Today, our rapid construction techniques would astonish the architects and builders of a century ago. The materials and technologies we have at our disposal have increased more in range and applications in the last 50 years than in the preceding 500. But there is one challenge we face that is considerably more taxing than it was back in 1816, or even 1916. And that challenge is called the future.
What The Future Holds Has Never Been Harder To Predict
There was a time when the demands on the built environment were pretty predictable. The purpose a space was designed for was the purpose it fulfilled. For life. In the lifetime of a building or even a whole district, changes in demand for all kinds of accommodation were gradual. Evolution, not revolution, was the order of the day. Fast-forward to today and the picture is unrecognizable. Entire cities can spring up in well under a decade. Whole populations can move in where previously there was nothing, or they can move out of established neighborhoods, leaving a potential vacuum. In this context, creating a long-term plan for any built environment can no longer be left to chance.
Vision is called for, at the micro-level to proof individual spaces against the changes in demands on them created by lifestyle and technology, and at the macro level, where a coherent framework is imperative if unplanned and never-ending sprawl are to be avoided. Schmidt Associates is fully proficient in planning at both ends of this spectrum. Every day, we are designing the cutting-edge workplaces that before long will become everyday in terms of their capabilities (but without major and expensive modifications and disruption in the process). And every day, we are helping clients – including municipal districts and City Halls – to plan how entire districts can most coherently develop, in order to adequately meet the demands of the future.
Before You Commit Long Term, Ensure You Have a Vision
Our Schmidt Associates’ Workplace Studio offers the experience and talents of urban planners as well as architects and designers. So whether you need a vision of how to design for the lifetime of a single building, or you need input into the successful future development of an entire area, have a conversation with us before you start work.