Recently, Newsweek asked three well-known architecture firms to explain what cities will look like in 2030.  Using New York City as the location, these firms — HOK; Cooper, Robertson & Partners; and Richard Meier & Partners — responded to the hypothetical with The Future of Work and other musings as to how we will work, live, interact, and move around in 20 years. 

Richard Meier & Partners expects abundant green space, enhanced public transportation, and expanded waterfront parks. 

Cooper, Robertson & Partners anticipates that unused waterfront areas and rail yards will become new neighborhoods, while small and large scale transportation networks will flourish with everything from bike share to light rail networks.   

HOK envisions a future of "self-contained, self-sufficient buildings" as ecosystems capped with micro wind turbines, covered in self-cleaning facades, and embedded with technology to utilize solar power.  In 2030, personal mobility will be enhanced, too. 

At the same time, the Future of Work may not require separate spaces for home and work as technology facilitates new and more flexible opportunities going forward. 

Like the House of the Future, it's hard to make a long-term prediction, and 20 years is a lot of time.  In the past 20 years, we've seen the rise of the internet, an acceptance of clean technology, and a focus on green building. 

What do you think we'll see in the future of work?

Media credit: HOK.