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The Architecture of Connection: A Case for Technology in the Practice of the Future BY CRAIG PARK, ASSOC. AIA


Washington University in St. Louis School of Social Work. Photograph by The Sextant Group.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.� ARTHUR C. CLARKE



At its core, the practice of architecture is all about potential and connection. Listening, imagining, creating, and solving. Along the way, connecting, communicating, and constructing. The profession shapes the future of the built environment through eyes trained to seek potential enabled by the connection of team-based, client-focused collaboration. Today, potential and connection are enhanced through a seemingly ever-growing, ever-evolving sea change of technologies. Leveraging that advancement is critical to both creating a sustainable practice that competes effectively in a progressive and interlinked global economy, and creating technologically and sustainable projects for your clients. Understanding how clients are using technology to compete in the international marketplace, collaborating with more efficiencies and effectiveness, and communicating higher value, extends the significance of architects as service providers beyond that of the traditional design practice. Some of the tech trends impacting design practices are a natural evolution (think version updates; 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, etc.) from computational tools that have been in use in some form since the 1960s. Those early programs, created with punch-card user data, were veritable Neolithic tools compared with the 3D design and rendering tools available now. Other trends are truly revolutionary and will undoubtedly have significant impact on the future of the practice. The growing field of data analytics and informatics, the rise of internet-connected sensor-based monitoring and control of anything, and the rapid development of virtual visualization technologies, only touch the surface of change on the horizon.

Design Equilibrium 2017  

With a goal of educating and stimulating discussion on art, architecture and the built environment, Design Equilibrium is an annual magazine...

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