In conclusion of my research, I have found that, although flawed, technology brings humanity numerous benefits, especially towards the architecture and interior design industry. No matter physical or virtual, and what scale technological advances are made, all innovations should be welcomed with open arms as a step further in humanity’s quest to understand and conquer issues dealt with science.

The following are my thoughts on arguments presented on my previous blog entry topics.

An argument exists that when society gets its hands on better material things and living conditions that it will want more and more thus generating more greed and more usage of raw materials and resources, combating the purpose of environmentally friendly or sustainable materials and building. We must not therefore succumb to humanity’s greed by combating it with living standards or product quality lower that it can be, on the contrary give the people the best and with that, educate them how to preserve the environment with natural design and against material, capitalistic views.

“Using softwares leads to disadvantages due to lack of user-control”, although very different from traditional techniques of sketching and rendering by hand, digital rendering, modeling and fabrication has far superior accuracy and results. In my opinion, traditional techniques can have benefits in where our brain naturally functions better with physically moving our arms to draw, but there is no reason to shun using the help of technology when manual techniques can be stacked with digital to work together and eventually come up with the best results for a design.

As for kinetic architecture, some may criticise that autonomous climate-responsive kinetic architecture elements are not a way of passive conditioning of a building’s interior and still requires energy to function. Although this is so, kinetic architecture is more efficient in controlling the building interior’s conditions compared to traditional devices such as louvres.

Regarding architectural technologies and its advancement in general, I believe that no advancement is wrong or a bad direction towards innovation, as with mistakes, we can only learn and adapt to previous experiences only if we’ve gone through them. With the help of these advances I am certain the innovations to come will not only come more rapidly, but be better than ever.


Kinetic Architecture (Part II): Technology for the Disabled

As far as we are concerned, most people will not go through their lives entirely able-bodied. At times of infancy, elderly, or injury, most people go through life having at least a little taste of disability, an inconvenience in mobility. Which is why it is necessary for architects and designers alike to build environments that are barrier-free and do not hinder the movement and freedom of anyone and fulfill the needs of everyone equally, most importantly to ensure safety, convenience and allow for independence of the disabled, which after all does not negatively affect any able-bodied person in any way. Architecture is about the thoughtful creation environments for the user, for them to inhabit and experience, after all (Malhotra, n.d).

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Kinetic Architecture (Part I): Introduction to Kinetic Architecture

You may have heard of retractable stadium roofs that extend to close up the stadium from the outside weather conditions, shielding its occupants from rain or sun, or have automatic gates at home so you don’t have to get out the car to manually open them while needing to face the weather conditions or even risk your safety. These are just some examples of kinetic architecture, and as you can tell, besides being attractive visually, kinetic structures can have the element of functionality, as well.

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Design Software (part II): Application of Digital Modeling and Fabrication

According to Iwamoto (2009), computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) has been a mainstay of industrial design and engineering and of manufacturing industries for more than half a century, and with its help, there is the potential for the architectural design process to move more fluidly between design and construction.

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Design Software (part I): Introduction to Digital Modeling and Fabrication

“Architecture continually informs and is informed by its modes of representation and construction, perhaps never more so than now, when digital media and emerging technologies are rapidly expanding what we conceive to be formally, spatially, and materially possible” (Iwamoto, 2009).

“It is inconceivable today to imagine designing buildings without the use of computers” (Iwamoto, 2009). Digital fabrication is said to have spurred a design revolution, pushing boundaries of architectural invention and innovation due to the technological advancement of this digital, computerised age where seemingly everything can be done on a small personal device able to be placed on a single table in our comfort. Digital fabrication is subsequently present in every step of the architectural design process, from the conceptual design stage to construction (Iwamoto, 2009).

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Material Technology (part II): Advancements in Material Technology

Material technology advancement and innovation may very well encourage and accelerate the speed of which entire cities are engineered and towns constructed while more land, materials and resources are used in the process. In humanity’s search for an answer to resolve the environmental crisis, is it still smart to focus on innovation while our planet is suffering partly because of it? Which comes to where the topic was previously left off, “is material technology even necessary?”, which was a trick question, because advancement is technically inevitable. But do not worry, the direction of innovation has shown itself to have shifted towards a movement for the environment rather than taking from it.

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Material Technology (part I): Introduction to Materials

Materials, material finishes, terms that do not come across as strange or unheard of, even to non-architects or interior designers as they are part of everyone’s everyday lives. Materials come in all shapes and sizes with vastly varying characteristics and chemical properties of which suitability is determined by different needs and type of building by the climate and also durability (Benitez, 2011). Besides the obvious factor of aesthetics, material selection should be considered carefully depending on the physical and chemical properties such as the fire, water and heat resistance, hardness, smoothness, etc.

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