Building Information Modelling (BIM) had its beginnings in the 1970s, as the design innovators from the United States, Western Europe, and the Soviet Block competed to create a software solution to disrupt the architecture. Thanks to this technology, which keeps growing and optimizing itself, in the late 20th century, modern architecture went through a mini-renaissance.
Construction is notoriously a conservative domain. It's among the least digitized sectors, but also one of the most wasteful, generating 35 percent of the global landfill mass. Yet, with the rise of urbanization and population around the world, the need for new buildings, hence, construction, is direr than ever.
With internet access reaching the farthest corners of the world, a new kind of industrial revolution is reforming the work as we know it. As of 2019, more than 26 million workers in the United States alone – comprising 16 percent of the overall workforce – telecommuted to their jobs.
Thanks to a growing body of research about the link between smart hospital design and excellent medical outcomes, interiors of healthcare facilities are no longer an afterthought. For the reasons highlighted below, the impact of doors and entrance systems on the day-to-day life in hospitals and public health is immeasurable.
Even though architecture's development depends on the turns of the global economy, the way people build houses never fails to reflect the demographic shifts, top concerns, and aspirations. Following rapid urbanization, peaking environmental concerns, and the cultural shift brought by the generational changes, the architecture trends we expect to see in 2020 are no exception.
For businesses to truly succeed, they must invest in sustainable development and for the Sustainable Development Goals to succeed, business will be the lynchpin of success
The rain cascades through the oculus in the middle of a giant dorm. People walk up a spiraling forest, which's trees keep changing colors with undulating lights. Among the living plants like palms, fig-trees, orchids, and anthurium, a robot glides on the floor to regulate the traffic. This scene isn't from a science fiction movie, but a regular occurrence at Singapore's Changi Airport.
Fires are among the most dangerous and costly accidents that can happen in a building. In 2018, in the US alone, there was a civilian fire death every 2 hours and 24 minutes, taking almost 3,000 lives and costing USD 25.6 billion in direct property loss.
Responding to the instinct to protect themselves, our ancestors always sought ways to secure their belongings. Archaeologists believe it was Ancient Egyptians who graduated to the first lock from making simple knots using rope or other materials about 4,000 years ago. This was a pin tumbler lock made entirely of wood.
The world has just over a decade to prevent climate change from escalating beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius. If not, any further rise in temperatures might have catastrophic effects on droughts, floods, and famine for millions of people.
Dozens of buildings crumpled when a deadly earthquake hit Mexico City in 2017, but its gleaming Torre Reforma survived with just a few cracks. It's often said 'Earthquakes don't kill people, buildings do'.
Tech-powered Tokyo is already the world's most innovative city. However, as the city is diving even deeper into upgrading its tech game in preparation for the Tokyo 2020, the Japanese capital may soon be even more futuristic.
For 60 years, the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO) in Virginia has proven small but mighty. Its terminal takes up just an acre and a half with 50 flights that take off and arrive daily from a single runway. For comparison, the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, located an eight-hour drive south, has a terminal complex of over 156 acres with 2,700 flights daily.
Fast forward to the 21st century, electronic access control (EAC) systems use electronic locks, computerized programs, and credentials, which take the place of standard keys. EAC is highly customizable, making it a good option for anyone looking to bolster a building's security, and give access to authorized individuals.