Today’s architecture projects have to meet the challenges of sustainability

03Oct14

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Visualizing carbon emissions in New York City, courtesy Autodesk

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Image courtesy of DPR Construction

As the world becomes more urbanized, today’s architects are likely to be working on projects that might be new construction or renovations of existing buildings. Some studies suggest that, at least in the U.S., renovation spending will outstrip new building as we fill these cities to the brim with places to work, live and play.

Either way, today’s architecture projects have to meet the challenges of sustainability, resilience and performance unimaginable when we were building those wood models. The designs have to fit into and connect to all the systems of the city—transportation, energy, views, services, you name it.

Detailed building design benefits from the same insights gleaned from high-resolution digital models. The city model tells you where the water and power come from, how the sun moves over the site, and where the wind might be expected, and that information drives the design of the selection of glass, heating and cooling systems, and ventilation.

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