How technology shapes the future of design

When it's hard to keep up with the technical potential, it's important to know why you have to build something first.

Whether in designer products or architecture, designers are always committed to the intersection of cultural trends. But today, with the development of technology, these cultural trends are accelerating, some of which are so fast that it is difficult to integrate them into planning, design and development before being replaced.

Thirty years ago, the Internet and mobile phones were new, and no one knew what impact they would have. Today, more than 3 billion people own smartphones, and the fantasy of science fiction writers is becoming a reality. We meet through teleconferences, augmented reality and virtual reality are becoming mainstream, while machine learning and AI are managing extremely complex data sets and changing the potential of people's lives and workspaces.

Nest, Hive, Smarthome and other home automation applications are changing the way we manage homes. Together with Cortana, Alexa and other personal assistants, the way we shop, play and manage time is changing. As the speed of technological innovation far exceeds human behavior, we have to wonder whether artificial intelligence will become a tool in the hands of designers or whether it will become the chief architect of the autonomous, and will give the environment a harmonious and beneficial key to our we? Every demand?

Hamburg's BIQ buildings have a "biocompatible" façade that uses algae to generate energy in its glass panel façade. Photo: Paul Otter

Connectivity is becoming the fourth utility, the foundation for all new changes, from new computing architectures, smart software, and of course the Internet of Things in the build environment. The ability to correlate large data sets has changed the way buildings form the way people work. At Qubis Pharma, there is a correlation between higher sales and higher cross-departmental interactions, which cannot be discovered without the ability to query data. These findings can change the way companies want their employees to do business.

Accelerating development is not just about computing architectures and data sets. New materials and new methods are changing everything. A piece of candy-sized metal organic frame (MOF) porous material can have the same surface area as a soccer field. Splitterwerk architect and engineering firm Arup designed BIQ in Hamburg, which has a “biocompatible” façade and is said to be the first building to use algae to generate energy and provide shadows for work in its glass panel façade. . put up.

The need for sustainable development is changing the way we do it. An example is Building 8 in the Orestad area of ​​Copenhagen. The development was designed by BIG and is designed to reduce energy, water consumption and waste, but it is also a new type of residential community. It takes all the elements of the city's neighborhood into a 3D octal figure, hence the name. The entire community is connected in a bow-tie space where three different types of houses, commercial and commercial operations, interact. The idea behind the building is to create a new form of community, an affordable living space, and a combination of business as part of a grand design for a new lifestyle.

On the 8th floor, all the ingredients of an active urban community are packaged into a horizontal floor that connects to the 10th floor through a continuous promenade and bicycle path. Photo: Jens Lindhe

Ambition must serve reality

"It's important to make a point about what we can do and whether it's worth doing. It's important to have a vision, not just to make it possible," Owen King of Futurism consultancy Unwork pointed out.

The future of design will be more about how we handle our time through a range of technically supported options. The need for sustainability and mitigation of climate change impacts will also require advanced technology solutions to increase energy efficiency. The role of designers and architects will be to anticipate people's interactions with technology and provide them with products, living and working spaces to help solve the many challenges of the 21st century world.

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