5 ways to upskill for a Digital Future in Architecture

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The study in computation design with digital support started in 1960s. This almost coincided with the launch of Sketchpad, the first true CAD software. 'The Architecture Machine', published in 1970 by architect and computer scientist Nicholas Negroponte of MIT described early research on computer-aided design, and in so doing covered early work on human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, and computer graphics. We have come a long way since then. With the pandemic changing the way we design, compute, collaborate and interact, it has also changed the tools of these actions. This Winter of 2021, upskill for the future with Acedge Winter School spanning 8 weeks. Here are the five ways in which Acedge Winter School can help you upskill.

1. Integrate VR into Architectural Practice

Experience and Use Virtual Reality with Trezi

For the longest time, scaled models were the closest thing to a prototype in architecture to experience design, before 3D objects and renditions. Today, we have a more immersive tool: Virtual Reality (VR). With Facebook introducing Metaverse, Virtual Reality will be experienced by everyone in the near future. Learn to use virtual reality productively in design, Team collaboration, and presentation with Trezi.

2. Collaborate Virtually

Collaborate and Design in VR.

The pandemic forced us into a work from home setup making it difficult to collaborate and design. However, design can be explored in virtual reality systems for team discussions. Trezi meetings can be set up in both VR and desktop modes as well as switch modes during the meeting. Contributors can edit, review, take audio notes, and do much more with the changes being saved in Trezi's workspace.

3. Compute, Simulate and improve Efficiency of Design

Smart Designing is the future. Be ready for the wave before the storm.

It is easy to generate design alternatives and analyse their performance through simulations. Test the directions, sizes, materials of openings, and design for energy efficiency. Key in a code and optimise floor space utilisation or furniture layout options. Computation can be used in all scales of design. It opens your world to alternatives through its coded explorations. Computation is a smart way of designing that saves time and allows systematic assessment by Architects for best-case scenarios of Design.

4. Stay updated with Parametric Software

Drive form, function and sustainability through 3D sortwares and their plugins

Parametric design is driven by a set of parameters that are controlled to produce a certain result. Mostly, these are based on digital software or tools which simplify the output. Rhinocerous is a popular tool for exploring forms; plugins like Grasshopper 3D, Ladybug & Honeybee (Environmental analysis), are popular too. Parametric plugins for environmental analysis is the way forward for a sustainable future.

5. Explore Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence, machine learning and generative design have begun to shape architecture as we know it. As systems and tools to reimagine the built environment, they present diverse opportunities to rethink traditional workflows. Designers also fear they may inversely affect practice, limiting the services of the architect. But the fact of the matter is that intelligent software will allow discourses that will raise the bar of design services offered. Join and upskill to revolutionise your involvement in a digital future.

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