3D​ ​Printed​ ​buildings,​ ​rotating​ ​skyscrapers,​ ​prefabricated buildings,​ ​sky​ ​cities,​ ​green​ ​communities​ ​-​ ​these​ ​are​ ​all buzz​ ​words​ ​within​ ​the​ ​current​ ​built​ ​environment. Understanding​ ​trends,​ ​knowing​ ​about​ ​latest​ ​products and​ ​inventions​ ​and​ ​being​ ​able​ ​to​ ​solve​ ​design​ ​problems with​ ​new​ ​technology​ ​and​ ​thinking​ ​-​ ​all​ ​this​ ​plays​ ​a​ ​vital role,​ ​no​ ​matter​ ​which​ ​design​ ​field​ ​you​ ​work​ ​in.
This​ ​desire​ ​for​ ​knowledge​ ​comes​ ​with​ ​your​ ​personal interest​ ​in​ ​what​ ​is​ ​happening​ ​in​ ​the​ ​world​ ​around​ ​you​ ​- but​ ​is​ ​that​ ​the​ ​only​ ​reason?​ ​Does​ ​your​ ​knowledge​ ​and background​ ​not​ ​also​ ​contribute​ ​to​ ​the​ ​value​ ​you​ ​can bring​ ​to​ ​your​ ​assignments​ ​whilst​ ​being​ ​a​ ​student,​ ​later contributing​ ​to​ ​your​ ​ability​ ​in​ ​solving​ ​a​ ​client’s​ ​project, not​ ​to​ ​mention​ ​making​ ​you​ ​a​ ​more​ ​viable​ ​individual​ ​and asset​ ​to​ ​future​ ​employers?​ ​All​ ​the​ ​above!

How​ ​does​ ​one​ ​stay​ ​on​ ​track​ ​with​ ​what​ ​is​ ​happening​ ​in the​ ​built​ ​environment?​ ​With​ ​instant​ ​online​ ​information to​ ​the​ ​international​ ​architectural​ ​stage,​ ​simply​ ​taking​ ​30 minutes​ ​a​ ​week​ ​to​ ​read​ ​and​ ​research​ ​the​ ​latest​ ​building projects​ ​that​ ​have​ ​been​ ​completed​ ​around​ ​the​ ​world, seeing​ ​if​ ​there​ ​are​ ​any​ ​technologies​ ​and​ ​design​ ​ideas​ ​that​ ​are​ ​trending,​ ​or​ ​even​ ​researching​ ​what​ ​is happening​ ​in​ ​your​ ​local​ ​region​ ​in​ ​the​ ​form​ ​of​ ​building​ ​projects​ ​or​ ​trade​ ​shows​ ​can​ ​help​ ​keep​ ​you​ ​in the​ ​loop​ ​of​ ​what​ ​is​ ​happening​ ​in​ ​the​ ​built​ ​environment.

                    

A​ ​constantly​ ​evolving​ ​field​ ​is​ ​that​ ​of​ ​‘environmental​ ​design.’​ ​Although​ ​our​ ​human​ ​desire​ ​for​ ​healthy living​ ​are​ ​not​ ​new,​ ​sustainable​ ​ideas​ ​and​ ​trends​ ​are​ ​constantly​ ​evolving,​ ​moving​ ​the​ ​built environment​ ​toward​ ​a​ ​more​ ​‘green’​ ​future.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​important​ ​to​ ​stay​ ​aware​ ​of​ ​the​ ​latest​ ​technology,​ ​as well​ ​as​ ​current​ ​concepts​ ​being​ ​developed​ ​by​ ​the​ ​industry​ ​and​ ​how​ ​such​ ​have​ ​been​ ​implemented​ ​and used​ ​by​ ​fellow​ ​architects​ ​and​ ​designers.​ ​These​ ​days,​ ​simply​ ​knowing​ ​that​ ​there​ ​are​ ​systems​ ​like​ ​solar energy,​ ​rainwater​ ​collection​ ​or​ ​wind​ ​power​ ​are​ ​not​ ​enough.​ ​Knowing​ ​how​ ​these​ ​are​ ​implemented and​ ​the​ ​importance​ ​of​ ​understanding​ ​how​ ​these​ ​systems​ ​can​ ​be​ ​fully​ ​integrated​ ​into​ ​the​ ​design​ ​itself are​ ​becoming​ ​ever​ ​more​ ​vital​ ​for​ ​future​ ​design​ ​thinking​ ​(see​ ​cover​ ​image).

