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June 6, 2017

Buildings of the Future: science fiction or science fact?

The world is changing at an exponential rate and science fiction is fast becoming science fact. The built environment has been slower than other industries to react to this change. In some ways, it's been in ‘catch-up’ mode, clutching tightly to the ‘status quo’. The reality is that operational construction functions, activities and experiences, as well as expectations around performance, are evolving and so too must the built environment.  
     To better understand how it can help its clients anticipate the journey towards Buildings of the Future, Aurecon has released a white paper called ‘Buildings of the Future: science fiction or science fact?’ Inspired by interviews with a broad group of professionals across the built environment who were asked to imagine what Buildings of the Future might look like and how they might be created, the paper shares fascinating thoughts around what’s driving demand, challenges inherent in reaching Intelligent Building status and what some of the next steps in this journey might be. 
     “The major drivers identified in the paper have the potential to reshape the built environment industry in the next 30 years,” comments Peter Greaves, Aurecon’s Buildings of the Future Leader.
     According to the paper, ‘Buildings of the Future: science fiction or science fact?’, one of the biggest disruptors to the design engineering industry is that of new 3D printing technology, and the impact it will have on the built environment. “The 3D printer is significantly disrupting the traditional design role held by the structural engineer but, at the same time, presents exciting new opportunities in how building designers will create, relocate and shape Buildings of the Future,” said Greaves.
     Aurecon's white paper shows that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to Buildings of the Future is becoming less and less palatable. The use of new, flexible construction materials, including composite materials, additive manufacturing concrete, solar polymers and carbon fibre balsa, is fuelling new design approaches. 
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