There will be a moment in future when the significance of physical location disappears. The most important personal information will be saved in a cloud. People work mostly remotely. There will be a comprehensive service infrastructure that delivers for example special diet foods and medications to the right place at the right time. Service housing becomes more common as people find the hidden opportunities for a better life behind communities and joint ownership. Robot cars enable safe travel anywhere, anytime – regardless of mobility difficulties or age. Social needs become the number one concern as the amount of free time increases, commuting decreases and people seek a better, more comfortable life. In addition, people’s innate gregariousness drives them to more close-knit groups and tribes. Lifestyles, friends and leisure activities form the new holy trinity. In the future, people move from ‘suburb’ to another as they move from one phase of life to another. The suburbs have their own attractive brands based principally on their distinctive identities. Different functions, people and ideologies of different suburbs attract new residents, visitors and tourists. Living in suburbs is short-term, for example from two weeks to few years.
City of Helsinki (Urban environment division)
Nordic Works, Finland Futures Research Centre (University of Turku)
Olli Metso, Tiina Antinoja, Aleksi Rastas, Tuulikki Tanska