Top Architectural Phenomena of 2019

Architectural design and innovation in 2019 has displayed a number of phenomena that are of interest to the architect as well as to the general public. Below we will discuss some of the pertinent trends in 2019 and going forward.

Increased Interest in Tiny Homes

There is debate as to whether this trend has emerged as a response to living in a more ecologically responsible manner or whether this in more a pure response to financial pressure. Perhaps it is a bit of both. The new designs in this area really started accelerating in 2018 and showed more growth and innovation in 2019. The small scale designs show amazing functionality that also incorporates ‘green building’ ideas. On top of this, they counter the notion that an individual must spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to live comfortably in an aesthetically pleasing environment.

Digital Influence on Architecture & Construction

From residential houses to larger commercial applications, the advent of a variety of leading-edge technologies have greatly impacted the fields of architecture and construction. Computers have long been used in these fields, utilizing CAD software. Moving into 2019 and beyond, however, this trend is moving into a whole new paradigm with the use of technologies such as virtual reality (VR) and 3D printing. In 2019, 3D printing is also delivering a dramatic shift to architecture and construction. This is true throughout a number of different stages in the overall process, from design and modeling to actual physical production and building of 21st century architectural wonders. This new technology is truly redefining this whole area of the human experience.

Greener Designs in Urban Planning

Looking at much wider picture when planning for new development as well as city expansions, planners in this field in 2019 are now putting things like soil and water management center stage. The overall concept of Landscape Urbanism has now taken hold in the fields of architectural design and implementation. Another term that has become part of this new perspective is “Permaculture.” This may be thought of as an entire system of design principles that incorporates social, economic, political as well as environmental factors. This has influenced how public spaces are designed and implemented, and includes the subset concept of Urban Farming.

Smart Houses and Robotics for Modern Living

For some, perhaps, images come to mind of the Jetsons and their ultra-modern way of living. In 2019, such a vision is not too far from the truth. The concept of a “smart house” and the technologies that would power it has been around for quite some time. In 2019, though, this trend has greatly accelerated. The aforementioned article in Archdaily reports that overall interest in smart houses has increased 160% year over year compared to 2018. “Smart home,” in fact, has become a part of the modern lexicon. Wikipedia defines “smart home technology” as an overall infrastructure that uses devices such as sensors linked together via the Internet to be a part of the Internet of Things (IoT.) Appliances and devices linked by IoT can be remotely monitored and controlled.

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