The recent period proved that we can work whenever and wherever we want. Buildings will be able to facilitate plug and play connections. Work and private are merging, people can order private goods during working hours and read their e-mails on weekends. These changing demands influence the way we use buildings: more flexible and service-oriented. At the same time, the need for brick-and-mortar stores is declining, and the remaining shopping areas will become more leisure and service oriented.
With the circular economy fully implemented, the need for small-scale local manufacturing and distribution becomes more important to enable reverse logistics, extended life-cycle services, custom manufacturing, leasing and refurbishment business models. Adjacent common service areas where tools, food and care services are organized will become the new standard. This will be driven by new technologies such as additive manufacturing. Production, retail and consumption will be able to merge in one location.