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Publication Date: 2019-01-23

Behind the Design

Nine Architects Weigh in on the Changing Direction of Design

At its most basic, architecture is a discipline focused on shelter, but constant societal change requires us to interrogate what architecture means in our current context. We spoke with nine renowned architects from firms across the United States about how trends impact their work and what their clients are requesting, and we asked them to hypothesize about how modern styles might continue to evolve in the future.

In our interviews, many architects suggested that clients are more informed now than they used to be, and that despite the trends disseminated across various social media platforms, people are craving highly personalized spaces that emphasize quality over universal appeal. Because technology empowers people to work and communicate constantly, architects are creating spaces for inhabitants to unwind and unplug, and connect with nature rather than a screen. Access to the outdoors and sustainability are important design priorities, and architects are using technology, salvaged objects, and food gardens to craft homes that reduce waste and contribute to an overall healthy home. Click through the slideshow to read what top architects are thinking about the present and future of contemporary design.

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