The Shape of the City: Predictions in Architecture for the Next Decade
As we begin a new year and a new decade, we invite you to check out one architect’s predictions regarding how we will design/build in the upcoming decade (is it the Tens or the Teens?) from this article in the Washington Post.
A few speculations by University of Maryland professor of architecture Roger K. Lewis we’d like to share:
States, counties and municipalities will embrace “smart-growth” principles that will mollify exurban sprawl and encourage wise urban design such as more compact, mixed-use developments.
As a result, development of rural landscapes such as farmland will appear less desirable. Instead, urban planners and developers will turn their attention towards revitalizing underutilized/obsolete industrial and commercial properties.
Architecture of all types will embrace sustainable design, whether it’s achieving the now cult-like LEED certification or simply preserving, modernizing and retrofitting existing structures.
Wishful thinking or wise assessments? As Lewis concludes: “Welcome, 2010!”