Architects from 2015’s most innovative companies look into their crystal balls and divine the ways the built environment will evolve.
What does the future of the architecture industry hold? We asked experts from some of the world’s most innovative companies to look into their crystal balls and divine the ways that the built environment will evolve over the next five years. Largely optimistic, these trends indicate a rosy future for the structures that surround us every day. Architects predict that these buildings won’t be as flashy, but they’ll be far more useful on an everyday basis— (the starchitect-designed roof leak is so last century). And they may be built of a material you haven’t even heard of yet.
Here are some of the ways that architects expect the field will change in the near future:
Starchitecture will dim.
Steve McConnell, managing partner at NBBJ, says architectural design is moving from paying “a lot of attention to the artifact—the physical thing—to a greater emphasis of the opportunity represented when people gather.” He describes this way of working with clients as “almost in a realm of strategic partnering with businesses.”
For instance, for the firm’s Tencent campus, where the client wanted to encourage spontaneous run-ins between employees, NBBJ mapped the pathways that would be taken throughout the building by thousands of employees, designing the building to maximize intersections between those paths.
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