People want a suburb with a downtown core that offers walkability - like our very own Clayton, U City or CWE!
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"The common denominator: People of all ages are tired of their car-centric lives and care less about square footage than finding a home in a location that’s compatible with their interests and values," says Bruce D. Snider, a building designer and architectural writer based in Belfast, Maine.
In addition, here are some other trends:
Healthier, Smarter Materials
- Well Buildings.
"'Biophilic' planning involves placing windows to showcase outdoor greenery and doors that strive for seamlessness between the great outdoors and a home’s interior."
- Less maintenance
"'Hand-built brick walls are labor-intensive but will last for centuries rather than for just one home owner,' he says. Architect Jon Handley of Pulltab in New York concurs. 'The best way to be green is to build with quality that lasts,' he says."
- Weather and energy:
"Communities on the forefront of energy and weather efficiency are setting guidelines for better waterproofing and strategically placed insulation. 'The goal is to go beyond what’s required, not use energy at all and get off the grid,' says Philadelphia developer Nino Cutrufello."
"Encouraging healthy living goes beyond including bicycle racks and gyms in multifamily buildings"
- Smarter technology:
"Managing power needs will continue to be huge as more home owners seek to stay connected 24/7. Forward-thinking techies will develop more robust wireless hubs to provide power from a central source and make it easier and less costly to control everything from one app on a smart phone..."
A Greater Sense of Belonging
- Seed to feed:
"Don't call it a garden: Edible landscaping is appearing in single-family yards and multifamily building rooftops. Lomel predicts consumer and developer interest will lead to demand for organic gardening consultants."
- Multigenerational togetherness:
"Multiple generations living together isn’t new; cultural traditions, economic pressures, and elderly and child care needs have long made such arrangements desirable for some."
- Open plans on a smaller scale:
"Open floor plans still dominate, but to differentiate smaller spaces, designer Seth Grizzle of Graypants in Seattle likes to add whimsy, reflecting the desire for customized spaces. 'People want a fun edge that makes them smile, and they'll give up space to get some uniqueness,' he says."
- Universal design:
"As the built environment evolves, how it looks will reflect a more contemporary sensibility. 'We won't look to the past. Modern design is the future,' Williamson says. 'All this amazing technology and other changes go part and parcel with much more forward-looking designs.'"