Technology plays an increasingly important role in society. It helps to improve almost every aspect of our life. Its constant improvement has pushed more and more people to work hard on designing innovative solutions that meet the needs of contemporary society and become more efficient. In this lesson, we will discuss how architecture helps to increase the sustainability and comfort in daily life.
Understanding technology and its role in architecture.
Of course, there is a growing trend of using technology in the design, engineering, and construction of buildings. While there is no doubt that technology has made design easier and more efficient, it has also raised issues that need to be addressed. When thinking about the role of technology in the practice of architecture, the first challenge is that this field is not exclusively technology-based. Architects face many limitations, and the role they play in society is not entirely determined by technology. Design, for instance, is a human activity that is based on aesthetics and values, so it is impossible for technology to replace this.
Challenges faced by architects and how technology could help.
The second issue regarding technology is related to its role in differentiating between the built environment and the digital one. Indeed, with the digital revolution’s growing influence, architecture has progressively become more connected with technology. Most people today regularly use technology to create our surroundings and daily life. They use their smartphones to order food, have meetings with clients or interact socially. As such, we are increasingly connected to each other and the world. The challenge comes when thinking about how much of our life is digital and how much we experience our built environment, since people are becoming more aware of how their daily activities are being mediated digitally and how that changes the way they engage with the built environment.
The way forward.
This point is highlighted in what is often called smart cities. Smart environments focus on using technology to help create a more cohesive and productive environment. Architects are working to create city hubs that will allow the citizen to interact with technology and build a connected space that meets their needs. A key challenge in smart city research is the integration of technology with architecture, which is where the field of “smart architecture” can contribute to developing more sustainable cities. Smart architecture involves the process of designing, developing and using technology in the design of the built environment. According to this field, we can say that the smart city is the result of a co-production of the city and the digital technologies that people use. It results from a combination of social, political and cultural factors, and is influenced by how we value the built environment and understand the role that technology plays in it. According to many scholars, therefore, smart architecture involves not only technological innovation and the integration of technology into the design process, but also the development of cities and policies that help in making them more user-centric.
The key challenge of the future is in creating technologies that are safe and respectful towards the environment. More importantly, these technologies should help us to understand and interact with our environment in a more intelligent way. Architectural design would then be the best starting spot to make this happen.