New generations ask for new solutions.
Understand the needs arising from demographic change.
Since the ancient civilizations started to build cities, urban landscapes evolved parallel to the gender roles, associating public spaces with men, and the private sphere with women. However, in the late 20th century, as the global urban population continued to boom, spatial researchers began to emphasize the importance of a gender-sensitive approach to urban planning.
With internet access reaching the farthest corners of the world, a new kind of industrial revolution is reforming the work as we know it. As of 2019, more than 26 million workers in the United States alone - comprising 16 percent of the overall workforce - telecommuted to their jobs.
Thanks to a growing body of research about the link between smart hospital design and excellent medical outcomes, interiors of healthcare facilities are no longer an afterthought. For the reasons highlighted below, the impact of doors and entrance systems on the day-to-day life in hospitals and public health is immeasurable.
Even though architecture's development depends on the turns of the global economy, the way people build houses never fails to reflect the demographic shifts, top concerns, and aspirations. Following rapid urbanization, peaking environmental concerns, and the cultural shift brought by the generational changes, the architecture trends we expect to see in 2020 are no exception.
For businesses to truly succeed, they must invest in sustainable development and for the Sustainable Development Goals to succeed, business will be the lynchpin of success
Humanity is facing a myriad of exceptional problems. Climate scientists, demographers, and development economists have long alerted the world about them: With the rising temperatures already affecting vulnerable communities, climate change is the single biggest challenge threat to sustainable development.
The rise of remote work, also known as telecommuting, is unstoppable and inevitable. In the United States alone, the number of remote workers skyrocketed by 159 percent between 2005 and 2017. In the meantime, by now, millennials are the largest working group in many parts of the world.
The rain cascades through the oculus in the middle of a giant dorm. People walk up a spiraling forest, which's trees keep changing colors with undulating lights. Among the living plants like palms, fig-trees, orchids, and anthurium, a robot glides on the floor to regulate the traffic. This scene isn't from a science fiction movie, but a regular occurrence at Singapore's Changi Airport.
In the last decades, the world of work went through dramatic changes. Remote working, digital communication, and flexible hours make for an unprecedented modern workplace. At first blush, these developments might seem like they're making office buildings irrelevant.
Tech-powered Tokyo is already the world's most innovative city. However, as the city is diving even deeper into upgrading its tech game in preparation for the Tokyo 2020, the Japanese capital may soon be even more futuristic.
Contrary to popular belief, ATMs are not going the way of the dinosaurs–at least, not anytime soon. They remain extremely popular: Over $400,000 in cash withdrawals are made every second from 3.2 million ATMs around the world—that's 17 percent of global GDP.
The future of work is flexible: A third of the workforce in the US is now freelance. Many companies, including larger ones, are opening their doors to an alternative workforce composed of contractors, freelancers, gig workers, and crowd workers because of their ability to enhance organizational performance.