28-30 Apr 2020
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

DesignBUILD 2019 | Day three addresses naturalising cities and the use of technology in design and construction

May 16, 2019 Uncategorised

Australia’s industry leaders in architecture, design and construction came together for the final day of DesignBUILD, with sessions focusing on generative design, naturalising cities and the future of construction.

Australia’s industry leaders in architecture, design and construction came together for the final day of DesignBUILD, with sessions focusing on generative design, naturalising cities and the future of construction.

Speaking today, Nando Mogollon of Central Innovation, explored the basic concepts and trends behind generative design, artificial intelligence and machine learning, within the the context of architectural design and building information modelling [BIM].

According to Mogollon, embracing these technologies is the way forward for the architecture, engineering and construction industries to take advantage of data to derive knowledge-based insights and outcomes.

In the afternoon, Professor Andrew Harris of Laing O’Rourke offered an insight into the use of technological advancements to deliver innovative best practice solutions in the building and construction industry.

He discussed the changes coming to the building profession and to the practice of engineering as a whole – looking at advancements in robotics, big data, additive manufacturing (3D printing) and intelligent infrastructure.

One of the final sessions of this year’s conference was a presentation from esteemed architect Koichi Takada, who discussed the role of architects in naturalising cities, in the context of Australia and worldwide.

Questioning how to make architectural design healthier, Takada emphasised the importance of humanising design, respecting heritage and neighbourhoods to offer something that is both unique but complementary to its surroundings.

With regards to design, Takada’s philosophy centres upon embodying the natural landscape and taking advantage of each individual context. He added that architects today are creating cities for the next generation and questioned why shouldn’t Australia be the greenest country in the world.

DesignBUILD 2019 came to a close today following a successful three days of unrivalled networking, debate and conversation. DesignBUILD will return next year in Melbourne.

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