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How Digital Technology is Transforming the Architecture Industry

Technology is transforming businesses across a range of different industries, and it has been doing so for, well, almost all of recorded time. Architectural technological advancements, however, are among the most notable throughout history, as one of the most prominent records a culture leaves comes from the structures that they build. Technology and architecture are forever entangled, and new innovations that are transforming contemporary architecture may very well leave their mark on all of history. Here are just a few examples of how technology is transforming every aspect of the world of architecture.


3D Architectural Visualisation Technology

3D architectural visualisation technology is transforming the architecture industry in a number of ways. As explained by Cloud 9 architectural visualisation can prompt design improvements across the board. It also acts as the perfect marketing tool, allowing developers and property companies to advertise a property before any building work starts. The result of 3D architectural visualisation technology is that buildings are constructed faster, as clients understand projects more easily and have to change fewer things during the construction process. It is an informational tool at heart and does a good job of easily translating the complex architectural technicalities from the mind of the architects into easy-to-digest visual representations.


Green Materials for Eco-Friendly Buildings

 Did you know that the construction industry is responsible for 39% of the world’s carbon-based emissions? Few people do, but it is slowly growing recognition as a serious problem in a world of net-zero pledges. The use of green technology (like self-healing asphalt) can allow architects to create buildings that tick all the boxes: higher durability, more sustainable, and more environmentally friendly. These revolutions are not only true in the world of external construction, but in every aspect of building design – for example, buildings that have many digital appliances are designed to function as environmentally friendly as possible.


Generative Design Software

Generative design is a fascinating branch of architecture, based on evolutionary theory. It uses a computer to simulate thousands of different solutions to one design problem, marked by design goals, material specs, manufacturing methods and even budgets. The architect inputs these metrics into the software, which collates many different possible solutions and then tests them in simulations to come up with the best outcome possible, in a similar way to how genetic diversity and variation creates a species that is better adapted to its surroundings.


Conservation Technology

 Technology is being used in the conservation of famous or valued architectural landmarks. 3D printing is used extensively in attempts to recreate and rebuild damaged and intricate buildings. Laser 3D tech is the technology that is partly behind the attempt to recover the tragic loss of Notre Dame.

Scanners are also a great technological advancement, and technology that involves scanning has been used to create images of heritage sights across the world so that historical and cultural landmarks can be recreated. Scanning can also involve processing the data into augmented reality, making it possible to recreate ancient artefacts in such a way that they can be explored and studied in the modern day.

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