Consuming 2032

What will shopping centres and retailing, ‘look and feel’ like?

It is assumed that consumption patterns and consumption behaviour must become more sustainable over the next 25 years.

There is an ongoing discussion about the shift from consuming products (including resources such as energy and water) to consumption that is more service orientated. This may be in the form of functional provisioning where by results rather than products are sold or alternative products and service arrangements, such as more localised food provisioning. 

As a part of this shift retail may also become more service orientated. The current distributed system may evolve / change / become more efficient and more localised. Designing may become a practice of ‘re-design’. The premise of this studio is that the architecture of the shopping also must change. If the very nature of how we consume changes, how do our shopping practices and spaces reflect and augment such change?