Norman Foster – How computers can help architects design buildings


In creating buildings conscious of this Green Agenda, a number of things must be considered, largely adaptability and environmental design. Foster designs for the future by giving flexibility for adaptation to future technologies; this means the same building can be used for much longer than a one designed only considering present needs. The Willis Building by Foster Associates was wired in a way that it could be adapted for new uses into the future. When the building opened in 1973, typewriters were the norm, but now, it’s full of computers. By consciously designing for technological, but also functional change, it has allowed the building to remain more or less unchanged and still meet the needs of the users. This design consideration cost next to nothing to implement at the time and actually saved the owners money in the long run by not having to retrofit other cable solutions or having to relocate to a more suitable building.

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