Welcome you, whom may have stumbled upon my humble little blog accidentally, and welcome! You might have noticed that this blog is centralised around topics regarding architecture, and that, my friend, you are absolutely right. This blog was created for the intention of studying and discussing the topic of technology in interior architecture and design, and more specifically, whether we like it or not, technology is evolving and changing architecture itself. So without further ado, allow me to present you my research.
The rapid growth since the industrial revolution has undoubtedly changed the fate of the world in way of spectacular technological innovations, providing us, lucky inhabitants of the 21st century, more conveniences and opportunities than ever before. According to the Oxford Dictionary, technology is defined as the “application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes”. The entire idea behind advancement, especially technologically speaking with advancements in machines or softwares, is to “raise the level of productivity” (Uppal, 2012) by reducing the need for manpower, replacing humans at jobs that require minimal brain power and thinking with robots so that humanity can progress and focus on newer creations and innovations, furthermore to ease the lives of humans by technological assistance in our day-to-day lives, making life more comfortable in line with the continuous increase in the general living standard of society.
Technology never stops advancing. From ancient civilisations to a new and increasingly globalised community, humans share an everlasting trait of curiousity and thirst for exploration, discovery, and creation.
“During the last ten years, the practice of architecture has changed radically. The commercial availability of complex software and its reliant hardware technologies has created a fast, accurate and globally transferable design culture and community. These changes to the architectural profession will continue; they will not stabilise into some kind of desirable commercial optimum” (Spiller, 2008).
Technologies can be expressed in different forms, such as physical machinery or virtual softwares. In terms of technology for architecture, advancements made targeting to ease the design process, assist in selling the design with convincing visuals, mechanical architectural elements or materials themselves, etc. With advancements we are able to minimise the time required to work on a project yet have accurate and satisfying results with the work done, both for the architect (or designer) and client.
With that said, this blog will further discuss matters regarding studies on these aspects, their properties, as well as pros and cons that they may bring to eventually conclude whether technology brings more benefits or disadvantages to the interior architecture and design industry.
Oxford Dictionary (n.d), Technology [online] available at: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/technology [accessed: 11 June 2017].
Spiller, N. (2008), Digital Architecture Now, United Kingdom: Thames & Hudson Ltd., p. 9.
Uppal, S.M. (2012), ‘The Key to Scientific Advancement’, JAGST 14(1), p.1-2.