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Architecture trends that would have shocked your parents

By On Dec 7 2016

Architecture trends that would have shocked your parents

To the delight of hard-core architecture junkies the world of building-design is growing ever more diversified. Take a look at some of the most recent architecture trends to find out you can expect from the coming years.

Public or private?

Architects are always looking for new ways to maximize space and address issues of overpopulation in various countries. However, one side-effect of this pursuit is the evolution of never-before-seen methods of blending public and private space. CF Moller’s philosophy is that an architect’s responsibility extends beyond the client and includes the city, neighborhood, and block that their buildings occupy. One of their new residential high-rises will include a public recycling facility that anyone can use.

 

Streamlined file-to-fabrication

The early years of the new millennium brought exciting new high-tech developments for architecture, like 3D printing, drones, and more powerful modeling engines, but what more recent years have brought us may be even more valuable—smart integration of these new tools. The big news in 2016 is a more efficient link between design and construction, cutting out unnecessary software and allowing for a more united workflow across the industry as a whole. Autodesk Revit 2017 will be one of the first programs to make this leap and is expected for release later this year.

 

Function over form

Today more and more big-name architects are distinguishing themselves for more than just the outward appearance of their buildings, with a greater emphasis than ever on social architecture, green architecture, or architecture that seeks to respond to a particular challenge. Take a look at NBBJ’s Tencent campus which designed its complex system of corridors to encourage as many spontaneous run-ins between employees. In addition to making a powerful visual impact, the building is expected to show measurable benefits to the companies that inhabit them.

 

Outdoor living

On the residential front, home-dwellers are showing a greater desire to spend time outdoors. For home-designers this means finding solutions that go beyond the standard patio or deck, and into outdoor kitchens and well-furnished outdoor lounges. It is just one of the more noteworthy examples of the incorporation of more fluid floor plans into our homes.

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about the author

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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