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The year 2020 was marked by the COVID-19 pandemic. The construction industry was likewise affected by the measures taken to combat the pandemic. In many countries, construction sites were partially or completely closed, and tasks were carried out from home where possible.
First inhabited by the Aboriginal locals some 50,000 years ago, Sydney was one of the most significant cities in the Western world by the 19th century. Currently home to over 5 million Sydneysiders, it remains Australia's most populous city and commercial center.
Despite different architectural styles, histories, and locations, Westminster Abbey, Cathedrals of Milan and Cologne, the Palace of Alhambra, and Stonehenge have many things in common. They're all iconic landmarks visited by millions of people a year.
While remote and technology-assisted learning was already on the rise, the COVID-19 pandemic made it an inevitability for millions of students of all levels around the world. Depending on their local and national public health regulations, some educational institutions have re-opened, some experiment with hybrid models of learning, and some continue a fully remote education.
From flexible working schedules to plants, or designs to maximize the daylight, workplace well-being has been at the forefront of the architectures of offices in the last decade. Growing scientific interest and countless resulting studies stress the importance of creating workplaces that positively impact team members' health and comfort.
Even though construction remains one of the least digitized industries, the rising adaptation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) shows how easily the right technologies are included in existing processes. From early prototypes in the 1970s to mature models of the 2010s, BIM has experienced a huge development.
Buildings and construction are responsible for 39 percent of the carbon emissions in the world. Operational emissions, meaning the energy required to heat, cool, or light a building, account for 28 percent of overall emissions.
Since the world's first modern skyscraper was built in Chicago in 1885, high-rise buildings of over 40 floors have become a norm for dense urban centers. They're now almost a symbol of urban progress and architectural achievement. Since 2000, global skyscraper construction rose by 402 percent.
By now, Building Information Modelling (BIM) is as ubiquitous as pen and paper in architectural design and it continues to grow. By 2027, the BIM software market's global value will reach USD 15 billion, almost tripling from USD 5.2 billion in 2019. But the history of BIM is only just beginning.
Over the last decades, natural disasters have been growing in strength and frequency as a result of climate change. The number of weather-related disasters has tripled over the previous 30 years. Furthermore, among the 20,000 earthquakes that shake the world every year, about 16 are in the magnitude of seven or higher.
As their planes descend on the Zurich Airport, passengers can catch a glimpse of a boomerang-shaped structure enveloping a 80,000 square-meter greenery and an attractive complex that will fulfill all their needs. What the travelers might see is The Circle.
While buildings fulfill the most basic human needs like shelter and security, architecture impacts the emotional state of any person who interacts with it. Whether it's intended or not, a building can provoke a range of emotions such as belonging, awe, fear, or hope.