Vigilantly trying to become sustainable, building science advanced into a world of superficial landscapes coming to life. As I glide through the backwaters in a metal fabricated, bud-shaped dynamic cafe, I am reminded of the unreal renderings that, not more than a few decades ago, seemed to be an anti-reality. Thanks to the ‘drivers’ who constantly pull, push and weigh the odds of design technology objectively and creatively towards an optimal living environment, I can now experience the utopian juxtaposition of a built space with its unbuilt context. A collaborative effort of designers, engineers, material scientists and psychologists helped in creating spaces for different moods and uses. The important challenge was to create universal design, requiring inputs from all sections of the society to create an environment that encourages a desired range of social behaviors. Complexity of a space arrangement does not deter the user now, a differently abled is capable enough to direct a walker. Taking private transport to an almost ban, led to the creation of a highly efficient network of carefully planned public transport, adding ecology to the sphere as well. No one dies of asphyxiation anymore.
Although a large section of society still struggles with meeting the minimum area-per-person requirements, ensuring flawless sanitation through AI across cities, has led to positive trends in the psychology of residents. Home automation advancing to create collapsible, renewable and lively spaces has revived a new harmony among communities. A near collapse of the construction industry is what it took to shift to create holistically informed spaces. It also led to a boom in NFT architecture, for the people with enough resources to buy an augmented reality version of the built environment, even though not being able to create it for real. Whilst the sensors, fitted in dimensions that are still growing to new identities, your needs can now grow parallelly under the sun that readily reflects in a cleaner air. Nevertheless complete sustainability is still far away. Whether walking in the sea beneath a 100 feet tall waterfall, or waiting at the recycled-material made bus stops, a practical shift of paradigm can be felt in the way architecture is seen- a moral responsibility. We may not be close to creating a Dyson’s sphere just yet, but a logical approach in saving the earth’s resources and creating ethereal spaces on our own planet has surely begun.
Written by: Chaitanyaa Agarwal