Emerging Trends and Signals: APA's 2024 Trend Report

Course Details

This is the third Trend Report for Planners developed by the APA in partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. As in previous years, the 2024 Trend Report features a list of over 100 existing, emerging, and potential future trends that the APA Foresight team, together with our Trend Scouting Foresight Community, 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. Within each timeframe, trends are grouped into themed clusters. For each trend, the report gives insights and explains why it is important for planners to know about and consider the trend in their work. All trends and signals are based on facts and are neutrally described without judgment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Navigate change and prepare for an uncertain future
  • Guide change
  • Create more sustainable and equitable planning outcomes