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5 Design Trends Shaping Future Architecture

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017 at 3:25pm Engel & Völkers Vancouver

At the turn of the 20th Century, a selection of postcards were published showing what people thought cities would look like in 2000. Giant glass roofs would stretch over our metropoles and entire rows of houses would be transported by train, according to the imaginations of our predecessors. As we similarly attempt to predict what future architecture has in store for us, what is it that we see? Here are a few of the already emerging trends surrounding urban design that might offer us a few clues.


With a growing population and rumblings of climate change, sustainable design is one of the most important challenges faced by future architecture firms. Architects and engineers are already doing their part to reduce waste, maximize building efficiency and incorporate recyclables materials into their structures. Excellent examples of this adaptive architectural design can be seen at the Kleindienst Group's 'The Floating Seahorse' residential project in Dubai.

Vertical Design

many experts predict that the cities of the future will be build upward rather than outwards, to cope with a growing world population. When spaces comes at a premium, vertical living could be the answer. the growth of vertical agriculture would allow crops to grow with less impact on the environment. Cleaner and greener cities could be build from the ground up, just like Ole Scheeren's vertical village in Singapore.

Connected Spaces

Our living space will become increasingly intuitive, using smart design to redefine how we like, work and play. This includes smart homes that can adjust temperature, lighting automatically according to your personal preferences.

New Uses of Old Materials

A contemporary push for architects to rethink how they use traditional materials, as seen in C.F. Moller's skyscrapers crafted from wood. In addition to new ways of using timber, we may also see future applications of ancient architectural methods and materials like rammed earth together with new smart technologies.

Virtual Reality

Architects are beginning to use this technology to plan and show their new concepts more vividly than ever before. Clients are able to walk through virtual projects in real time and visualize the structure long before a single stone is laid.

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