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April 25, 2019

Celebrate National Architecture Week: The Art of Architecture

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Architecture—it’s art that we live in and around. It provides the functional shelter we all need but it also does much more, structuring our experiences in physical space and with nature, people, and ourselves. It protects us, guides us, meets our needs, and enriches our day-to-day experience. Architecture, by definition, endures.

“The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.” Frank Lloyd Wright

National Architecture Week (April 21-27), hosted by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), is a great time to focus on the importance of what we build and how we build it—and how both are changing through technology, awareness, and intention. This week’s celebrations include various themes, from sustainability and affordable housing to civic engagement and new technology. Check out some AU content that aligns with AIA week and its themes and build your design skills. Where do you want to take your industry next?

Community spaces

Some architectural spaces are meant to be private, while others, like museums, train stations, and stadiums, are intended to draw and support diverse communities. The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is one example of a community space that is pushing the boundaries of architectural design and project delivery. In the AU Las Vegas industry talk, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art: Innovative Workflows for Delivering Complex Buildings, Brendan Mullins of Stantec explains the challenges of modeling and documenting the unique design and shares workflows for integrating Revit and Rhinoceros 3D.

Affordable housing and sustainability

In the Nordic countries, there’s a strong tradition of prefabricating homes that are livable and also beautiful. Using 3D modeling and automation, these countries have improved sustainability and energy efficiency. In the AU London session, How Lean Construction Evolves with BIM and Data Management, Claus Vemgaard and 2 co-speakers explore how BIM, Revit, and automated workflows are necessary to achieve the sustainable houses of the future.

Civic engagement

Can we figure out a better way to do planning with communities involved? In this AU video on, Gunnar Hand discusses his ideas on for incorporating new requirements that come with growing populations and more complex development goals in this AU video: Community Engagement for Urban Planning (video: 1:53 min.). He recommends integrating community values in this related video: Democratizing the Planning Process (video: 1:43 min.).

New technology

The tools we use to design and build have been evolving for millennia, and the changes are far from over. Today, a whole new set of digital technologies are finding their place in the process. One example? Artificial intelligence. Check out the AU panel debate, Should We Ever Plan Space with Generative Design? on how we should (or should not) think about generative design for space planning. Aubrey Tucker and Alyssa Haas lead a lively conversation.

Or what about immersive experiences? Virtual, augmented, and mixed reality (MR) technologies are helping designers in multiple phases of the design process. It is important for firms to think about how this paradigm shift to a 3D world empowers their creativity. In this AU Las Vegas industry talk, How to Empower Design with Immersive Technologies, Rotimi Seriki and Embla Huang explore different ways to do conceptual design and how to blend traditional techniques with XR.