How We Will Live, Work & Play in 2030

As we enter this brave, new, post-Covid world and realise how much the world has changed in the last year, it is hard to imagine what could happen in the next one, five or ten!

We have adapted to so much change in such a short period of time, and what has accelerated, is our attitude to what the future looks like. With incredible advances in technology almost monthly, it’s safe to say the world we are in now will look very different by 2030.

Looking at the next 10 years, we should be excited by convergence of technology and shifting attitudes towards protecting the planet, and see it as an opportunity to contribute to a healthy future for us all… Dare we say stopping the destruction we are causing, if not putting it in reverse. The next few years are going to make or break planet earth.

Here are some of the things to look out for.

Future Living

Looking at emerging future trends, urban developments could have a huge impact on the way we use and live in our cities, with one specific model being the 15 Minute City. This is an urban design concept, that aims to improve quality of life by providing residents with six essential functions (living, working, commerce, healthcare, education, and entertainment), within 15 minutes by foot or bicycle. When everything needed on a daily and weekly basis is within this small radius and requires minimal travel, there will be positive effects on both living conditions and the environment. Reduced or eliminated commute times benefits the environment as there would be less cars on the road, while also giving commuters an extra hour or more daily, which again will create a better work / life balance.

While the idea of the 15 minute City may seem far away from what we are living right now, certain aspects such as co-living and multipurpose service buildings, are already here. The emergence of co-living and mixed-use schemes localise all of the key functions in living locally and sustainably and remove the need to focus attention around traditional centres for commerce and industry.

The future city concept is strong but the reality is different, because we cannot apply the one size fits all approach to all cities in the world. We need to take 15 minute city thinking and apply it lovingly to our existing infrastructure, to allow our cities of now to thrive and those of the future to meet the concept.

Smart Cities

Over the next 10 years cities will become “smarter”, collecting data via evolving technology and primarily “baking” in sensor capability to everything that is built. The Data will then be analysed to solve challenges and provide better services, improve operations within the city environment. Smart city applications could have positive impacts on safety, cost of living, environmental quality, health, and overall quality of life.

There are already some technologies providing smart data in place in cities around the world who have made a commitment to making themselves a smart city, and by 2030 there will be a huge advance in the number of cities using technology and data to allow better decisions to be made and ultimately deliver a cleaner and more sustainable environment and a better quality of life.

Keep an eye out for your closest city and their journey to being truly “Smart”!

Future Connectivity

Technology allows us to stay connected.

How we interact with our world has changed. From booking stays in cities, to how we travel to them and enjoy them whilst on the ground being connected and using technology is the perfect partner t enhanced human experience.

Imaging a self-driving car programmed for your favourite city, when travelling there you can easily preview and book your stay, your itinerary and find out what is not to be missed. On arrival you will be able to navigate the city with the technology, making sure you find the fastest, safest, and cleanest route to where you want to go. You will be able to share your experiences, informing others of the same and allowing them to enjoy this too.

For its residents, a smart city will ensure the not only the lights are kept on but that surplus energy and resource is directed to where it is needed most, and will help protect resources and improve the environment. Surplus fresh air can be captured and filtered through our public spaces and excess carbon can be repurposed to provide useful fuel for other elements.

At TINTO, our purpose is to transform the world through place and space - transform your world. With the support of technology, we are excited to create a kinder, more collaborative, and exciting world in which to live. Here is to the future. Hold on tight!