Technological Advancements in Architecture and Product Development

Technological Advancements in Architecture and Product Development

Technology has been making our lives easier and more efficient for as long as humans have been alive. Specifically, programs like AutoCAD have been making architecture and product design more practical.  Where architects and designers used to have to hand draw their houses or inventions, requiring painstaking work and left much of it up to human error they are now able to effortlessly create and duplicate objects.  With the invention of 3D printing, people are able to create prototypes for a relatively low startup fee.

The true concept of architecture began in Egypt where buildings became more than about survival, they started to become aesthetically pleasing and had some form of design. Pyramids were some of the first geometrically designed, accurate structures erected.  Following that the Greeks began constructing buildings using pillars, which led into the Romans building structures designed for large gatherings of people.  Creation of the Arch and the Vault.  Medieval ages invented the domes to roof large spaces, which spawned the creation of skeleton framing.  The renaissance was a time of refinement leading into the industrial era which called for the creation of large factories and warehouses.  In modern architecture strength and sleek appearance has become at the forefront.  Clean lines with polished surfaces and smooth finishes reign supreme.  With the increase of the population in recent decades buildings have begun expanding upwards to increase city densities.  The buildings we take for granted today are the result of centuries of technological advancements and refinement.

Many traditionalists in the architecture field feel that powerful technologies are stifling creativity; however, in my opinion, what it is doing is allowing a wider base of people to use this tool.  This may create a feeling of mediocrity among the elitist architects or design obsessed, in reality the software is simply a tool for creation, the end result is achieved faster and easier with more precision, it is up to the artistic abilities of the architects to push this medium to new boundaries which many are capable of doing.

Creating prototypes used to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, required teams of designers and manufacturers to