Three months ago I read that home sales in the Catskills were on the upswing. Located just a few hours outside of New York City, most homes for sale in the Catskills with swimming pools were getting same day offers. Swimming pool installers were already booked for the year. People were moving to more rural, less urban places and now vacationing at home. Where we live, and where we play is shifting.

Elevators and taller buildings for residential, work or any other use, are now seen as problematic. How do you maintain a 6’ physical distance in a 5 ½ foot x 4 ½ foot elevator? Common lobbies, common bathrooms, common air. People are starting to look for lower density neighborhoods. How we live is shifting.

The definition of home life is changing dramatically. Working from home, schooling from home, childcare from home, socializing from home, workouts from home, “dining out” from home, even attending church from home. Our home life is shifting.

For designers and builders the line between private and public is blurring, if not disintegrating. The public realm is brought into the home through virtual meetings for every part of life. More private areas are being carved out of public spaces. We are now adding dividers to create cubicles, booths and single person niches in open plan offices, restaurants and gathering places. Public spaces are shifting. 

Trying to predict what will happen in the upcoming year is folly. I do know it will be both challenging, and will present opportunity for those of us willing to adapt.

It is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself. – Charles Darwin

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