The Future of Buildings



According to the United Nations, over the next 35 years, 2.5 trillion ft² of buildings will be constructed or renovated in cities worldwide. Knowing that buildings produce about 40% of annual global GHG emissions, we must act now to meet emissions reduction targets set by the Paris Agreement.  

The industry changes fast and is fueled by five drivers of change:  

  • GREEN DEAL: Reducing the CO2 footprint of buildings,  circularity, deconstruction industry. ​ 
  • HEALTH, WELLNESS, AND WELLBEING: Air filtration, purification, sensors, lighting 
  • ECO-FRIENDLINESS: Zero-waste design, 3D printing, subscription-based short-term rentals​ 
  • FLEXIBILITY: Adjustable interior to convert into workspaces, etc.​ 
  • INDUSTRIALIZATION: Digitalization, breaking up of silos, co-planning, co-construction, digital twin 


The Future of Buildings project launched in Spring 2021 is about co-creation, leveraging on the power of foresight & design tools, the creativity of students, and the strong partnership to drive innovation. Jointly managed by ARUP and the EDHEC FIT Chair, the project aims at identifying novel business opportunities in buildings that require multiple parties to act together to develop their full potential. 

For the 9 months of the project, you will be supported by +100 students working on identifying key trends and future development scenarios in order to develop innovative solutions to your problems that are desirable, technologically feasible, and financially viable. 

Somfy is supporting the work of the EDHEC FIT Chair in identifying novel business opportunities in the future of buildings.  


Join our academic student teams and share with us your priorities and research questions. As a partner, you will receive at the end of this project a detailed foresight report and customized workshop to transfer the project insight into your organization.  

If you are interested, contact us by sending an email to  
And check out our previous foresight project on the Future of Air Travel: LINK  

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