Speculating about what the future may bring is always a fun thing to do for many people and this is no different when people wonder what the future of architecture is. To be fair, coming up with a very accurate prediction of the future is nothing short of impossible but you can draw on the circumstances today much like you would in a visit guide to try and determine what the future may bring. It is precisely this method that we will use to assess how architecture in the future may be different from the one we see today.
There are two strong trends in architecture that we are sure will feature heavily in future designs. It is not hard to envision these trends helping to shape every future building design from the tallest skyscrapers to the most common SA property. The trends we are talking about are modernism and green construction.
On the aspect of modernism as a primary determinant for the future of architecture, there are several aspects that are proof positive of how modernism will help shape construction.
1. Advancements in material technology has allowed architects to come up with bold designs while still expecting that these can be met and served by the existing limitations in engineering and construction. Go to any major school website and Materials Engineering is a highly featured course offering. These developments have led to the creation of materials that can tolerate even more demanding designs. In previous years, you would be hard-pressed to find architectural designs that feature sweeping curves; today, this is a constant fixture in many of the world’s iconic structures and it is likely that, like the telephone answering service, it will continue to heavily influence the future of architecture.
2. A second aspect of modernism is the improvement in construction methods which were not available to previous architects. Now, construction professionals have all sorts of tools at their disposal to be able to come up with efficient methods of construction huge structures. Leading the charge are trends like modular construction systems resulting to faster construction based on pre-assembled structures which are then fitted on site. It bears mentioning that these advancements are powered by growth in IT jobs where virtual simulation of construction strategies is becoming the norm.
Closing the trend in the future of architecture is the push for sustainable construction methodologies with an eye for green construction. Nope, green construction does not refer to having a green surf shop at the ground floor. Instead, green construction technologies are those that have an eye for more efficient energy usage by making of use of nature to provide many of the things that a building needs. For example, power is saved by relying on big windows to allow natural sunlight to light a building. This also holds true for other aspects like water usage, the use of plants to promote internally-pleasing environment, and an eye for heating and cooling systems that are efficient and effective.
The evolution of recent concepts in architecture are indeed breezing fast much like the development in nurse practitioner programs. It only goes to show that even something as grand as architecture is not immune to the advancements of technology. Like cheating on words with friends, architecture in the future promises to provide an interesting, lively, and exciting dimension to building design and one that is certainly going to draw more attention to itself – and its breath-taking creations – in the years to come.