The megatrends methodology developed by CCHE deals with the major current and future changes in society. Megatrends are large-scale economic, social, technological, and political changes that influence our society.
Aware of their responsibility to build today in line with tomorrow's developments, the CCHE teams use this tool to analyse their projects and select the megatrends and nodes/hubs that correspond to the site and its context. Applied in conjunction with the socio-spatial strategy or the productive city, this method defines a panel of constructive and interactive measures that can be applied to the architectural project, thereby enriching it. In this way, the project is given its own identity and character.
The method developed by CCHE is based on theoretical documents produced by the Zukunftsinstitut. The latter proposes 12 megatrends made up of nodes (e.g., safe society, minimalism, sportiness) and hubs which connect two or more megatrends on the same subject (e.g., quality of life, digital health).
Malley Phare, the first timber-framed tower block in French-speaking Switzerland, aims to be an exemplary building from both an energy and socio-cultural point of view. Located in a Lausanne district undergoing major change, this tower has used megatrends to redirect its initial programme towards ambitious characteristics and uses that are totally in keeping with the site, its prospects, and its inhabitants. The project has been developed around three major themes: architecture, the influence of the 2000-watt site label and the cultural environment.
Society 2025: Impact of megatrends
Influence of megatrends on façade choice