Successful buildings are about people. They are tools that provide for human needs – shelter, security, a focal point for community, or more specialist outcomes such as wonderful acoustics or a sterile surgical environment.
What people want and need has always evolved over time, and our buildings too have adapted. Now, however, driven in part by advances in technology, our expectations are transforming faster than ever before. And our buildings need to respond – a challenge in an industry where the pace of change has always been slow and measured.
Although technology is both a significant driver of change, and a fundamental part of the solution, the changes we make as an industry need to start not from the technology, but from the people.
Technological success is determined by the outcomes technology delivers for people: high-tech space is not a goal in and of itself.
Ever present in our day-to-day, technology is the digital right hand most of us couldn’t live without. Devices formerly designed to perform simple labour saving tasks, or provide peripheral entertainment are now fundamental to the way we live, work and navigate the world around us.
Watches, phones, televisions, even cars… Our once gear-and-cog operated devices have digitized to become highly intelligent, everlearning smart machines. At an accelerating pace, technology is developing in new ways to deliver outcomes that enhance multiple aspects of our lives. Consider all of the extraordinary advancements that have occurred in the past decade alone. Now imagine that same level of technological development occurring in the decade to come. It’s an exhilarating thought, isn’t it?