Like any creative industry, the field of architecture is constantly evolving. Trends and best practices are forever being updated, revised and revamped as new technology, fresh ideas and innovative leaders burst onto the scene. So, what’s next? Check out these three up-and-coming trends destined to sweep the industry soon.
The source explained that, while this trend has yet to reach mainstream firms, those in the field willing to experiment have achieved notable success. In California, for example, a group of architects used the technology to build a viable earthquake-proof column. Constructing a single building block of such strength is impressive, but Gizmag pointed to a Chinese architectural organization, Winsun, as truly taking 3D printing to the next level.
According to the source, Winsun exclusively used 3D-printed building materials to construct 10 houses in one 24-hour period. Not only were these compact structures safe for people to live in, but each residence cost less than $5,000 to create. The high-efficiency and low cost of 3D printing has many in the industry looking to it as the future of low-income housing construction.
Domain explained that mid-century modern architecture, which was created between 1933 and 1965, focuses on creating harmony between indoor and outdoor spaces. Natural light is an important factor in this balance, which is why many industry professionals inspired by this trend use large windows and transitional areas, like patios, to promote an architectural flow.
GB&D reported that many architects are experimenting with ways to add green areas to otherwise urban or industrial spaces as another measure of environmental awareness. Industry professionals are installing grassy plots onto city roofs. In addition to adding aesthetically interesting natural layers to cityscapes, these small oases have numerous other benefits.
“We should be able to measure water retention, energy savings, a reduced heat island effect, and a healthier environment overall,” Landscape architect David Yocca told GB&D in reference to green roofs.