If you're older and have children, you will want to be in the suburbs near to good schools. But then when you retire, you probably want to be in a connected place again.
We're all different, with different demands. So why is it that all the housing looks the same?
Something is wrong the city isn't meeting our expectations.
Most cities put housing outside of the business district so, in larger cities like London or Shanghai, it can take 1.5 hours to get to work.
We have to find a way to solve this problem.
There have been some very interesting developments recently, which include residential and serviced apartments, SOHOs, lofts, hotels, shopping centres and offices all clustered together. They are not huge, but they are live-work developments, and they are the seeds of a new way of life.
I predict that this is the way cities are going to cope with the pressures of the changing Internet generation, bringing people together into a live-work-recreation way of life.
How does that work?
Well, these city hubs as I call them are higher in density, a little bit like mini versions of Hong Kong. You have more people in there, more things going on. You work there, live there, spend your leisure time there. Young people who want to live that connected city life would leave the suburbs to be in these city hubs.
And that would create less pressure in the suburbs, which means suburbs will have more parks, more openness. It also means reduced pollution because now most of the people who live in the suburbs are no longer travelling to work.
The young, working population live in a city hub and walk to work. That's much more sustainable, and keeps people fit too.
I predict cities will develop a network of these hubs around the central business district and that network will grow naturally because the pressure of travel on the central business district will force this issue. It won't be the old type of new town', but it will be a true high-density community where everything happens in one place without the need for extensive travel.
Further out, those in the suburbs will have an even better quality of life than now, with more parks, openness, and more space for schools.
We're just starting to see the seeds of city hubs now. They exist. They're not big but they're starting to grow.