Seventy-five million tons of ice melts daily, causing irreversible climate change. The rate of population growth implies that by 2055, there will be 50% more people on our planet than there are now. Cities located near seas and oceans are unprepared for the rising water level. Large cities have an insufficient supply of affordable housing to accommodate all of the newcomers. Renewable energy sources are only just emerging on the construction market.
Architects across the globe gradually take on these challenges. All efforts are focused on reducing the gap between the reality that is already there and architectural form that lags behind. Sustainable materials, fast design, cheaper production, and flexible architectural and design solutions are increasingly being used. Gamification, augmented reality, and virtual designing tools speed up the adjustment of projects to new urban conditions. What technologies are already in place, and what has yet to be invented?
Global change also involves the review of projects' performance criteria. How do we evaluate professional success? What is more important: cheap social housing, a utopic technological city built from scratch in a desert, or a computer game simulating a new urban environment? There is no right answer, and it is up to you to decide what kind of future architect you want to become.