Designing the most sought-after experiences for people in built environments increasingly means integrating digital experiences into our physical spaces. The more tech-savvy people become, the more they will expect the places they visit to accommodate their connected needs. And as work becomes more hybrid and our workplaces evolve, companies will need thoughtful digital design to mix virtual and in-person experiences.
Customers love personalized experiences, but they have grown more wary of how their personal data can be misused, and this trend will only continue. Businesses should continue to emphasize data security, while drafting clearer policies for how customers’ personal information is collected, protected, and applied in their interactions.
As offices reopen, it will be common for employees to commute irregularly and at off-hours. Commuters will also rely more on transit apps to provide real-time information on schedules, traffic, and transportation availability. Cities and developers will need to leverage such digital solutions as they reimagine the commute experience and plan for future innovations in travel-related technology.
As employees routinely split time between home and the office, companies are prioritizing mobility in their workspace designs. Mobile integration is becoming part of the digital master planning process rather than retrofitting layouts after the fact. The result is a more agile work environment and a more seamless experience for employees.
Companies are no longer focused on single-point workplace technology, like hot desking or conference room booking systems. Instead, they’re adopting more holistic tech ecosystems to unify employees under a common connected experience. This trend will continue to grow as businesses become more departmentally and geographically diverse.
The AT&T headquarters lobby creates an immersive visual and audio experience for employees and the public. Serving as a gateway to the AT&T Discovery District, the 20,000-square-foot lobby, visible through a 30-foot glass façade with custom-created content on display, dissolves the boundary between architecture and media — unifying the campus.
“While having a digital touchpoint might help retailers meet minimum consumer expectations, they should look for additional capabilities to differentiate themselves as customer acquisition costs rise.”
—Deloitte, “2021 Retail Industry Outlook”