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Future Architecture

THE FUTURE OF ARCHITECTURE

Future Architecture

You live in a house, you work in an office, you send your kids to a school. These places aren’t just the backdrop to your life, they shape your life-they define who you see, what you see, and how you see it.

Architecture impacts how you feel every day, which isn’t surprising considering how much time we all spend inside buildings. Yet so many of our buildings leave us without natural light, shelter us with low ceilings, and ignore our personal, social, and environmental needs. It doesn’t have to be like this. We can control this powerful force-we just have to start asking more from our buildings.

The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings book by Marc Kushner considers the public to be a partner in architecture. Architects have the know-how to design buildings that are greener, smarter, and friendlier-and now the public is a partner in this ambition. The questions we can ask of buildings, and of architects, will create a new future—one that will look a lot different than the world we know today.

METROPOL PARASOL - SEVILLE, SPAIN - J. MAYER H. ARCHITECTS
METROPOL PARASOL - SEVILLE, SPAIN - J. MAYER H. ARCHITECTS

CAN ARCHITECTURE BE A PATH INTO THE CLOUDS?

These viewing platforms hover above the Trollstigen road, a mountainous tourist path that twists and turns up near-vertical slopes and perches on a dramatic pass between Norway’s deep fjords. Humans may only visit—and build—there in the summer, when the weather is less harsh, but the platforms must withstand weather conditions year-round. Though the route delicately threads through the treacherous terrain, it relies on remarkable strength and careful engineering to stand the test of Norway’s harsh elements.

The best architecture makes us forget how hard it works.

TROLLSTIGEN NATIONAL TOURIST ROUTE TROLLSTIGEN, NORWAY REIULF RAMSTAD ARKITEKTER
TROLLSTIGEN NATIONAL TOURIST ROUTE -TROLLSTIGEN, NORWAY - REIULF RAMSTAD ARKITEKTER

WOULD YOU EAT DINNER IN A SEWER PIPE?

Just try not to think about it-stacked precast concrete pipes traditionally used for wastewater become a dramatic, sculptural addition to an existing pub. Lined with wood, they create intimate dining nooks for those inside, and a sense of voyeurism for those who pass by.

Function follows form.

PRAHAN HOTEL MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA TECHNE ARCHITECTS
PRAHAN HOTEL -MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - TECHNE ARCHITECTS

CAN WE LIVE ON THE MOON?

When we all eventually live on the moon, we’ll need to be protected from gamma radiation. This four-person dwelling will do just that, providing shelter from huge temperature swings and meteorites. Inflatable domes give the structure its unique shape. Robots powered by solar energy will 3-D print moon dust (regolith) onto its surface, creating a protective shell that is ultralightweight because it requires no glue or other fasteners—its particles bond together naturally. Architects have created a 1.5-ton mock-up and have tested small modules inside a vacuum chamber. Look for the first structure soon at the moon’s south pole.

Architectural ingenuity isn’t earthbound.

LUNAR HABITATION (CONCEPT) FOSTER + PARTNERS WITH EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY
LUNAR HABITATION (CONCEPT) - FOSTER + PARTNERS WITH EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY

CAN SUPER HIGHWAYS MAKE GOOD HOUSES?

We have all driven on highways without realizing their enormousness. This house awakens us to the scale of our transportation infrastructure. It’s made using huge precast concrete beams that are traditionally fabricated for highway construction. A series of seemingly impossible cantilevers make us rethink our perceptions of gravity and scale. And check out that swimming pool!

Rethinking the obvious can create something entirely new.

HEMEROSCOPIUM HOUSE MADRID, SPAIN ENSAMBLE STUDIO
HEMEROSCOPIUM HOUSE - MADRID, SPAIN - ENSAMBLE STUDIO

It’s clear that there is no perfect, universal solution for the future of architecture. All across the globe, architects are eagerly working with clients and skilled builders to design unique buildings, tailored to changing environmental and social needs. And they need your help. Study up on the latest ideas in architecture. Talk with the people designing the places where you spend your time. Talk with your neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family, and together, insist on good architecture,

Remember: Architecture doesn’t just represent your community-it shapes your society. If you ask architecture to work for you, and to reflect the priorities of your community and the Earth, you will be amazed by the possibilities architecture can bring to every aspect of your life.

Source: The future of architecture in 100 buildings by Marc Kushner

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