Manhattan's shrewder psychics set up shop within staggering distance of bars; after a few martinis, even non-believing tipplers--including, sadly, your correspondent--are more prone to pony up ten bucks for a spontaneous reading on the way home. But alas, that crystal ball is so murky, and so rarely correct.
A better way to predict the future might be to ask experts about particular subjects. "Vision 2020: Considering the World and the Future Architect" is a project that aims to see into the future of architecture:
The project-cum-exhibition, found online at www.2020architect.org, collects prospectives from noted architects, critics, students, leaders and the public to conceive of the future of the built environment, through architecture, and of the future architect. The end hope is to provide a clearer picture of what an architect needs to be, think, act and do to be relevant in the future. Rather than self-conjecture, it asks leaders and the public to come up with issues through a "shotgun" approach. It has already garnered perspectives from noted individuals including Charles Renfro (Diller Scofidio + Renfro), WorkAC, Hani Rashid (Asymptote), Susan Szenasy (Metropolis Mag), Aaron Betsky and others.
Suggestion for the 2020 guys--if the prospectives coming in are on the excessively dry side, we highly recommend you set up shop within staggering distance of an architect's bar.