APA Foresight

APA Foresight helps planners navigate change and prepare for an uncertain future.

With foresight in mind, planners can guide change, create more sustainable and equitable outcomes, and establish themselves as critical to a thriving community.

APA Foresight is about understanding drivers of change that are outside of our control, how we can prepare for them, and when it is time to act. Let's use the future to create great communities for all!

Interested in learning more? Reach out to Petra Hurtado, Research Director, at phurtado@planning.org.

 

2023 Trend Report for Planners

Cover of 2023 Trend Report

APA Foresight

The 2023 Trend Report for Planners, developed in partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, features more than 100 existing, emerging, and potential future trends that APA identified as relevant to planning. The trends are structured within three timeframes (Act Now, Prepare, Learn and Watch), which indicate the urgency of planners' action.

APA Trend Universe

All trends and signals from both the 2023 Trend Report and the 2022 Trend Report are now also available online in APA's Trend Universe where they will be regularly updated, reflecting the accelerating pace of change of today and tomorrow. Here, you can find existing trends (act on them now!), emerging trends (start preparing for them!), and potential future trends (keep watching and learn more about them!), all organized around seven general themes. APA's Trend Universe is developed together with partners, experts, and practitioners, as part of APA's Trend Scouting Foresight Community.

Recent Publications

 

Foresight Communities

A Foresight Community is a multidisciplinary group of select experts who meet regularly through a series of facilitated workshops. The community members are thought leaders in their fields and are chosen based on their ability to provide forward-thinking perspectives. APA currently convenes two types of Foresight Communities: "deep dive" communities on specific foresight topics (such as the recently concluded community on Artificial Intelligence) and a trend scouting community dedicated to trend scouting and horizon scanning. Read more about APA's Foresight Communities and the important work they do.

Topics We're Exploring

Artificial Intelligence

autonomous mobility

cLIMATE CHANGE

digitalization and smart cities

Making Sense of the Future