There​ ​are​ ​hundreds​ ​of​ ​sources​ ​from​ ​which​ ​you​ ​can​ ​gather,​ ​learn​ ​and​ ​read​ ​about​ ​this​ ​kind​ ​of information​ ​from​ ​all​ ​around​ ​the​ ​world.​ ​These​ ​can​ ​include​ ​online,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​many​ ​print​ ​and​ ​magazine sources,​ ​to​ ​attending​ ​a​ ​congress​ ​or​ ​lecture.​ ​‘Like’​ ​the​ ​Facebook​ ​and​ ​Instagram​ ​pages​ ​of​ ​your​ ​favourite blogs,​ ​architects,​ ​designers​ ​and​ ​trend​ ​websites.​ ​When​ ​it​ ​comes​ ​to​ ​understanding​ ​what​ ​is​ ​happening​ ​in the​ ​built​ ​environment,​ ​always​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​both​ ​local​ ​and​ ​international​ ​sources​ ​-​ ​we​ ​live​ ​in​ ​a​ ​connected world,​ ​make​ ​use​ ​of​ ​it.

Herewith​ ​some​ ​relevant​ ​websites​ ​and​ ​blogs​ ​to​ ​get​ ​you​ ​started​ ​with​ ​staying​ ​up​ ​to​ ​date​ ​on​ ​trends​ ​and technology​ ​in​ ​the​ ​built​ ​environment:
Arch​ ​Daily​​ ​-​ ​www.archdaily.com •​ ​International​ ​Blog​ ​resource​ ​covering​ ​architecture​ ​and​ ​trends. •​ ​Includes​ ​High​ ​Quality​ ​images​ ​and​ ​plans
Inhabitat​​ ​-​ ​www.inhabitat.com •​ ​International​ ​Blog​ ​resource​ ​specializing​ ​in​ ​green​ ​and​ ​sustainable​ ​trends. •​ ​Includes​ ​not​ ​only​ ​architecture,​ ​but​ ​tech,​ ​lifestyle​ ​and​ ​fashion.
Design​ ​Milk​​ ​-​ ​www.design-milk.com •​ ​Trend​ ​blog,​ ​specializing​ ​in​ ​Architecture​ ​and​ ​Interior​ ​Design.

Reference
​ ​ ​-​ ​Rendering​ ​of​ ​COR​ ​building.​ ​Miami,​ ​FL,​ ​USA.​ ​Oppenheim​ ​Architecture​ ​&​ ​Design. Rendering:​ ​Dbox.

 

 


Carsten​ ​P.​ ​Walton​ ​is​ ​the​ ​Faculty Dean​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Built​ ​Environment​ ​at​ ​Inscape Education​ ​Group.​ ​He​ ​holds​ ​a​ ​Masters​ ​in​ ​Architecture​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Savannah​ ​College of​ ​Art​ ​&​ ​Design​ ​(SCAD)​ ​in​ ​the​ ​USA,​ ​Carsten​ ​has​ ​been​ ​in​ ​private​ ​practice,​ ​specializing in​ ​environmental​ ​design​ ​for​ ​over​ ​a​ ​decade​ ​as​ ​co-founder​ ​of​ ​7circle​ ​Architecture, with​ ​numerous​ ​projects​ ​completed​ ​in​ ​South​ ​Africa,​ ​the​ ​USA​ ​and​ ​Australia.

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