Hope Amid a Slow Construction Comeback

January 11, 2010 · by DesignIntelligence

25 trends transforming architecture and design indicate there are opportunities amid the sluggish recovery.

DesignIntelligenceMost professional practices in the design and construction industry will experience an agonizingly slow comeback after the poor and often painful business conditions of the past year, according to a new report in the journal DesignIntelligence. Signs point to a sluggish recovery that will not take the industry back to what had been considered normal in the mid-2000s.

"At the macro level, the private capital that's needed to support growth and urban health will not fall into place anytime soon," notes DesignIntelligence.

Instead, according to the report's co-authors, James P. Cramer and Jane Gaboury, a new normal will unfold, and with it plenty of pesky problems for architecture and design firm leaders. There will be no quick recovery. However, there is hope, they say.

"2010: A Year of Convalescence," published in the January/February issue of DesignIntelligence, points to 25 significant trends transforming architecture and design that can offer sustenance during a painfully slow recovery. Among the trends are opportunities for strategic optimists who can translate recent developments into action plans, say Cramer and Gaboury:

In addition to examining these and 20 other trends in depth, the January/February issue of DesignIntelligence includes economic forecasts and employment outlooks for the architecture, design, and construction industries. The issue includes articles by noted leaders in the design professions on topics such as branding in architecture, integrated project delivery strategy, whole-building metrics, and design firm resilience through technology.

The article "2010: A Year of Convalescence" is available online to members of the Design Futures Council.

The January/February issue is available for purchase through the DesignIntelligence bookstore or by calling toll-free: (800) 726-8603.

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