WTF is Architecture of the Future

13-2-2019

Modern architectural firms are increasingly similar to the laboratories of the future, where employees work not only with futuristic forms and innovative materials, but also with philosophical concepts that fundamentally change the perception, functions, and mission of architecture. Within the framework of the Architecture of the Future conference, we want not only to go deeper and grasp the meaning of their practice and the possibilities of new technologies, but to welcome and adapt existing approaches, technologies and experience.

New approaches

Architects create innovative concepts that combine innovative technologies, research, and unorthodox design methods. Bringing nature back to overcrowded cities, reducing pollution and noise, and taking into account the needs of all segments of the population are just a few of the tasks that modern architecture faces.

Progressive designers consider successful urban design not so much and not only as creating green spaces and using eco-friendly materials, but in the context of how resources are spent, redistributed and renewed.

Technologies that benefit people help to respond to the needs of the city. For example, in Paris there is a project in which the heat from the Paris Metro is used to heat buildings. And in Hamburg, the first ever house in the world has been delivered with a bioactive louvered façade of seaweed which releases the energy to power the building when multiplying.

Steel bridge designed with 3D printer by MX3D company / Cedar Tower project in Lausanne / Residential project with a bioactive louvered façade in Hamburg

Trendsetters argue that the interaction of technology with people (in case of architecture, both the authors of the projects and their users) will be decisive in the near future. New reality opens up unique opportunities, examples of which can be assessed today within the framework of the first day of the Architecture of the Future 2019 conference, which will be devoted to the City of the Future.

New technologies

Conceptual and conscious design requires maximum synchronization of new technologies, materials and the surrounding nature. And it is especially important that in the process of working on a project there are opportunities for experiments and access to advanced information. Then the authors’ thinking is formed completely differently: more openly, diversely and boldly.

Such an approach, which architects and urbanists increasingly use in their work, is able to bring the urban context closer to real human needs. Vertical walls and even entire buildings (for example, the acclaimed project of the Tower of Cedars skyscraper in Lausanne with a green area of ​​more than 3 000 square meters) helps to solve the problem of lack of space for parks and public gardens. 3D printers (even desktop ones) offer incredible opportunities for experimenting with shapes and materials.

Thanks to people-oriented design thinking, ideas such as collecting energy in crowded places are born. For example, floodlights are powered by a football field in Rio de Janeiro, an active pedestrian area in London produces energy for street lamps, and solar panels under the bike lanes in the Netherlands provide energy to several nearby houses. And even though these projects are single and experimental, their success pushes architects to create even more boldly, and city authorities to more actively allocate funding for such smart solutions.

We will talk a lot about the future of residential, social and cultural spaces on the second day of the Architecture of the Future 2019 conference, and not only with architects, since it is also important to hear the views of real estate companies and city officials.

New meanings

Modern architecture is becoming not only high-tech, but also increasingly adaptive and personalized. In the past, architects relied on analogue methods for working with form: drawings and layouts. Today 3D tools are used to shape and convey an idea. This helps not only to assess the visual value of the future project, but also to test the reaction of different groups of the population in real time in order to take their needs and demands into account in the future.

Within the framework of the third day of the conference, we will talk about the concept of the future and the role of new technologies in its unfolding.

Yet already now it is quite clear that the concepts of the future will certainly not only take into account common goals, but also include opportunities for maximum personalization. Today it is not enough for the project to have a meaningful content only. Improving the quality of life of each individual in the future will be a secret key.

See you at the Architecture of the Future 2019 conference, October 9-11, 2019, M82 Exhibition Centre.