Today’s Social Landscape | Morphology

Architecture as a field has evolved over the years, with an increasingly specialized holistic understanding of environments, and now more on the grounds of hands-on collaboration between humanitarian, social response, sustainability, and aesthetics, which set new standards for the constantly evolving universal design. Due to the increasing awareness of architecture’s social impact, decisions that used to be made solely by the architect’s speculative thinking are now backed by various professional paradigms.

In terms of its layered professional solemnity, architecture is more convoluted than ever. Humanitarian professions such as anthropology, psychology, and environmental studies have now been incorporated, making it even more vital than it was previously thought to be, namely a simple practical profession of creating habitual spaces.

It’s important to remember that the history of architecture and design, and thus the canon from which it draws inspiration, is constantly changing. Architects and designers have had a lot of success advocating their work to large, international audiences using digital tools. Sharing new techniques and utilising advances has enabled the proliferation of design techniques and processes to much larger groups of people. Previously, this information was only available to specific academies or practises at the forefront of these innovations. As a result, various perspectives on how this history should be told are now emerging from all over the world.

In today’s social landscape, the importance of community involvement is widely acknowledged. Architects of the coming generations bear a significant amount of responsibility for resolving and stabilizing difficulties that the world is currently facing, such as climate change, overpopulation, and social collaboration.

A prospective architect must have expertise outside of the standard design thought processes in order to address such crucial concerns. Skills like analytical thinking, humane and behavioural design, and strategic biophilia are required for constructing a new and better social structure for the future.

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Space Is The New Future 

Space is becoming increasingly scarce as the population grows. Vertical cities are being considered by some visionary architects as a possible solution to the declining habitable space problem. Architects must become more space smart if they want to meet these increasing threats. This is true not only in terms of commercial and residential space allocation, but also in terms of infrastructure and public & social service design. As a result of working together, the architectural industry can learn how to better design for the future. As a direct consequence of our geographic problems, vertical cities and vertical farming may be the answer.

Architects everywhere must respond to the need for improved design solutions in the age of expanding technology and altering cultural attitudes. While we may not be conquering other planets or developing flying cars, there are a few issues that require the attention of the architecture profession. Start by looking at how the industry has evolved over the previous few decades. 

Technological advancements have made it possible for architects to easily visualise spaces and designs before the construction even begins in a more realistic manner , with tools like 3D printing, modelling , virtual reality etc. Everything has improved, starting from architectural design to the finished construction processes.

We now have crowdfunding, composting, repurposed materials, and other options. Thanks to technology breakthroughs, architecture is changing at an alarming rate.

With the compelling need to combat climate change, global warming, pollution levels, and the conservation of fossil fuels, there is a growing emphasis on sustainable architectural innovations. The way architects design and construct is also evolving as a result of advances in robotic technology. Field employees are being replaced by robots to perform labor-intensive, risky, or impossible tasks. Drones are being used increasingly frequently for deliveries and surveying. Many professionals are already designing environment-centric designs, and practices such as bacteria-grown bricks, self-healing concrete, pollutant-absorbing pavement, and others are steadily transforming the architectural epoch.

The face of the earth and the vision for the future are changing for the better thanks to a heavenly combination of automation, technology, sustainable designs, and eco-friendly materials (some old, others rather newly discovered). Although the procedure is slow, it does exist.

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The future is in technology_©Kai Pilger, Morphology

Organic Architecture Is What We Need | Morphology

Another frequently used term in conversations regarding the future of architecture is – “Smart cities”.The term “smart city” refers to a style of urban development that is ecologically responsible. These smart cities are developed to meet the needs of institutions, industries, and citizens by focusing more on renewable energy, transportation solutions, hybrid power generation systems, more extensive access to health, social interaction and public service analysis. Smart city development will enable architects to make efficient use of resources, minimize waste, and design cities that are more efficient. Architects should create designs that will last a long time by focusing on the demands of the growing community.

The necessity of incorporating natural behaviour into architectural design was expressed by architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, who introduced the word “organic architecture.”  For example -The Prairie Houses, which were built on ground that was originally prairie on the suburbs of Chicago, were designed with this strategy in mind. From its morphology to its purpose, architecture may be seen as an organism in harmony with its surroundings in this and other projects of the time.

In conclusion , what I think is the best probable future scenario for architecture as a whole is to be based more on “morphological thinking”, i.e  what architects need to consider how nature’s principles could transcend all forms of architectural design.  

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Abhishek Guha is an architecture undergraduate who wishes to create life altering spaces & experiences through his designs . His interests - writing, fashion, and cooking, are as erratic as he is. As a spontaneous extrovert who enjoys meeting new people, he seeks knowledge about the architectural paradigm while exploring the world.