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3 Big Digital Innovations in Architecture

Within architecture and in the wholesome processes of design and construction, digital tools are rapidly becoming more and more common these days. The Digital innovations in the field of Architecture can be defined as the use of new digital channels, relevant methodologies to improve the operation of architectural organizations, delivery of services, building design and other digital tools. Intricate tools like artificial intelligence, fabrication technologies, machine learning, and so on. There is an increased practice of using these tools in architecture schools, small, independent firms and international corporates.



The use of increased high-quality reality for construction, 3D printed architectural models, artificial intelligence within the design process etc. Rarely, an architectural project has not gone through the process of digitalization, especially within the design process or construction and it also includes how we experience the built environment and surroundings. The digitalization has extensively overcome the field of architecture.

Now, that we have an idea about digitalization in the field of architecture, let’s discuss some ways of how Digital Innovations are being used in the glorious world of Architecture.

1. The World of CAD (Computer-Aided Design)

From the early days of CAD (Computer-Aided Design) to the global use of BIM (Building Information Modelling), the architectural practice has widely enfolded technological change.

Today architects use computers and various software to create models and designs. CAD, the oldest and the fastest way to produce 2D designs by applying complex geometry and properties of physics to the design process, makes work a lot easier and faster. Some softwares even let architects get their hands-on information like the weather factors, environmental laws and the load-bearing capacity of the various building materials to make the design process more efficient.

Furthermore, many softwares have now launched programs for digital models including building and modelling information also known as Building Information Modelling (BIM), which can be used to build the 2D plan and 3D model simultaneously.

So that means, our time is being saved and we can finally relax for a bit and binge-watch the show we have been waiting for!

2. The Transition from 2D to 3D

From the time of creating flat 2D blueprints of plans using special printers and copiers, we have moved on to having a complete 3D visualization of our projects. Not only can we see all the exterior views of the building, but also the interior. An interior that is fully designed and functioning.

Today’s architect also has access to the infamous 3D printer that can be used to create prototypes and initial design models. This is not just handy for a professional architect but extremely helpful for architecture students as well.

Now, isn’t that fascinating?

3. Smart Buildings

Due to the risky weather and resource conditions, the world is rapidly moving towards sustainable and highly efficient buildings, in that regard, digitalization has remarkably helped through. With the incorporation of smart algorithms in Artificial Intelligence and digital architecture, the creation of intelligent, energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly buildings have also come forth widely.

Now, to sum it all up, it’s safe to say that we went from this….

…..all the way to this. All because of the technological advancements and digital innovations in the mighty field of architecture.

Nonetheless, digital innovations have certainly made the mighty field of architecture appear to look a lot more accessible and easier than it is. Trust us, it’s still not as easy as it looks. We are sure the people who live in the world of architecture, can certainly relate.

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