With the global economy on the slowdown, we anticipate 2019 to be a difficult year.
I would like to see the architecture of the future to be ecology-based, as architecture that is ‘ecocentric’. However, to effect this means that not just our design community (of architects, planners, engineers, designers, etc.) but all of humanity needs to subscribe to the premise that all of humanity’s acts and activities, both our existing and new built environments and the ways the built environment is designed, built, managed, operated and recovered must be carried our guided by the science of ecology.
However, to achieve this means all of humanity must become literate in ecology – which is a massive global task of re-education. This also means global changes to the ways the design community work, and pedagogically how architecture is taught.
However, the future direction of architecture may not develop in the
environmentally friendly way that I hope, in which case humanity may be heading towards the collapse of the ecosystems. I hope that we will be able to redesign and remake our existing cities and make our new cities and urban conurbations to imitated nature to become ‘constructed ecosystem’, so that our urban conurbations are able to effectively bio integrate physically and systemically with nature.
The role of the architect and in effect all of humanity must be as a steward of nature and as a partner to nature.