Design Trends Shaping City Life

Design Trends Shaping City Life

Author Shaunacy Ferro discusses 6 Major Design Trends Shaping City Life in a recent article from FastCo Design.  You can read the whole article here.  We ponder how those trends relate to Savannah…

THE SHARING ECONOMY WILL APPLY TO HOUSING TOO
Multifamily housing developments with communal kitchens, garages, and shared work and recreational spaces used to be exclusive to the fringe element out in Berkeley or Boulder.  While Savannah does not have any current examples of shared housing, it’s only a matter of time. Younger generations are as adverse to traditional home ownership as they are comfortable with many other forms of sharing (cars, bikes, vacation spaces, etc.).  The best opportunities for modern co-housing developments are likely in the Victorian East, Thomas Square and Metropolitan neighborhoods.

RESTAURANTS WILL DOUBLE AS LIVING ROOMS
Home restaurants in Cuba, called “paladares,” have long been part of their culture.  Underground restaurants and supper clubs have been popping up all over the U.S., U.K. and Western Europe.  Savannah is a city well known for her hospitality.  Savannahians love to be social, entertain guests, and show off their homes.  It’s a natural fit here that would add to the local food scene.

YOUR OFFICE WILL LOOK LIKE A LIBRARY
If you can work from anywhere, what’s the point of an office anymore?  Most would say, “human interaction,” though just as many would probably answer, “there isn’t any point!”  Thinc Space is a successful local model for co-working.  The new Guild Hall complex offers a wide variety of work and play and maker spaces for members.  As far as traditional offices go, there is not a lot of high quality office space in this market.  Who has the most modern, innovative office in Savannah?

THE BIG BOX STORE WILL BE ON THE BLOCK, BUT YOU WON’T NEED TO GO
Savannah’s big box stores will likely stay suburban and exurban.  Online shopping will continue to rise and retailers will have to continue to keep pace with shifts in consumer preferences.  Whether it be office, retail, or medical (see below), if people are going to be bothered to leave their homes, they are going to expect a full experience.

YOUR HEALTH WILL BECOME A RETAIL PRODUCT
Healthcare has become more and more consumer-centric. Outlets providing useful, targeted services to meet the specific needs of individuals and businesses.  Healthcare providers that offer useful, targeted services with enhanced access, lower costs and greatest results will win market share.  We should see some innovation in terms of business models and medical office use throughout the Medical Arts District, as well as greater numbers of small, high quality walk-in clinics.

INFRASTRUCTURE AND TRANSPORTATION
The Savannah Harbor Expansion Project is a massive local project requiring massive state and federal dollars.  Too early to tell if SHEP will provide any real pay off to the City, although industrial real estate development around the port should see a nice uptick.  What kind of transportation and infrastructure projects would provide a positive impact to the City?   More Bike Share and bike lanes?  Traffic calming medians? A City trolley that actually went somewhere?  High speed internet access on every inch of Chatham County?  A high speed train between here and Atlanta?

We’d love to hear what you think.

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