Meta Trends That Will Transform the Future of Cities
In the face of tremendous global financial volatility, Gensler continues to lead the way toward a brighter future with a deep well of research and experience. As our clients embrace strategies that can position their real estate portfolios for long-term success, we’re creating the roadmap for how the built environment can turn crisis into opportunity and emerge stronger than it was before. In this year’s Design Forecast, we rolled up all the insights and advice from each of our 29 practice areas into these 10 meta trends and design strategies that are transforming our industry.
The absence of experience we faced during the pandemic continues to remind people how valuable human interaction is and how critical our spaces are in enriching our lives.
By prioritizing design strategies that emphasize people’s needs and expectations, we can reclaim the human experience in the places where we live, work, and play.
The future of cities is being defined by their ability to reenergize the connection between live and work.
The most vibrant cities of the future will be the ones that use design to successfully address the interconnected live-work issues of thriving workplaces, attainable housing, and safe and accessible transportation.
Stranded assets are creating development opportunities that can regenerate cities and transform outdated office buildings into thriving residential living.
Rising interest rates and inflation are creating a larger opening for multifamily development that could finally address the global shortage of attainable housing.
As we redesign urban communities and central business districts, attainable housing becomes a key feature of the type of live-work, mixed-use neighborhoods that will redefine the future of cities.
Decarbonization of the built environment continues to be the imperative of our time.
As ESG and carbon disclosure mandates catalyze transformation in the building industry, we will see more investments in sustainable design and construction strategies that sequester carbon in buildings and document the design details of a building’s environmental and social impact.
The mobility shift continues, paving the way for more live-work cities and vibrant urban communities.
The shift to new forms of electric and autonomous vehicles and public transportation will allow cities to redesign underused urban districts into mixed-use live-work communities.
The demand for buildings and urban districts that have a higher purpose with a positive social impact will continue to drive design decisions.
PropTech and smart building technology will redefine the experience of place.
Sensors, IoT, and other smart property technologies and apps can create far more curated experiences for tenants, while providing developers the data and insights they need to design better spaces.
Flight to Quality
Office tenants continue their flight to quality.
Tenants will continue their flight to quality — and their flight to experience — giving a competitive advantage to Class A spaces in prime locations with the right mix of high-quality amenities in and around the building.
Office as a Destination
The transformation of the workplace continues with offices that are compelling destinations with a diverse collection of spaces and experiences.
The office has an important role to play in the future of work, but only if we curate experiences and design compelling destinations for employees that include a mix of spaces that make it easy for individuals and teams to focus and connect.