Technology is reshaping the traditional way of architectural practice and leading us towards unexplored territories and new horizons of design thinking. The speculated shift in the industry in recent years validates the importance of experimenting with technology and innovation.
The amenable nature of architects towards brand new methods of refurbishing the built environment has encouraged other domains to take up and embrace the innovative practices. Along with being technicians of the built environment, architects have also become the technologists of the science of art.
No Rest for the Architects
Architects are the most valiant dreamers and all-time skeptical critics who yearn to reappraise the habitual modus operandi and utterly thrive to fulfill this desire. The community of change-makers and the most fearless embracers of change do not just offer innovative structural or infrastructural solutions but use technology to implement innovation.
While humans have been exploring Mars for over fifty years now, architects are currently pursuing their goal to create human habitat beyond our planet. Architects who are constantly trying to catch up to the fast-changing world are simultaneously working towards exploring the endless opportunities the celestial spaces have to offer.
With the new-age technology and computational design tools that put forward evidence-based rational strategies, architects are paving the way to human colonization beyond earth. Truly, architects’ dreams know no bounds!
The above image showcases the envisioned abode for humans on Mars. The conceptual design proposal presented by Foster & Partners in 2015 was one among the finalists selected by NASA. The actions of these innovative and ingenious researchers never cease to amaze one. Thus, proving that architects are ambassadors of change and persistent contributors to innovation.
The Future is Now
The Field of architecture was once known as the mother of all art forms. But, it has become the father of technology; with every innovation getting integrated with the built environment, architecture transmogrifies into something different every time. Thus, making architecture constantly fitful and establishing the dominance of rational thinking over intuitive imagination.
Presently, the world gazes at more cognitive design strategies wherein the desideratum for smart-spaces will be the calling card of the designers.
Architects: The Catalysts of the Change Reaction
Innovative technologies are changing people’s perspectives, people’s habitat, and people’s lifestyles with time. And, we have architects to thank for their contribution made to the built environment by proactively indulging themselves in the design of innovative and eco-accommodating spaces and their integration into the built environment.
The common goal to uplift the present quality of life of people across countries by harnessing technology has led to global unification enabling the spread of ideas to a larger audience. The diffusion further gives rise to a vast network to build organizations that deliver avant-garde solutions.
Technology is Power
Technology has raised the bar of quality of life to universal standards. Having access to the new-age computational tools and innovative technologies puts a person on the world map of global connections. The multifarious nature of problems and demands of the built environment requires a multifaceted approach.
And, the advancement in technological knowledge leads to a drastic decrease in the degree of factors ignored because of the accurate outcomes of the data produced and applied in real-time.
It appears as if technology annihilates the setbacks in the journey to the edge of creation because of the decentralization of power that obscures the socio-economic, physical, perceptual, interpersonal, and national barriers leading to all-encompassing cross-disciplinary ambiguity. Technology makes everything appear homogeneous as it disguises the complexities of the built environment that reveal its fragmentary nature.
The spatialization caused by avant-garde solutions put forth by organizations with access to technology envisions these spaces to represent furtherance in radical design thinking. The creation of these contemporary capitalist spaces leads to an unevenly concentrated development creating an illusional prohibited space for people with no access to innovative technologies. We humans might have succeeded in our expeditions to colonize other planets, but we have failed to unify all by alienating the issues, people, and the places that are slow-paced in the process of adoption.
The closer one looks at the complexities of the perfect picture of the built environment, it pixelates. Spatialization in the most analogous form is a delusion that architects aim to achieve. Therefore, one can concede that all spatializations consist of both: its homogeneity and its fragmentary nature, which posits a need for exchange in commodities across different groups of people.
But, Are We Ready for the Present?
In this fast-paced world, where change is the only constant, the advancements in technological innovation are not in tandem with the rate of people’s acclimatization to them. While we try to bridge the gap between innovation in production and its application and adaptation in the built environment, we forget to acknowledge the present. Only knowing the past and addressing the issues of the present can lead to a better future.
Along with being designers and strategic thinkers, it is high time now for architects to hone the role of pedagogue to society. The techniques and technology involved in building progressive spaces must be at par with the complexity of demands and its predicates.
The Future Sprawls Over The Innovators of Tomorrow
This statement holds in any given time frame. But, the innovators of tomorrow can only innovate if the technologists of the present let them. Instead of relying on future generations, the people of the present need to take charge and be up to date with the prevailing and emergent technologies that lay the groundwork for the imminent innovations.
The failure of the acculturation w.r.t. technology by the present will leave the world obsolete for the future. Only if all people acquiescently adapt to modern modus operandi the static cycle of the passage of outworn techniques to the upcoming innovators will break. Therefore, the future sprawls over the technologists of the present.