Insights · February 16th, 2009

Archi-Tech Magazine has a nice feature on “Future Tech” in our buildings and homes and neighborhoods, based on some interviews with futurists, including me.

ARCHI-TECH asked several futurists and forward-thinking designers to tell us which technologies and trends are most likely to have a significant effect on the building industry in the future, both short and long term.

What did we see on the horizon?

Smaller is better – look for home size (finally) to begin to shrink for many reasons
Prefab is fab – manufacturing becomes the norm and architecture becomes flexible
Nano is now – including nano-concrete
Green grows – like organic light emitting diodes
And keeps growing – like “living systems” closed-loop water strategies
Walking into the future – placing homes within walkable communities

Good short read.

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Innovation Science & Tech
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Nikolas Badminton

Nikolas is the Chief Futurist of the Futurist Think Tank. He is world-renowned futurist speaker, a Fellow of The RSA, and has worked with over 300 of the world’s most impactful companies to establish strategic foresight capabilities, identify trends shaping our world, help anticipate unforeseen risks, and design equitable futures for all. In his new book – ‘Facing Our Futures’ – he challenges short-term thinking and provides executives and organizations with the foundations for futures design and the tools to ignite curiosity, create a framework for futures exploration, and shift their mindset from what is to WHAT IF…

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