As we settle into 2013, let’s take a moment to reflect on this past year and imagine the possibilities for the year ahead. What societal trends do you see coming? What predictions do you have? Please join our global dialogue and tell us what #2013is to you.
Here at Perkins+Will, we envision an even healthier and happier 2013. Our recently launched modular classrooms are a modern, sustainable and non-toxic solution for students anywhere. And we’re especially proud of our design for a women and children’s wellness center in Kenya. In a world that grows more connected by the day, our ability to positively impact the lives of people everywhere increases exponentially. Along those lines, here is what #2013is to us:
At every scale, regeneration and renewal are becoming viable alternatives to replacement. Around the world, historic cities are being reinvigorated with smart upgrades that celebrate existing systems and local flavor. Tech and other forward-looking industries are embracing artful and innovative renovations of previously forgotten spaces. Progressive tenants (breweries and bike components manufacturers, to name a few) are enthusiastically championing regeneration, and are reaping multifaceted rewards from their creative reuse of materials and space.
This year, we will all continue to leverage information to become smarter, better, and brighter. The extreme volume of data collected about seemingly everything is, fortunately, getting more useful – and able to be applied toward the betterment of ourselves, our families, and our communities. Our own offices are collecting data to improve lighting strategies and reduce energy consumption, and encourage other sustainable behavior.
#2013is do it yourself
In 2013, there will be increasingly widespread celebration of each of our individual capabilities to create. By using 3D printers, which are getting more sophisticated and accessible by the day, we can see our ideas and creations come to life. The “maker movement” has gained major traction, with events popping up everywhere. A parallel movement may be found in education, where student-directed learning in math, science, technology, and art is enabled with hands-on, collaborative project labs such as those in Coahulla Creek High School.
In more and more industries, end users are becoming integral parts of the team, co-creating better products and spaces for work, play, learning, and living. In 2013, real-world feedback will be deeply incorporated into everything from office layouts to healthcare delivery systems. We have long believed that our clients (and our clients’ clients) should be true partners in our processes. Moving forward, designers and end users will become more collaborative than ever, resulting in all of us being empowered to make increasingly informed decisions about our health and other elements of our daily lives.
Join the global conversation
Blame it on our endless curiosity, but now we want to hear from you! Connect with us here in the comments section, or on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. We can’t wait to read about what you think #2013is!