The Future is Now: How Technology Shapes Design in the New Age
In the smartphone age, it is easy to take the rapid evolution of technology for granted. How often do we appreciate that it is now possible to connect to anyone on earth, and access an infinite database of human knowledge from a gadget we all carry in our pockets?
A cavalcade of apps now exist to aid in interior design – from simulated spirit levels to apps that transform floor plans into three-dimensional forms, and apps by major paint brands that offer colour swatch matching. Augmented reality apps, like Augmented Furniture, use the phone’s inbuilt camera to overlay virtual information over real-world footage, to place customisable pieces within footage of the actual space.
The proliferation and availability of such apps, along with the omnipresent immediacy of the Internet, has provided clients with the tools to make a more informed decision, and the ability to liaise with suppliers and trades directly. Today’s designers are tasked with maintaining creative direction and providing original solutions for an increasingly design-savvy client base.
Designers, architects and built environment practitioners alike rely heavily on CAD software, to fast track the lengthy process of technical drafting. Programs such as Revit and ArchiCAD give businesses the ability to accurately previsualise projects, with proficient technicians now able to produce renders that are photo-realistic in appearance. Tenders are won and lost based on the quality of rendered imagery, and fly through footage. These are essential in facilitating clear visual communication between architect and client, and ensuring projects are delivered according to detailed plan.
Moreover, the effective application of BIM software gives practices more time to dedicate to optimise operations, and grow efficiency within the business. There is an expectation that the architecture, design and built environment industry remain abreast of updates to software, in a competitive global market. Continual and refreshed training alongside advances in new technologies is an investment in retaining a competitive edge.
This year, DesignBUILD will host a range of technology services for built environment practicioners, including 3D Property View, Luminova, Makerbot, Redstack, STUDIO 5253, Vantage Interactive, Building Point, Databuild, Flexijet Australia, Galuminum Group, Graphisoft, RubySketch and Workflow Max.