Global Architectural trends in 2019

If you belong in the Construction and Design industry you should definitely never stop reading or browsing the global newsfeed since inspiration and up to date education plays a significant role in our sector. We are breaking down a selected brief list according to ArchDaily’s (perhaps the most established source for architectural news in Europe) predictions on architectural trends that are believed to influence urban and architectural discussions in 2019.

  1. Greater Interest in Small Scale Homes:

The Tiny House concept emerged strongly at the beginning of 2018. Whether it is a movement in response to ideological or financial situations, architects have become more involved in the development of practical and innovative solutions for small spaces. 

2. Construction Industry: The Digital Future of Infrastructure

Work within Construction Sites is changing rapidly due to the implementation of new technologies that improve productivity and efficiency. The influence of BIM (Building Information Modelling), modular construction and prefabrication allows for the realization of controlled processes Off-site. Meanwhile, 3D printing, Automation and Artificial Intelligence make us think and imagine of a future in which construction sites will be human-less. 

3. Urban Design and Resource Management: Greener and More Collective Cities Natural resources such as water and soil have taken center stage in urban discussions, and the concept of Landscape Urbanism is positioned firmly amongst them. 

4. Recycling Spaces: The Continuing and Increased Importance of Reuse Recycling and Ecological Awareness have not been absent from the debate surrounding the industry with one of the largest carbon footprints in the world: Construction. Faced with this concern, some architects have identified solutions within the Sustainable City systems that stop growing through renovation and rehabilitation of spaces, and through the design of Adaptive Re-Use Projects.

5. The House of the Future: Robotics and Automation for Domestic Life

Interest in smart cities has been around for quite a while, but the last year has seen the strengthening of a particular trend within the concept: Smart Houses or Smart Homes. Technologies associated with AutomationRobotics and Algorithms join architecture to bring us solutions that increase comfort within our homes, through Domotics.  We, at Harakis, currently incorporate smart home systems to all of our new projects. See our recently completed “smart home” project Hara Elite.

6. Renewable Energy and Environmental Awareness: New energy to face Climate Change

We already know that Environmental Awareness and Climate Change are concerns that affect architects. As a way to face the carbon emissions caused by the life cycle of any completed building, renewable energy plays an important role in the debate, with emerging architectural models that not only work based on renewable energy sources, but that are also capable of generating new energy. The concept of the Powerhouse and “Energy Positive” buildings arise, which, during their operational phase, generate more energy than what was used during their construction; or “Zero-Energy” and “Net Zero” houses, which produce more energy than they consume, to achieve appropriate comfort levels. 

*Our project Hara Elite is rated as a Category A Energy-efficient Building. Read more here, https://www.harakis.com/hara-elite/

Source: Arch Daily

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