Future of P-Leisure
A new forward-focused report on the future of public leisure
A studio with a forward-focused mindset, the Bompas & Parr team have delivered countless experiences for both the public and private realm, from pioneering bar experiences that allow one to inhale their drink, to dining spaces in the middle of a desert where everything is cooked over steaming hot lava. Bompas & Parr is a studio well adept at delivering some of the best experiences in the World - now it is time to put pen to paper and define the future of what we are calling ‘P-Leisure’ - Public Leisure.
Download the Future of P-Leisure report here.
What is P-Leisure?
This report has been framed around the idea of ‘public leisure’ that ultimately delivers ‘pleasure’ to its audiences. When looking at the history of leisure, articles surmise that leisure activities were once for the middle to upper classes, who attended theatres and music halls to entertain themselves for long evenings. In the 19th century going to the seaside was very popular with those who could afford it. The first pleasure pier was built at Brighton in 1823 and soon they appeared at seaside resorts across Britain. Leisure was something to do in your free time that delighted and entertained, away from the mundanities of everyday life. It allowed people to meet others and revel in shared new experiences.
Fast forward 100 or so years and the idea of ‘public’ and ‘leisure’ has changed somewhat. The world is tumbling towards peak sharing, and the idea of privacy is seemingly lurking in the shadows of daily digital stories.
We asked the studio’s architects, designers, technicians, futurologists, artists and chefs - what do you see yourself doing at the weekend in 2030? Our six predictions for the future of public leisure include:
This prediction foresees a future of P-leisure whereby cities are taken over by platforms such as Netflix, Disney+ and Prime in order to provide fans with the experiences they need in order to fulfil their fandom desires.
The Bank of Time
Time is said to be the new marker of luxury. In a world of shortcuts, visual chaos and ever shortening delivery services to allow for ultra convenience, time is becoming a luxury as we try to cram as much into our everyday lives as possible.
Arts and theatres have always played a huge role in leisure activities throughout history. Today, we are seeing a shift towards a more decentralised approach to creativity, with audience involvement in the creation of product and content.
As we see people choose to spend their money on flights up to space, away from our planet, we’ll see a new cohort choose to adopt exploration of our current planet, going deeper underwater for tourist excursions to drive new connections with our home of Earth.
What Does Heaven Look Like Anyway?
What if our future ‘p-leisure’ activities were creatively directed by children? Imagine a world where you, as an adult, can momentarily step back into the mind of your 6 year old self - a mind that hasn’t had to think about paying rent, or what you’ll cook for dinner tonight.
We once all got used to wearing 3D glasses to see films literally spring out in front of us at the cinema - what if we all wore personalisation glasses that placed your face within the film you were watching. Hyper indulgence of the self.
Why go beyond the trend reports?
If there ever was a period of time that was reaching a ‘tipping point’ for how we perceive ‘public leisure activities for pleasure’, with so much shifting change across the consumer, political, environmental and technological landscape - now feels like the right time to explore how ‘P-Leisure’ will be redefined over the next 5 - 10 years.
Regular trends reports may have more qualitative and quantitative data, but by the time they are published, the trend is probably over. You certainly won’t gain much traction from it, should you explore your own variant. We hope this report serves to inspire others to some original thought that interpret these findings and predictions in their own way – that it becomes a goad to creativity in its own right and can help shape the zeitgeist in a more meaningful way rather than being more simply a journal of record.
The report launch event
To celebrate the launch of the new report, Bompas & Parr’s Strategy Director, Alix Cherowbrier, presented the studios six predictions for the imminent and far future at 180 The Strand, where the Bompas & Parr kitchen produced three food tasters that were influenced by the predictions:
Cola Popcorn with fizzy popping candy
Zero Wastage Carrot & Orange Pâte de Fruits with Green Tops Sugar
Strawberry, Tomato & Basil Candyfloss Pizza
Download the report here to discover the predictions and further insights