We used to watch giant space stations hovering over distant planets in movies and wondered will this ever come true. However, the technological advancement evident in modern building designs has given us many reasons to become excited.
Over the past twenty years, the design and construction industry has evolved with leaps and bounds, and the focus has shifted from spatial complexes to highly efficient compact designs. A designer has now access to a large number of applications, and to start the journey, one can begin with free CAD software and create great designs.
Energy efficiency and greenery are in demand more than ever. However, today’s building designers are facing several tech-related challenges. The article below will discuss some of them.
Owing to the urgent nature of the Climate change phenomenon, Europe has mandated that houses built in the continent after next year will have zero energy consumption. The most pressing tech-based challenge for designers is to incorporate thermodynamic into their projects for low energy consumption. Modern buildings will need efficient insulation, water-saving features, and smaller consumption machines and household appliances.
The designers will need to utilize sunlight and wind energy to achieve low to zero carbon emissions.
- Incorporation of non-linear construction model
The linear construction model involves the following four steps:
The problem with the linear construction model is that it eats enormous amounts of natural resources and in the end, produces lots of unwanted waste materials. The modern designer faces the challenge of reusing waste materials and efficiently make use of natural resources. He will have to use materials that have a circular life cycle. It means all those materials are manufactured from waste. However, the biggest challenge will be to design buildings made of natural objects like straw and bamboo, etc. These are all reusable materials that produce minimum waste even after completing their useful life.
- Land Scarcity
It is also one of the most urgent challenges faced by today’s building designers. The world’s rapidly growing population has rendered living space spaces. Most designers are advising that the time is to expand vertically. Moreover, building designs need to make intelligent use of space to accommodate residential as well as commercial units. But, this is not all; the designer will also be required to assimilate public spaces despite the pressures of a growing population.
- Sustainable Designs
Sustainability will be the biggest challenge faced by the building architect. Sustainable design is open that is economically more sustainable and long-lasting. This attribute is a must in modern building design. Building designers have already begun working on buildings that are long-lasting and comfortable, yet eco-friendly.
- Collaborative Designing
The role of the architect has evolved completely. In the future, it will be very different from the one we are used to seeing. The architecture team will be a mix of many specialists, including environmentalists, anthropologists, and medical practitioners. The future designs will contain all the inputs of all these people who possess unique and practical knowledge in their fields.
- Virtual Reality in Architecture
It is the final challenge on our list faced by designers. Virtual reality has allowed creating spaces with the help of computer graphics and associated gadgets and accessories that blend to provide an exceptional real-life experience. Designers have already begun working on such projects that allow the user to immerse themselves in the design with the help of VR. However, the real challenge here is to design buildings that are entirely compatible with the VR models so that they can be exact replicas of the VR versions.
The Final Word
The designs are evolving at an unprecedented pace, and the designer of today is facing numerous challenges that are difficult as well as exciting. It is, however, clear that the buildings of tomorrow will be very different from the ones that we are used to seeing.