The future of city living

16 Jul 2018

We’ve all heard the world is urbanising at a rapid rate. The United Nations reports that by 2030, over 60 percent of the world’s population is expected to live in urban areas*. And we aren’t immune in Australia, with a recent report by the Property Council of Australia predicting major growth for our cities and increasing demand on infrastructure and resources**.

Ben Christie

Head of Apartments, Urban Regeneration

So what does this mean for the future of urban living? While there are challenges to overcome, there are also significant opportunities to deliver better city homes than ever before. We’re seeing the following trends and focus areas as increasingly key:

Solving the challenges of modern life 
City living of the future won’t just provide a beautiful home – it will help counteract modern life’s challenges, such as sedentary living, diet, stress, isolation, pollution and lack of time in nature. Wellness hubs offering yoga and meditation, access to top medical and health services, fresh, healthy food, ample space and nature to enjoy will be more and more critical. 

Smarter living
Smart, innovative design is of upmost importance in city homes, with the best being less about reducing space and more about harnessing it for greater living – otherwise known as affordability by design. With leading amenities in apartment buildings, there’s opportunity to use space in the home in different ways. At Lendlease, small apartments come with a big living experience. Small, when designed well, can be smarter and more affordable than larger spaces. Taking inspiration from the world’s best cities and leveraging Lendlease’s international experience, our apartments are supported by world-class public gardens and spaces like Barangaroo Reserve, and other lifestyle amenities such as pools and leisure centres. People are sleeping in their apartment, but living in their community. 
Thriving, diverse communities 
In addition to an ageing population, we now have more generations living in our cities than ever before. Australian Bureau of Statistics figures reveal the number of ‘other related individuals’ in family households, such as elderly parents living with their adult child’s family, or adult siblings living together, is projected to increase by 2036***. City living of the future will not only cater for the diverse needs of different generations across health, education, work and leisure, but bring generations together in new ways, via inclusive shared public space, amenities and retail, for a greater sense of connection and community.  

Next level green living 
Today, we expect city homes to be energy efficient, save water, manage resources well and meet high quality environmental standards. City living of the future will ensure efficiency and sustainability as a baseline, and go beyond that to offer an environmental ecosystem, helping people to reconnect with the natural world. In Lendlease’s Melbourne Quarter, residents have access to the city’s new Sky Park, a lush garden oasis in the midst of the city. Apartments of the future will integrate nature in this way, including plants, open space, fresh air and light, to enhance the lives of the communities they house and offer healing and regenerative benefits. 

The rise of the village  
A village experience - everything you need within a short stroll of home, your barista on a first name basis and your chosen ‘local’ on your doorstep - will be paramount. So will walkable communities, providing the opportunity to catch up with friends or even volunteer with a local community group in close proximity to home. City living of the future will support people to live in a localised, harmonious village that enhances connection, lifestyle and quality of life. 

* World Urbanization Prospects: The 2014 Revision, United Nations. 
** Creating Great Australian Cities Report, Property Council of Australia, 2018 
*** Household and Family Projections, Australia, 2011 to 2036, Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2015.