Revolutionising Architecture through Technology
We often speak about how technology has changed the way we live, how we interact with people and our spaces—it has also changed how architects work and the services they offer us when designing our spaces. The many shifts and developments in technology are changing the processes as well as the end results of architectural and interior design.
Technology is disrupting the architectural and construction industries, and breeding new innovative architecture that is heading in very exciting directions. From apps to online designing, architects are doing more than just drawing and supervising construction. Architects are designing, adapting, using algorithms, robotics and 3D printing to achieve amazing, new designs.
In 2021, architects have access to analytics and data that can allow them to focus mainly on innovation and not only on production, while still optimising the results. This shows how architecture, and architects, are always evolving. We know that the best thing to do is to embrace these advances that are changing the world.
Here are some of the ways in which technology has impacted and improved architecture.
Its all about the Apps
Developers of architecture software have created apps for use in every project stage of the job, from concept to completion. Architects are using apps and software to better serve their clients.
Technology in architecture takes many forms, such as the smartphone or tablet which in itself is forever changing and advancing. Architects use these devices for touchscreen software that allows them to sketch directly into 3D modelling apps. Architects can streamline their processes by using BIM (Building Information Modelling) as it saves time and enhances details and transparency. These visual tools also ensure higher quality renderings.
BIM technology being used more frequently also pushes the need for cloud based products that can allow everyone working on the product to be able to access needed information at all times.
Evolution: Generative Design
Generative design is about using natures approach to design. Using the power of technology, generative design explores thousands of options when it comes to a design—why should we be limited in our solutions?
Designers use generative design software by inputing goals and specifications, the software then uses cloud computing to find solutions and potential alternatives. Materials, manufacturing methods and budget can also be input, and the software generates numerous design options. Each input furthers the knowledge of what works and what doesn’t, overall improving knowledge in the field.
Virtual Reality is a new and exciting way for architects to bring their designs to life before any construction has even begun. It is a dynamic way for architects to work together and present tangible ideas to their clients. The use of VR technology in architecture is growing as VR companies, architecture firms and BIM software developers work together to create streamlined VR workflows.
Firms are engaging clients in the design process by using VR to allow clients to “walk through” their spaces before they are built and truly visualise what their space will look like.
Augmented Reality is also being widely used thanks to the advancements in products that facilitate a greater connection between the physical and digital aspects of architectural design. AR apps allow the user to overlay building plans, marketing materials and other 2D items on to a 3D BIM model through the use of just their modern-day smart phones.
Mixed reality/Hybrid realities have many opportunities for development. Mixed realities combine virtual, digital environments and real, physical environments. This produces an innovative environment where physical and digital co-exist and interact in real time. By using mixed reality, clients can see an actual physical location be transformed and viewed with virtual architectural modifications and interact with those digital elements in the current space and time they are in.
Sci-fi technology is here and its impact on architectural design is undeniable. By integrating these mixed reality tools in designs to support information sharing and client engagement, firms are able to offer a reliable and forward-thinking service to their clients.
Robotics and 3D Printing
The line between design and construction is beginning to blur and that is all attributed to 3D printing and robotics. The way things are made is changing radically.
Architectural firms, from China to the UAE, are displaying architectural applications of assisted robotics (humans and robots working together during construction) as well as 3D printing on an industrial scale.
Software companies are developing programs that make design to fabrication production more accessible and enables complicated structures to be made with less energy than conventional manufacturing. Robotics and 3D printing are revolutionising the mainstream design channels.
Architecture is all about envisioning the future and creating modern, innovative designs. Technology in architecture and construction is helpings do that. So, in order to thrive in this new, technologically-advanced world, these digital developments need to be used to the advantage of architects.
Get in touch with us today to start designing your project.