Flexible work arrangements are the order of the day. There will also be considerable mobility of workers coming and going from the city, in response to seasonal changes in work opportunities and needs. Fewer people will own their own home, most prefer renting (or have no choice but to rent), while others have their residential needs catered for by their employers. Ageing in place is the norm, as service provision is taken to the door. Automated support of basic needs by the power of the Internet of Things transforms the way our ageing population lives.
Some questions to think about:
- If our working lives are more flexible, and mobile, what does this mean for how space and buildings are designed and configured?
- Will we see a greater distribution of work localities, as “anywhere, anytime” work becomes a reality for many?
- How does housing cater for a floating workforce that comes and goes?