Key trends in technology are transforming the way that people interact
with their environments in a number of different industries, and as
these become more prominent and widespread, property developers and
architects will have to take these changes into consideration when
creating new developments in urban areas. In this blog we look at some
of the current technologies set to change the way that modern cities are
The rise of 3D printing is transforming the way that manufacturing operates. The first 3D printed homes have already been created at a relatively reasonable cost, and this is only likely to become more affordable as it becomes more commonplace. The 3D printing method of home-building will have some major implications for architects and developers, including giving more creative freedom to build bespoke features and an ability to meet tighter delivery deadlines. Last March, 3D printing company, Icon, printed a house in less than 48 hours and the company said they were confident they could print a larger structure for less money in under 24 hours if their machinery was running at full capacity.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is set to transform stationary buildings into machines that interact with their residents and the surrounding infrastructure. We have already seen smart technology starting to affect the way that people drive, but we are set to see it creep into other areas of everyday life as well. Smart-connected homes, with elements that interact with other technologies and the people living in them, as well as shops that monitor the behaviour of their shoppers and feed back information to the business, a component of the connected smart cities of the not-so-distant future.
There are also a number of tech companies looking to harness technology to change the way the urban redevelopment process itself works. Apps like, CitySwipe, allow local residents to like/dislike prospective redevelopment projects in their area by swiping left and right on images. Similarly, there are a number of apps being introduced to harness public opinion on an area from people as they walk around. The information collected can be used to inform the urban planning process for the area. By making the process democratic companies have the potential to renew the urban area collaboratively.
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