The building design process is now emerging with technologies. New material and design ideas challenge the building construction and technology, making it easy by interacting and linking them together. Back in the day, the materials used for construction were limited and required no technology but the technique to be built. Modern construction is complex, the walls, the floors, waterproofing, insulation, etc. These need to be managed altogether to improve building efficiency and durability. Architecture exists surrounding us at different scales and extents; it solaces us, amazes us, influences our way of behaving, improves the assembled climate and is more liveable. Consolidating architecture with innovation invigorates it more and brings it to the next level.

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Architecture technology is a discipline that practices the standards relating to safety, environmental performance, fire safety, etc. How the structure is going to stand is no longer a question. This helps both the process and the results. From computational design to apps, designers are touching new horizons; complex geometry, impressive heights, highly sustainable, environment responsive, and energy efficient. Cities are now getting smarter with the use of technology as well as artificial intelligence, giving cities a chance to better connect with the environment and the users. While planning, the better optimization of space can find new ways with data-driven technology. It helps to get better insights into the movement of people and transport around the cities and record the performance even before the construction begins. 

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The main challenge is rapidly changing human needs and even faster technologies. Various factors held the command of future cities and can easily be monitored with technologies. The entire industry is part of this transition; it saves time and money. The technologies like BIM, Artificial intelligence, big data, Generative design, 3d printing, Architectural apps, and of course, Virtual Reality, and many more are game changers. One can now operate the entire project by just wearing glasses, i.e., the VR headset. The future of the city lies in the structure and environment present in the city.

Environmental change influences the climate where buildings exist and in this manner, will influence the way in which the actual buildings perform themselves. The new programming permits designers to foresee the way that distinctions in the environment will influence a structure before it is made. This empowers designers to make more adaptable, sturdy designs. Utilizing specific programming devices can make structures that will endure longer and capability better over a time of many years. Carbon emissions can now be monitored and reduced by responsive design.

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21st-century cutting-edge innovation is here, and its undeniable effect on architecture and development and simply getting everything rolling. Touchscreen innovation permits designers to draw straightforwardly into programming that can be converted into 3D modeling applications. Building information modeling (BIM) saves time, increments transparency, improves subtleties, records changes, and energizes joint effort. Utilizing visual pre-arranging instruments, for example, Grasshopper and Revit, draftsmen can smooth out their cycles and immediately repeat, explore and convey solutions.

Architecture and technology certainly started to answer the needs of different individuals that existed in society in a substantially more suitable way. As individuals comprehended the capability of the built environment in making their lives more proficient and comfortable, the design of the same started to go through rapid changes. With quick urbanization and the nonstop improvement of innovations, the devices utilized for planning developed and assisted with imagining and acknowledging structures that appeared to be impossible before. The structure’s typologies were not generally restricted to normalization yet, as a matter of fact, opened doors for trial and error in planning. This further prompted the financial development and improvement of a city by advancing the travel industry.

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Streets are becoming smarter and structures responsive to the built environment. Artificial Intelligence (AI) empowering smart metropolitan arrangements brings numerous advantages, including more effective energy, water, and waste administration, controlling pollution, parking systems, public transportation, traffic management, energy tracking, and gridlock. Locally faced challenges sabotaging the advanced change from the innovative, social and administrative viewpoint.

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Surveillance cameras that utilize AI can examine the real-time and identify a criminal way of behaving which can then be a split second detailed and managed. These cameras can likewise identify individuals from their garments, permitting them to find suspects faster than any time. Smart communities that are improving with AI innovation can more readily anticipate the future necessities of individuals. Utilizing energy tracking innovation permits urban communities to know when new energy sources are required or when more supportable strategies can be executed. Some AI innovations can likewise anticipate and assist with anticipating property improvements, this implies houses are put onto the market during periods they are required. This likewise permits urban communities to know when and where fixes need to occur and manage them while saving money. The future is undoubtedly way smarter than it now is.


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Riya is an architectural designer, planner and thinker, currently working in New Delhi. She believes having a delightful livable environment irrespective of the area is what everybody must-have, since part of human psychology effects by what we see and what we feel by our senses.