Architectural Design That's Making a Difference
The theme for The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference on Architecture 2018, is Blueprint for Better Cities. As outlined on the AIA website: "At A’18, some of the most creative architects, designers, and firms will share how they’re creating their own blueprint and making a difference in cities all over the world, from London, Arkansas to London, England." Today, we've considered what the blueprint for a better city means and share what you can expect to learn while at conference.
As an architect, urban planner, designer, or manufacturer of AEC building materials, the responsibility for maintaining our environment is bestowed upon you. As an architect specifically, you're expected to consider how each decision you make impacts the environment not only physically but also socially.
There are numerous considerations to be made during the design process - with each one influencing the next. The choices start with the design, continue with the selection of building materials, and finishes upon the completion of the building.
So what's the criteria for better cities?
Better Knowledge of Building Materials
Similar to wanting to know the ingredients to a recipe, it's important for architects to be transparent with the building materials they've chosen.
In the wake of the Grenfield tragedy, we've learned that taking responsibility for the materials you specify for your project is severely important. Luckily, with the aid of CADdetails, you will not only learn what the building products are made of from the manufacturers listed on our site, but also have the chance to ask more questions regarding the products if you need to meet specific requirements.
Conscious of Energy & Carbon Uses
Over the past couple of years LEED building methods have gained momentum. This is because architects are starting to recognize and acknowledge that the carbon pollution caused by buildings is a real issue.
With LEED certifications, architects aim to reduce carbon pollution and make buildings more environmentally friendly. There are rigid guidelines to follow in order to become LEED certified, however, approximately 111,000 projects have managed to become certified. You can check out 10 of the most notable buildings that achieved a LEED certification here.
Building with Resilience
The numerous events that have transpired over the past 10 years - both natural and man made, have tested the designs of buildings and suggested the need for new design approaches. When we think back to the hurricanes that caused mass destruction this year, they've acted as statement towards the need for better building resilience.
Understanding Health and Built Environments
Where we live, work, and play tends to affect both our mental and physical well-being. This is why architects and designers have considered ways to design buildings and cities that are focused on holistic health. Last year we analyzed the impact of city design on mental health and how urban design can help to combat issues. If you're interested in reading about that, please read the post here.
Diversity, equity & inclusion
Regardless of the field you work in, you should be following an inclusive decision approach that considers factors that will impact or influence others' comfort levels. For example, take a moment to consider how the placement of your bike rack may be suitable for individuals wanting to use the bikes, but a hindrance to those wanting to walk on the sidewalk uninterrupted. The main takeaway on inclusion, is that you need to consider each element of design prior to catering to one audience. It's the only way to safely ensure that groups are not being alienated by your design.
The design of better cities is not anticipated as an overnight change. Urban planners, architects, and designers alike are aware that it will be a continuous effort needed in order to truly evolve and adapt our world into a better place.
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