The future is how we want it to be, how our conscience works in the present towards the society helping through architecture and the resultant will be the future of the cities. It is our humanity, humbleness, that will shape the future of architecture.

Floating cities, domed cities, cities that capsize, cities going underground, cities on other planets, cities of evocation, the twenty-first century has propounded an expansive range of urban perceptions of the future, many of them dystopian or utopian or somewhere on the middle ground.

Architects everywhere must consider the call for better design resolution. Considering the last few decades, architecture to construction has improved on a colossal level. Just consider all of the ways the industry has changed over the last few decades. Currently, we are endowing and composting recycled materials. Architecture is changing at an astounding pace with technological advancements. 

The future of architecture lies in smart adaptation, sustainability, eminent focus on renewable energy, transportation solutions, smart home energy management, renewable resources, primarily responding to the entailing situation of its inhabitants.

Future of Cities

The growth of our population and the occurrence of ideas are essential steps that will turn to the fabrication of smart cities, that will provide economical living and newer technologies and become interconnected. In the future, millions of sensors will multiply and monitor things in metropolises from the tiniest things, frim streetlights, road conditions to energy utilization.

The way we alter and keep advancing, things are going to take a drastic turn that might have a positive impact for a temporary period, but in the long run, might ruin it. Robotics is coming to the construction industry. It won’t be long before we will be facilitating designing a construction process that will incorporate assembly robots. Where humans and a robot work together to serve the process, will also be the coming future.

3D Printing and Local Materials 

3D printing is everywhere in the news, everything is being 3D printed nowadays and architecture cannot be an exception. It’s a technique that minimizes errors, gives way for innovative techniques, and also saves time.

It’s a simple, efficient, and generative technique that lowers the risks of errors, and also manages to save time. It eliminates a lot of monotonous steps during the process and rationalizes it. It is also used to build homes, abodes on Mars, and even coral reef islands, and its possibilities are endless and galvanic.

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3d printed global habitat prototype_©Yanko Design website

The current news is more exhilarating as 3D printing builds houses on natural materials. TECLA (Technology and Clay) is a prototype habitat printed in 2019 in Italy as an acknowledgment of the civil issue of the expansive population which lacks low cost and nominal housing. TECLA is created using entirely reusable, recyclable materials taken from the local terrain – it aims to be a model for circular housing as well as eco-housing. It’s the first house to be wholly of locally sourced clay which has been used in India for centuries as a cost-effective sustainable alternative to cement.

In the end, all we want are solutions that will bring resilience and material usage that will help us in crafting perplexing designs. 

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Envisioning the future of architecture on Mars_©Autoevolution

Project Olympus is about discovering a way to create a 3D printed foundation for living on the moon using materials found on its surface so that we can propel sustained lunar exploration missions and the astronaut will be able to achieve a comfortable stay for a longer period.

When we try to envisage the future, we are often afraid and excited to see things the way they will turn out – will the heavy technology ruin everything; or, will the future techniques look into climate and eco-friendly construction amalgamating it with time-saving techniques. Architecture is likely to retreat in the future, the role of architects might be very divergent as to how we recognize it today. It will need diversified and miscellaneous knowledge on complex projects in different fields.

Transformable and Building Modular

Talking about flexibility and changing as per needed architecture in the future and present, we can’t miss transformable architecture. The tiny house movement, typically rests on wheels, is attractive for people who are always changing from one location to another, its capacity to increase or multi-use, smaller spaces with optimum use are the trend for population rise.

Vertical farming and the spaces that would empower its habitants to live in the city, growing their food will be a future of architecture to see. Although architects cannot solve composite problems solely, they are one of the predominant in this evaluative fight. We also need to understand that life has taken a serious turn when we talk about design and we should always consider the conscience while reviving a world, making it more unprejudiced and healthy for humans and all living things alike.

ReEvaluate the Situation

The current situation demands, and also it is our duty to reciprocate to the surroundings, to give now what we have taken from it. It’s time to pay back to get a sustainable future for the coming generations. Maybe we need to go with the basics, we need to go traditions to see the more modern version, the eventual future. We need to be flexible, responsive in our solutions to produce energy-positive buildings, to create cities that enhance

    • Walkability, bikeability, efficient multimodal transportation, mixed-use spaces, shared public spaces, reconsidering the construction with keeping in mind cultural, historic, and geographic sensitivity, and look beyond and contemplate reanalyzing our aesthetic predispositions. 
  • Use the basic and recycled materials as much as possible
  • Several upcoming technologies mentioned above can really give a kind future of architecture and rejuvenates hope if pursued thoughtfully.
  • To understand that the future of architecture is not a prevalent style, but perpetual revolution and upheaval.
The future of the walkable and bikeable cities_©CallisonRTKL
References:

Mitra, S. (2021, March). Retrieved from Yanko Design: https://www.yankodesign.com/2021/04/03/3d-printed-architecture-that-show-why-this-trend-is-the-future-of-modern-architecture/

Patrascu, D. (2020, October). Autoevolution. Retrieved from https://www.autoevolution.com/news/3d-printing-the-moon-base-could-start-with-icon-olympus-project-149578.html

Schoonbeek, R. (2020, October). Design for Walkability Makes Cities Healthy and Friendly. Retrieved from gb&d: https://gbdmagazine.com/design-for-walkability/

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Khushnuma considers architecture is present in every aspect of our lives giving emotions to the objects and spaces that provide habitation and serves humankind. She is an avid reader and wants to experiment with writing as words have creative power and consider architecture cannot change the world, but also they can’t change the world without it.

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