Phase Five: The Penultimate Domino
Homes will also go through a phase of refurbishment as people embark on a journey of preparedness for what if, to ready their homes, that they now spend more time in, making them more practical and flexible for our new multi-generational, blended lives. When we venture out, it may be expected that our shopping is cleaned prior to delivery and the delivery itself is via drone or, as food subscription services continue to rise, perhaps directly into your back-loaded fridge. This decentralised presence may drive regionalism, with other knock-on effects. An increase in local road may put pressure on councils, with more local spend required to fix them.
With an increase in 3-D printers, items can be ordered online with replacement parts printed directly by the end user or in community hubs – useful in an emergency. For those that can afford to move, the already flawed new builds will be a far cry from value-shifted demands, with energy efficient spaces and access to community gardens and allotments being valuable assets. House builders and local authorities need to respond early to be competitive and reconsider the utilisation of existing empty buildings.
Phase Six: Everyday Life and Prevention
With workplace lease breaks, enforced companies begin to reduce their centralised space and become more scattered, contributing to regional growth and adding social value to smaller networks as they support alternative workers in new regional locations. Boundaries become blurred between work, home, education and leisure. Companies offer nomadic style personalised packages that encompass everything from work to leisure, education and family. As we become more distributed, that now empty office space will transform into leisure, drone parks and data centres and hold our new virtual life where we once sat. Retail may also rise from the traditional high streets as our lives become more mixed use, reflecting our renewed towns and cities. Supporting our new inclusive connected yet distributed normal – from an established level of comfort we seek to repair and prevent for future generations.
In conclusion, a critical awareness of end user interconnectivity will combine with the realisation that an appetite for positive change can be leveraged for the benefit of society and our environment without business detriment, highlighting the importance of end user awareness and the consequential sector ripple effect as each phase transitions into the next. Understanding new value-shifted goals will surely be a step towards a brighter future for all.