“As has been well documented, younger generations have for both economic and social reasons become accustomed to a) sharing cars, apartments when they travel,” says Vishaan Chakrabarti, a partner at SHoP Architects and a professor at Columbia University. “As a consequence, we will likely soon see the legalization of new forms of cooperative housing in which an individual may rent or own a private bedroom and bath as part of a larger complex with communal kitchens, workspaces, and recreational facilities.”
Living in smaller homes will mean seeking out new spaces to socialize and eat. However, David Rockwell, a New York-based architect notes “there’s probably a future in ‘home’ restaurants,” where people can create their own temporary dining event.
David Galullo, the CEO and principal of Rapt Studio, explains that “People are expecting similar kinds of spaces that they find at home in the workplace.” Companies are now realizing that having a lounge space where employees can meet for a few minutes with their team is no longer a b) perk—it’s a productivity necessity.
When you leave the office and walk down the block, 2) chances are you’ll see a lot more stores that aren’t normally associated with downtown living, such as Walmart. Big box retailers aren’t just for suburbs anymore. And soon, as kitchens get smarter, your refrigerator will know you’re out of yogurt and coffee, and 3) place the order for you.
Robin Guenther, a principal at Perkins Will, says health care is increasingly becoming a part of the retail landscape. She points to a new hospital storefront in New Jersey designed in the style of Apple’s Genius Bar, as well as the proliferation of walk-in health clinics. And designing for health isn’t just a hospital issue anymore, it’s universal.
ASCE president Robert Stevens believes “New technology can be things as simple as smart parking systems that tell you where to find open parking spaces, c) synchronizing traffic lights and reuse of water.”
Bike rental and vehicle sharing schemes help to minimize the number of parked and idle vehicles. Uber connects drivers and passengers more effectively. Apps like Waze improve traffic flow.