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Trend 1: Spotify The City

Trend 1: Spotify The City

One of the most interesting developments in the last years is the shift from ownership to access. Music service Spotify is a good example of this change that will eventually turn around the economy. We don’t buy CDs any more, but a monthly Spotify subscription gives us access to all the music in the world without owning it. Exactly this focus shift is also introduced in the way cities are organized and developed. The city gets ‘spotified’.

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Trend 2: Secret Urbanism And New Exclusivity

Trend 2: Secret Urbanism And New Exclusivity

Bottom-up, open data, open source, open design, co-creation, crowd-sourcing. The last years have been marked by a trend of openness that’s driven by the geeky side of Internet culture, and driven further by things like the economic crisis and the democratic deficit. Whether it’s about WikiLeaks’ struggle for open information or the attention for participatory urbanism, we all go ‘inclusive’. However, there’s no culture without counter-culture.

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Trend 3: The Reinvention Of The Post Box

Trend 3: The Reinvention Of The Post Box

Waiting for packages sucks big time since urban lifestyles are more flexible than ever. As the fixed address is slightly becoming an old-fashioned concept, the post box of the future will be movable in terms of space and time. New-style post boxes take different shapes and forms, pop up where needed, and don’t require a direct link with home addresses. Several companies around the world are working on futuristic concepts that redefine the post box, and make parcel delivery processes fit with modern lifestyles.

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  • Trend 4: The Factory Moves Back Into Our Houses

    Trend 4: The Factory Moves Back Into Our Houses

    After years of industrialization, digitalization and outsourcing of labor, we increasingly feel that we’re losing what life ‘really’ is about. A process of detachment with normal daily life has made us economically vulnerable. Increasing numbers of people feel disconnected from the making process of stuff they use on a daily basis. They do not only want to bake their own bread again, but they want control over production processes of more and more products that are used at home. Does doesn’t only go for food, but also for other stuff that we all use on a regular basis. The result is that we start to have our own little in-house factories.

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    Trend 6: Online Stores Revitalize Shopping Streets

    Trend 6: Online Stores Revitalize Shopping Streets

    The rise of e-commerce and the web store in particular threaten the good ol’ shop in the street. More and more people find their way to online shopping centers like Amazon and ASOS. Meanwhile, cities are left behind with empty malls and shopping streets. It’s hard to stop this development, but there seems to be help from an unexpected angle. New hybrid online-offline shopping concepts fill up the empty spots in the shopping street of the future.

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  • Trend 8: Urban Farming Becomes Serious Business

    Trend 8: Urban Farming Becomes Serious Business

    Of course, urban agriculture is a trend that we should have mentioned in some trend list years ago, but definitely not here. Although we see urban farms popping up on every corner of the street, we have always doubted the genuinity of all those small farming initiatives that are left behind after one season of fun. Nevertheless, some developments in this ongoing hype are interesting to mention here. Why? Because the urban agriculture scene seems to become mature.

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    Trend 9: Want To Claim Your City? There’s An App For That

    Trend 9: Want To Claim Your City? There's An App For That

    Ownership of the city and its public space has become a big theme over the last years. While today’s placemakers, urban interventionists and community activators are concerned with ‘re-claiming’ physical spaces, the online world sees the rise of all kinds of location-based apps and games that enable users to claim ownership of public space in a digital world.

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