As we enter a new decade, architects, designers and experts predict the trends that will define architecture in 2020 and beyond. 

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Image: Cathy Hawley's Glodsmith Street social housing/Tim Crocker/RIBA 

As the world has changed dramatically in the past decade, so has how we look to construct our built environments. But how will they way we build new homes change in the next 10 years? 

Globaldata talked to leading architects, engineers and designers about their predictions for the coming decade - these are the results. 

Architects will drive sustainable building 

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Image: House made from sustainable cork. RIBA/Magnus Dennis 

Robert Adams, founder of Adams+Collingwood, says that architects will come back to have a stronger hand in the construction process, leading the way with sustainable best practices that are of the utmost important in the current climate, with a continued focus on zero-carbon homes. 

“Architects will return to the forefront of the construction team, but not in the same way that they used to be in the post-war years; more as leaders of a sustainable build revolution," he says. 

James Brindley, director at Design Haus Architecture, also says that virtual reality will play a much greater role in the world of architecture going forward, and that it's likely to become an industry standard, even with smaller firms, as a tool in the design process. 

Modular homes are the future

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Image: A modular home in Scotland created with Hebridean Homes

According to David Holt, founder of 74, housebuilding is due a huge change to a more modular way of working. "Modularisation across construction generally needs to broaden and become more competitive. Only a handful of companies do it all right now and there’s always a concern about supply," he says. 

Take a look at 10 modern builds using modular design practices

Technology will become ingrained 

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Image: Smart home controls from Control 4

The effects of new technology was a hot topic across the board. 

Chybik + Kristof, architects and urban designers, believe that the presence of technology will be 'subtle' as it becomes more integrated into our built environments. 

Steve Hunt, founder and managing director of mechanical and electrical engineering consultancy Steven A Hunt & Associates, also sees smart technologies working together in harmony: "Individual installations such as lighting, BMS, fire alarms and security will be controlled together working seamlessly and be more useful to operators.”

 

What do you think of these predictions for architecture over the next decade? Let us know by tweeting us @granddesigns or posting a comment on our Facebook page. 

 

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