What Will Be The Legacy Of 21st Century Architecture?

The world of architecture is always something that is better to judge in many years’ time by a new generation. The sector is a perfect example of something that meets with an ultra-critical pair of eyes by people around the world, only to later see attitudes soften and a more favourable point of view come to the fore.

Modern architecture isn’t something that gets many peoples’ juices flowing. This stands true for both architecture lovers as well as those who aren’t so knowledgeable about the industry. Common criticisms are that all modern buildings look the same, whether it is an office block, a hospital, or a school, and are dull and uninspiring.

The designers responsible feel these criticisms sharply, especially as they have tended to work to a different set of objectives than those before them.

Putting the current mood out of the equation, how will the world look at today’s modern architecture in 50 to 100 years’ time?

A Step Forward

Perhaps the biggest feature boasted of by modern architecture is how eco-friendly it is. Use of sustainable materials is the largest contributor in terms of complaints about similar looking buildings, although it is likely that history will look upon them much more favourably.

More understanding about the environment exists now than even ten years ago, so when there have been reductions in energy wastage owing to eco-friendly architecture in 50 years’ time, the benefits will look even better.

They Did Us a Favour

As well as the environmental positives associated with modern architecture, they are also structures that last. Cynics will always point to hundreds’ of years-old buildings to justify themselves, however the reality remains that some of the oldest, and most striking, buildings from the past are also the least energy efficient.

Residential blocks, offices, hospitals, and schools built now will not need updating in 100 years’ time. Crucial elements of a building’s structure are not going to corrode and cause the closure of important public buildings on safety grounds. The construction industry will be a completely different animal in the 22nd Century, because the buildings of the early 21st will still be relevant and meeting their objectives.

Just the Beginning

While the world savours the technological advancements seen in green buildings today, it is unfathomable to think that this won’t develop yet further in years to come. Given the advancements even in the last decade, it is frightening to think where the design and construction industries’ could find themselves in the future.

This is a guest blog post written by Robert from Vector Foiltec. Vector Foiltec invented the use of Texlon, a compound produced by layering together ETFE foil, and developed the use of this innovative, eco-friendly material throughout the design and construction industries around the world.