In this age of “Big Data” and shifting cultural trends, architects everywhere must work towards better design solutions. There are a few things that need the architectural industry’s attention sooner rather than later. We must consider all the ways the industry has changed over the last few decades. Everything from architectural design to construction techniques has improved. Today, we have crowdfunding and composting, recycled materials, and more. Architecture is changing at an alarming pace, thanks to technological advancements.
Here are the top three trends that are transforming the way we see the world:
1. Immersive Technology
Designing for a diverse population is at the top of most architects’ minds today. Many wonder if it is even possible to create architecture for everyone. Inclusive architecture cares for all populations from the disabled to the young and everything in between. It is necessary for architects to understand the barriers experienced by a wide variety of people. Architects must challenge their idea of normal, and the industry will quickly widen the capabilities of well-designed architecture. They must achieve solutions that benefit everyone. One way universal design is taken to the next level is WOHA’s Enabling Village. Visitors with disabilities will find many elevators, low-gradient ramps, tactile floor indicators as well as hearing loops and braille signs located throughout the space. This award-winning space exemplifies immersive technology in everyday use.
2. Eco-Friendly Architecture
Major threats are currently facing humanity including climate change and limited natural resources. Architects must take on these challenges and produce better solutions. One way is through sustainable architecture. Only by having an economic focus through multiple facets of the architectural industry can we hope to protect our future environments and climate. One of the main philosophies behind this trend is reducing waste and recycling space. This includes physical space as well as minimizing energy loss. You can incorporate this trend into your design ideas by looking at three primary areas: materials, energy efficiency, and location. If you look at these main areas and take a greater holistic approach, you can make sustainability part of mainstream architecture. Every little bit helps.
3. Going Vertical is Becoming More Popular as Space Becomes Limited
As the population continues to grow, space is limited. Some creative architects are looking into vertical cities as a solution to the livable space shrinkage. Architects must address rising concerns and become more space-savvy. This must be addressed not only in terms of commercial and residential space allotment but also with infrastructure and public service design. Working together the architectural industry can learn how design can better accommodate the next generation. Some solutions that might hold the answer to our geographical problems are vertical cities and vertical farming. Vertical farming has become popular among those in the scientific community as a solution to the negative effects traditional agriculture has on the environment. Vertical cities take high-rise urban dwellings to the next level. Not only will apartments and businesses work in a multi-tier building, but entire communities.
In conclusion, all these trends are at the forefront of many big thinkers and architectural pioneer minds. If you are in the mind to help to unlock the key to an environmentally friendly future that lasts for generations to come, consider learning more about these emerging trends. To learn more about how Scarano Architect, PLLC is using these solutions on our current projects, contact our team. We value your thoughts on the evolving architectural community.