Architecture directly depends on technology that determines how wide our abilities in construction are. In the medieval times, the technology allowed people to stock solid bricks and carve them beautifully. After the Industrial Revolution, engineers learned to produce tons of steel and iron that made constructions much stronger. Today we have several types of durable concrete that make building houses much easier. We can even print concrete objects with a 3-D printer having precise characteristics of the object on the computer.
Among any other advancements, new materials push the construction industry forward. Having achieved beauty, utility, and durability – the fundamental principles of construction – we are heading towards sustainability of buildings. Green living is a specific demand of the 21st century, and we pursue it in all industries. Thus, the production of new types of concrete emits less CO2, and that is the very least we can do to live sustainably. Technology also allows us to make urban constructions greener and easier to live in.
The reflection of technology in construction is clearly seen in urban design as well. Our techno-centric society prefers the minimalist style that underlines the utility of buildings. Pursuing automation and efficiency, we put aside the details that once made constructions beautiful. Digital devices make minimalist rooms especially comfortable, and contemporary architecture fulfills the present-day image of easy living.