I think the positive development of the recent years will continue in most of the countries we operate in, especially in countries where cities keep growing and the demand for inner-city living is growing. The new generation is interested in the instant economy and wants to live in high dense places where private space becomes less important and the virtual world and public space take over. We as architects need to find new answers responding to these demands of the new generation now because most of our buildings are built for 50 to 100 years of use. To keep track of this development and anticipate a few years ahead is challenging and exciting. It means the younger generation in our profession gets a stronger voice and architectural offices become a place of exchange and debate about the right solution; a great prospect for OMA.
We are currently focusing on extending our work in the regions we are familiar with and to make sure that our portfolio still covers all typologies of buildings, from cultural to housing projects, from large to small projects, and from projects that are totally new to preservation projects. We have exciting prospects and we notice that the traditional architectural competition becomes less important, which is an attractive prospect. The personal relationship between the architect and the client is becoming more important again. The right proper procedure is pushed out of the way as people start understanding that great new developments only start becoming reality if the input of the client and the response of the architect demand the maximum. We are excited about 2019 and 2020!