The future of architecture | Opinion


It has been projected by some experts that the recent pandemic may somewhat transform how we live in the future. This brings us to the question of: “What upcoming lifestyle changes might affect architecture?” While a pandemic, like other calamities, may somewhat temporarily change lifestyles, it has always remained to be seen how much they affect architecture.

What will affect the future of architecture? While nobody really knows the specifics of the future, architecture and engineering will always be slightly shifting because of an advancement, over time, in industry, commerce, science, housing, medicine and travel resulting in various changing lifestyles. We can see changes on the horizon because of the innovation of artificial intelligence, personal drone transportation, progress in wellness and medicine, and the development of new materials (such as Graphene, for example, which is six times lighter and 200 times stronger than steel) and new inventions and technologies occurring every day.

The results of almost anything arises from supply verses demand, and architecture is no exception. Whenever there is a desire, it seems that science and technology have an answer, and it will eventually be designed and executed. As time goes by, different inventions promote new types of architecture. As an historical example, architecture had changed very little over several thousand years, until just a little over 100 years ago or so, three inventions appeared on the planet, almost simultaneously (relatively speaking): steel, the automobile and electricity. It was these three inventions that significantly changed the world through architecture, allowing buildings to soar vertically into the sky, having a need and solution to store automobiles vertically (encompassing large percentages of buildings), along with powering and lighting up buildings and cities throughout the world. Since then, it has been new inventions in science and technology, transportation and communication, and various concerns such as the environment, overpopulation, disease, world conflict and education that has changed certain ideologies and demands. It will be solutions to these and other various issues that will determine future outcomes of how architecture plays significant roles.

Even today, because of recent lifestyle changes, we are witnessing a slight shift in the demand of certain building types, which is causing an oversupply of various sectors of real estate, leaving a challenge to modifying existing structures, or eliminating some, and creating new varieties. As an example, the surge of internet buying and home delivery has caused vast vacancies and failures in the retail sector. The recent notion of working from home may minimize the need for office space. And certainly, the current vacation home rental business has put a dent into the hotel business.

The ever-changing world challenges and lifestyle changes will create the new demands for architecture, because it has always been proven that “supply follows demand.” Also, new styles will evolve as the new functions of the new buildings react to these new demands, resulting in new forms, proving the theory that “form follows function’.”

Daniel Adache is chairman of Adache Group Architects, design consultants for hospitality, leisure and multi-family housing industries in Fort Lauderdale, with clients and projects throughout the United States and in over 45 countries and on five continents. Visit


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