who book the listing will be used to strengthen the cultural legacy and future of the town, which has struggled as young people migrate away from rural communities.

Covered by full of wood materials, the community house was shaped after a wide range of researches on some small village houses in the town to understand the size, scale of other buildings and demands of the rural community-which serves as a test engine. Apart from that, whether it's a community-focus market or not, Airbnb is facing with racism problem proving that black guests, in general, are being rejected, because they are black, even by outwardly well-mannered hosts, mentioned in David Rabinson's article published in Medium

But, this is a never-ending story about Airbnb, in the article below, Kyle Chayka makes an incisive descriptions on how Airbnb is creating a generic, sterile but the same imageries in all places, promoting ''the same faux-artisanal aesthetic.'' 

[.....] We could call this strange geography created by technology "AirSpace." It’s the realm of coffee shops, bars, startup offices, and co-live / work spaces that share the same hallmarks everywhere you go: a profusion of symbols of comfort and quality, at least to a certain connoisseurial mindset. Minimalist furniture. Craft beer and avocado toast. Reclaimed wood. Industrial lighting. Cortados. Fast internet. The homogeneity of these spaces means that traveling between them is frictionless, a value that Silicon Valley prizes and cultural influencers like Schwarzmann take advantage of. Changing places can be as painless as reloading a website. You might not even realize you’re not where you started.....Continue Reading

Top image: Illustrated by Daniel Hertzberg

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