The next generation of architecture won't just be smarter by design, it'll actually BE smart. Cognitive buildings are structures that utilize the internet of things to anticipate our needs. Not only that, they greatly reduce our carbon footprints by autonomously reducing energy consumption in spaces that aren't in use. No need to turn off the lights or air conditioning before you leave a room! Beyond that, cognitive buildings can keep us healthier and safer by strategically controlling air flow and air pressure around those who might be carrying contagious pathogens, and can alert us to maintenance needs before they become expensive or even deadly system failures.