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4 out-there architecture trends that may be the new normal

By On Oct 12 2016

4 out-there architecture trends that may be the new normal

Far be it for us to thumb our nose at new and unbelievable architecture trends—ZUM3D has built its reputation at embracing unheard-of technologies and methodologies that take the world by storm. In fact, a few of the most surprising and innovative ideas are just now surfacing, leaving industry leaders like us to think-up new ways to put them to use. Take a look at a few of the more surprising trends in the world of architecture that are sure to change the game.

Automated construction

If architecturally-inclined robots seems like science fiction to you, then it may be worth the effort to take a peek at what Coop Himmelb(l)au has been up to in recent years. Namely, their construction of the Museum of Contemporary art in China which did just that. Today, everything from homes to bridges are using specially-designed mechanical workers to save us the trouble.

Floating homes

While Thai cultures have been practicing this trend for centuries, many architects around the world are finding new and exciting ways to incorporate water into their buildings. In London, Baca Architects have designed a whole colony of floating homes in the city’s canal system. It is a solution that provides an interesting response to the problems of climate change and overpopulation.

Going greener

While the push toward sustainable architecture is nothing new, many buildings are taking the green trend to a much more literal level, incorporating an abundance of plant life into their overall design. There are tons of examples all over the world, but Vo Trong Nghia Architect’s Ho Chi Minh high rises are a great example.

Crowdsourced buildings

While funding a new product or piece of software through sites like Indiegogo.com may not seem all that surprising these days, how about an entire building? Back in 2011, +pool did just that in New York City, by gathering over 4,500 Kickstarter donations to find their water-filtering public pool in the Hudson River. Since then dozens of buildings all over the world are taking a similar strategy.

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is a founding partner of ZUM3D. She has been working in the architecture/planning/technology fields for over 20 years in NYC. Wendy holds a masters degree in planning and one in architecture and has a BA in Marine Biology.

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