Architecture and design are going through a tech revolution, as modern technological advancements are allowing industry professionals to automate, simplify, and expedite numerous processes, all with unparalleled accuracy, as well as complete customer engagement and immersion. Yes, customers are increasingly influencing the design industry, as architects and engineers now have the tools to tailor every solution to the needs and aspirations of their clients.
Not only is smart and intuitive software making 3D rendering and modeling easier than ever before, but innovations in the field of robotics and mechanical fabrication are cutting down construction times in half while immersive VR spaces are giving the customer the opportunity to experience the “end product” before the construction even begins. With all of these amazing things happening at once, let’s take a deeper look at every individual innovation and how it’s changing the design world for the better.
3D modeling on a comprehensive scale
A couple of decades ago 3D design was hard to do, requiring plenty of computing power and the use of crude software tools that by today’s standards are completely obsolete. Nowadays, 3D modeling and printing are present in every form imaginable, permeating every sphere of modern existence, from the medical industry, through architecture and design, all the way to space exploration and more.
With the use of 3D modeling software and the increasingly bigger and more powerful 3D printers, there is nothing human beings won’t be able to fabricate in the near future. In fact, there are even companies that use giant 3D printers to erect whole buildings in a matter of hours instead of months and in some countries, years. What’s more, 3D modeling software has allowed designers to create fully-immersive digital environments that the customers can experience first-hand, influencing the design process and tailoring the product to their liking.
Interactive and responsive architecture
The future truly is here with interactive and responsive architectural creations, as modern designers and engineers are creating interactive spaces that track the movements of guests to create emergent and relevant visual effects throughout the setting. This immersive experience is delivered with the use of multiple interlinked projectors, infrared motion sensors, as well as visualization and analysis software.
These features combined allow for unique user interaction, and even complete control of the space to fit a myriad of needs in every industry. From designing interactive museums that display images, videos, and even AI interlocutors based on movement and gesticulation, to high-tech office spaces that allow employees to bring a fully-immersive presentation into every meeting and decision-making process.
Creating an immersive experience
Speaking of creating an immersive environment that customers will love, modern technology aims to help architecture and design flourish into arts and sciences of sustainability, health, prosperity, and positivity. What does this mean? This means that every building, its facade, and interior, creates a deeply rewarding experience for the observer, and the inhabitant.
These types of eco-friendly, and truly sustainable, environments permeate the commercial as well as the residential realm, as the architecture of the future serves not only an aesthetic but also a functional purpose.
Take the ever-increasing urbanization in China, where an innovative architecture firm from Hong Kong will not only work to build sustainably in order to preserve the environment but also with meticulous interior design in mind that will ensure the flow of positivity and productivity. This is achieved with spaciousness, proper airflow and plenty of natural lighting, as well as using materials from sustainable resources.
Digital fabrication with the help of robotics
Technology is progressing in all areas of life, weaving itself into every aspect of architecture and design, including fabrication itself. After all, what good is a fully-immersive VR environment, or a 4K HD model if it takes ages to build it? This is where computational manufacturing steps in to expedite the fabrication process by taking the digital model and creating a physical product with the use of electronics, robotics, sensing, and a range of fabrication machines.
These innovative fabrication methods allow for the creation of art installations as well as functional interiors never before thought possible. One extraordinary example is the Explicit Bricks art installation displayed at Smartgeometry 2010 in Barcelona, Spain. The designers built a system of uniquely-formed blocks that created complex catenary arches held together only through the weight and geometry of the blocks themselves. This is, of course, a single extraordinary example in a sea of possibilities modern technology brings to the design table.
Expediting the process with artificial intelligence
Finally, artificial intelligence is also becoming omnipresent in the commercial and residential realms of tomorrow, as AI and machine learning are nowadays used for everything from predicting the weather, to setting the temperature just right in every room, as well as advising designers in their decision-making process.
Custom software will allow architects and engineers to deliver their A-game on every project, as purpose-built AI can run thousands of simulations and test scenarios to determine the perfect construction roadmap, from the point of inception and design, all the way to finalization. This will create unparalleled customer satisfaction while allowing both parties to make extraordinary financial savings to boot.
Technology is the way of the future. In fact, technology has brought the future to our very doorstep, and now innovative minds are figuring out how to use these advancements to better the entire human experience, including how we perceive, use, and enjoy the interiors and exteriors of tomorrow.
Cooper Klein is an entrepreneur with a degree in Marketing. He’s interested in real estate and home decor. In order to spend more time with his family, Cooper decided to take a break, and he’s currently working from home as a blogger for SmoothDecorator and several other sites. You can find him on Twitter.