Architecture and Technology – How They Work Together
Developing new technology helps the entire world. We have become reliant on it to help us with everything from learning, entertainment, business to providing us with food and water. All of that is due to our dedication and work as a species, to become the best we can be. With that in mind, plenty of disciplines and industries benefited from technology, some more some less. Architecture had direct benefits from technology and here are some of them.
Design Software – Speed and Security
One of the best things to happen to architecture is the software. The software allowed architects to make blueprints with ease. While they still had to do everything, it was digital. Mistakes were easily corrected with the tap or press of a button. You could save and load your project and make copies in a heartbeat. Your project would never be lost due to cloud storage. This made the work of architects much easier and less of a nuisance, not to mention that their work was now safer, for everyone.
3D Renders – Visual Representations of Ideas
While drawing a blueprint is one part of designing a building, people used to build models by hand to try and present a design to investors and potential business partners. Today, you can, with lots of skill and experience, design a 3D representation of a room, with realistic lighting and perspective, where every object would have its place, as it would in reality. This can help everyone not only imagine, but see the object’s interior and exterior in person, to an extent.
3D Printing – Models Coming to Life
3D printing is one of our greatest inventions of recent times. It allows us to 3D print anything, meaning objects and even organs. Astronauts on the International Space Station can 3D print tools if they find they lack some, and not have them delivered from Earth every time something remotely bad happens.
People have got organs 3D printed, which means that we can do almost anything with the right design and materials.
That means that architects can and have already, easily made plenty of models of their buildings, objects and interiors, giving a representation of something, at a certain scale.
Virtual Reality – Visualise the Design
Nothing beats seeing something in person. If you could walk through the building you wanted to build, that would be perfect, prior to its construction, of course. Virtual reality makes that possible. Imagine a 3D render, but one which you see through a headset, like you are actually there. Your camera/character can move and walk around, experiencing the interior as if you were there in person.
Technology has helped many disciplines, arts and sciences improve and get better. Architecture is one of them. With better software, hardware, and new ways of presenting blueprints and designs, everything that architecture was once, is now easier. Less drawing on paper and more drawing on tablets and using computers. It is a great time to be an architect.