The Weekly Stripe – 05.02.21
In this seemingly-endless time of uncertainty, we often find ourselves grasping for some sort of structure or guidance. This week we look to the future, or what we guess will be the future, after a year of living the "new normal." What do you think the future will bring?
Ikea has recently published this year’s “Life at Home” report, accurately entitling it “The Big Home Reboot.” Conducting research over the past year, the report poses what they see as the ‘future home.’ They posit that we will increase focus on making our homes multipurpose, community-centric, and healthy.
The London skyline appears to be ever-changing–often for the worst. This Guardian article highlights the conflict between regeneration and the the developers who are currently working to decimate the waterfront south of the river. Post-Brexit and post-pandemic, what is the future of London real estate?
And of course, the question top of our minds as we hunch over our kitchen tables fighting with Zoom: what is the future of the office? The New Yorker discusses the changes to the office– and the potential death of it– brought on by the pandemic in this great piece.
LSE is hosting a series of “Urban Age Debates,” the first which asked: Will changing patterns in knowledge work reduce or amplify the human need to meet in cities? This YouTube video captures the live debate. Richard Florida believes cities will prevail, but fears for the suburbs. It makes you wonder, what is the future of urbanisation?
Lastly we have the future of the doughnut. No, not the delicious sweet treat but the economic theory created by Kate Raworth in her excellent book (I would highly recommend.) Amsterdam is the first city to put this ‘doughnut theory’ to the test, emphasising the human aspects of the economy above the insatiable need for ‘progress’ in the form of increasing GDP. Is this the future of economics?