26 May What Will Design Be Like In 100 Years?
THE USE OF TECHNOLOGY WILL EXPAND.
4-D scheduling, 3-D printing, social media and mobile app computing will become standard tools of the trade for designers. We will be designing interactive spaces using touch screens that will connect internal and external networks, and can be used as digital imagery displays when they are otherwise not in use. More of the products we design and specify will incorporate smart technologies, all linked to a single controlling device, such as a smartphone or tablet.
THE SEARCH FOR EVIDENCE WILL INTENSIFY.
Evidence-based design and measurable outcomes that are linked to design will be sought across many business sectors and space types. We are familiar with the impact that evidenced-based design has made on the way healthcare spaces are designed and built, but we’re hearing the outcry for research and data from designers in other practice areas as well. They’re asking us to help them clearly document and articulate the values of interior design in a wide array of space types, such as offices, hospitality and educational spaces. This will be done through research. ASID and the ASID Foundation are embarking on new research that will help our members communicate this essential information.
LEAN PRACTICES WILL PROLIFERATE.
Product manufactures have practiced lean manufacturing for years. Now, lean design and construction are viewed as potential solutions to the problems of waste in the building process.
SERVICE DELIVERY WILL CHANGE.
A design firm’s willingness to explore alternate delivery processes, like design-build and more integrated design teams, will be seen as a market differentiator by owners who are seeking less conflict and greater efficiency in their projects.
CLIENTS WILL CONTINUE TO EMBRACE SUSTAINABILITY.
There will be a convergence of what is now considered sustainable, and socially responsible design and development. We have made great strides in the area of sustainability, but today, we are mostly designing interior products and spaces for near-term use. We ought to be encouraging clients to consider long-lasting, adaptable solutions. Recycling and repurposing help conserve resources, but these strategies are grounded in a “disposable” mindset. Designing spaces so they can be easily modified for different uses and specifying products that can be refurbished rather than recycled—think “again-ability”—is much more sustainable.