Hiroaki Shindo

MDE

Re-Locator

Advised by Martin Bechtold (GSD) and Julia Lee (SEAS)

COVID-19 has accelerated the trend of remote working. Before the pandemic, it was tough to imagine that so many large traditional companies would implement it. The movement made urban people think twice about whether they would be happier relocating to a smaller city with rich nature or working arduously to pay for their expensive urban life.

However, most people face difficulties when they start thinking about relocating—for example, the rent, climate, convenience, access to the station, etc. The situation gets truly complicated when they have families that they need to move together. Now the family needs to adjust the preferences of each other and the proximity to school and office.

Furthermore, it is uncertain for most workers whether their company will preserve a remote working policy. If they moved to a faraway place from the office, their commute would be painful once their employer changed the policy. But it would be a lost opportunity if they live too close to the office when the policy is extended.

Re-Locator reduces this painful uncertainty of the remote workers who are considering relocating from urban cities. It will suggest places to relocate based on the preferences of their household members. The suggestions also include the commuting cost projections based on the different scenarios of remote working frequency. Cooperating with the local government, which is eager to entice younger generations to come to their town, it will also allow the user to gain more information and support for their relocation.

Re-locator. Image: A white line illustration of a city next to mountains and trees with clouds on a blue sky background and pale grey foreground.