As a follow up from last week article on the 10 architectural ideas that will change our lives the one that struck me as the most prominent is that the walls of design will crumble!!
The walls of design will crumble.
As every new working architectural idea becomes connected through digital data with other professionals over the next five years, we'll see a crumbling of the walls between graphic designers, technologists, interfaces designers, and so on. In fact it is happening now, in our studio we spend more time talking to the software developer than to the architectural engineer.
The cross-platform experiences of the future, is here now. Everyone's brains is meld together into software programmes that we use to draw which is interconnected with the software programme that we us e to calculate the energy efficiency of our buildings, which it is interconnected with the programme that calculate the structure etc. etc.. I see that this is the way things will continue to happen in the future; the distinction between industrial design, digital design, and system design will continue to blur.
The rise of the self-educated designer.
Self-learning options for designers in architecture will outpace offerings from universities and colleges. Because the knowledge required to design in the medium of technology continues to expand and evolve, real-time learning will be more important than what a college course can teach in a hermetically sealed form within the span of a semester or quarter. By condensing the practical knowledge future architects will not need to spend seven years in studying architecture, if really needed the full architectural course could be condensed to three but the architect will be required to interact with the existing and future architectural software. The most difficult subject been aesthetics but even that subject could be learned by learning proportions within the experience forms of 3D visual space.
Hello, CEO, goodbye architect?
More and more, individuals trained in architecture will hold leadership positions. But not all will be qualified. It will always take a broad understanding of architectural business and the vision and strength to make it into a success. But strong business skills combined with design training and talent will become a potent combination. Not all of the future architects will be successful, but a few will. Those chosen few will combine an architectural business insight and the talent to merge digital information with good business sense.
Design will be imposed by "Big Brother".
There will be a rise in large tech companies taking a greater point of view with respect to design. This is not dissimilar to what occurred in the automobile industry as it began to mature the famous point when Henry Ford refused to sell variations in the only colour that mattered, compared with GM, which diversified its designs to appeal to larger populations. The only differences now day is that the future architecture will develop from Google's efforts to show the world what it is considered as "good architecture" more and more people will ask the "Big Brother" to show images for "beautiful architecture" and from its listing they will select what they consider the best.
Our clients come to our studio with predefined ideas of the design for their future house from searches done in Google and this will not only continue so but it will increase in the future.
From sustainable to regenerative.
To end up with a good note on energy efficiency it is true that the EC and therefore Spain are propping up the standard of sustainability by legislating tougher and tougher regulations so that architects will set higher goals for their architecture and therefore for an enhanced environmental condition. With the net zero-energy building initiative, a reality for the year 2020 (just around the corner) any residential or commercial building shall greatly reduced its energy needs through efficiency gains such that the balance of energy needs will only be supplied with renewable energies.
All of our future building five years from now will have to be self efficient in energy and no non-renewable energy will be used in the future. Can we achieve this goal? Well I personally don't know as the challenge is complicated, but at least our leaders are doing something about the global energy problem and setting future high standards for architects to work for.