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3x key points about buildings in the future!
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June 17, 2020

3x key points about buildings in the future!

Do you think that the buildings should be resilient, flexible and adaptable in the future?

What do you think about buildings and future? How do you imagine your building should interact with you and with your future energy-demand? Do you think about changes that will come in your job, in your home and in your city? And maybe even in the world? And what about climate change?

Changes are already here!

More and more data are here to be downloaded and used in any industry or in any home. Nowadays, data analysis are the key (in buildings for example data handling from all building systems), machines are learning (IoT or Internet of Things), transportation and social integration are also changing (what the recent pandemic situation taught us in regards to online communication).

But we need to change the way we are thinking and be more systematic. We need to think about sustainability and renovation of the building stock. We need to think about what we have and how can we reuse it – in terms of the potentials and opportunities. And we need to be reusing, recycling and upcycling.

And what about buildings in future?

“By 2050, the world’s population is expected to exceed 10 billion. The vast majority number of that will be concentrated in urban areas, making cities one of the most pressing issues of our present and future. So what are the issues – and the questions – that we need to hone in on to craft the healthiest future for us all?”

1. The most sustainable building is the one that doesn’t get built.

Sustainability is about extending the longevity of the items we already have, so refurbishment will be increasingly essential. How do we increase the economic incentive of building to last?

2. The most sustainable city is the one that never sleeps.

The future city has to be one where buildings don’t sleep (or at least sleep less), evolving through the day to suit the needs of different users at different times.  How much more green space could we all enjoy if we used our built space more effectively?

3. The most sustainable future is one that penalizes over-design.

We should all be reusing, recycling, and upcycling what would otherwise be wasted. How much progress could be made against climate change if we changed our practices systemically, not just individually?

More about Jacob´s way of thinking!

Jakob Strømann-Andersen is an architect with a keen eye on sustainability and architecture.  And sometimes it looks like he might be able to see in the future. Read Jakob Strømann-Andersen´s interesting input on the future in buildings and architecture (link here). And Jacob is also one of the best Swegon Air Academy Lecturers and you can find more information about his work (link here).