The Tech to Expect in Architecture in 2016
By Wanda Lau
14 January 2016
Architect Magazine asked Associate Professor of Architecture Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello, cofounders of Rael San Fratello to identify which developments in architecture they anticipate the most in 2016. They anticipate the work of Assistant Professor of Architecture Simon Schleicher who is examining flexible plant movements to create bio-inspired flexible structures.
The two also anticipate bio-inspired technology will be employed in building construction, such as in the use of microorganisms to improve air and water quality. Several UC Berkeley researchers, including Associate Professor Architecture M. Paz Gutierrez, are testing a water-recycling system that combines ultraviolet disinfection of graywater with thermal storage for energy management and light transmission control.
Lastly, Ronald Rael and Virgina San Fratello anticipate that big data will influence local design. Architecture will robustly engage new developments in digital mapping. Using GIS, massive amounts of data that define the makeup of cities can be searched and organized within minutes. Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design Nicholas de Monchaux is developing design software that examines how place-based data can better connect us to larger systems on a massive scale.