Cooking is much more pleasant in like-minded environments with attractive fittings, plenty of brightness and room to unnerve those pots and pans.
As a family everyone wants a room where they can move on comfortably. It should be designed in such a fashion that multiple people can work at the same time. For instance one can prepare a meal and the others can prepare their own snack.
Combination of technology, better design and varying lifestyles and attitudes ensures that the kitchen is proudly reasserting its spot at the heart of the residence.