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2017 Trends to Watch

The New Year represents a time to begin anew. An opportunity to start fresh, make positive changes and look toward the future. In that spirit, here’s a sampling of 2017 trends we may see in architecture, design and construction.

Green is (still) good. Architects are progressively designing to positively impact the health of both humans and the environment. One component of this movement is green architecture. More and more architects and designers feature green roofs, walkways and interior and exterior walls in their designs. Building occupants want to be connected to the outdoors, and architects are listening and responding in big ways. Rostek shares this trend and several others to look for in 2017.

A palette-able year. Color impacts mood, so why not use color to create a warm, playful and invigorating atmosphere? Pantone is doing just that with their 2017 PANTONE Fashion Report. Conjuring “a mixture of vitality, relaxation and the great outdoors,” the report shares nature-inspired colors like Kale and Greenery, the warm, muted hues of Hazelnut and Pale Dogwood, and the aquatic blues of Island Paradise and Niagara. Said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute: “One of the things that we saw this year, was a renewed sense of imagination in which color was appearing in context that was different than the traditional. Reminiscent of the hues that surround us in nature, our Spring 2017 Fashion Color Report evokes a spectrum of emotion and feeling.” View the bold and beautiful palettes at

Shaping the Skyline. With new and inspiring designs appearing daily, the next decade will bring numerous transformations to both buildings and urban landscapes. Invisible architecture is one such futuristic design trend. Otherwise known as “the calling card of science fiction,” these structures use high-tech LED sensors to reflect the surroundings of a built environment. Another intriguing project, sponge parks, redirect sewage away from New York’s Gowanus Canal, and focus on advancing green initiatives for a healthier future. Visit ArchDaily to explore these and other unique structures poised to elevate cityscapes around the world in the coming years.

Making architecture social. Imagine the relief you could get from knowing  your target community loves your new design. American architect and co-founding CEO of Architizer Marc Kushner has seen firsthand how individuals are beginning to use social media as a forum to impact future buildings and city design. Residents and vacationers in the Fire Islands in New York state were encouraged to interact with realistic images of a proposed design. The result? When the new pavilion opened, it had already become a celebrated piece in the city center. Kushner’s impactful TED talk provides powerful insights and shows that “buildings don’t just reflect our society, they shape it.”

What trends in art, architecture, technology or communications do you see emerging in 2017? Share in the comments section or tweet us @FluentInDesign.

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