The future is now – Season 01 Episode 11

Architects used to draw everything with set squares, compasses and rulers. Then came the mechanical drafting table. During this time architects had to draw every part of their drawings individually, then came dye-line machines and printers. By this time studios were filled with large format drafting tables, printers and plotters.

Then computers were slowly introduced and most things could be done on a small monitor. After this, fax machines allowed drawings to be sent by phone so it took less time for everyone in the project team to get drawings and instructions and this was soon replaced by email.

To see how engineers and architects drawings worked together, some firms started playing with Building Information Management, which allowed multiple people in a team to see how the parts of the building come together in 3D. These days there’s a lot of discussion around parametric modeling, artificial intelligence and automated manufacturing.

With so many ways of designing architecture throughout history, there seems to be an almost unending conveyor belt of technology that architects need to use to do their job. 

In this episode of Hearing Architecture, we’ve asked architects from around Australia what will happen to architecture as more advanced technology is introduced into the studio.

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This episode of Hearing Architecture features Justin Carrier, Steven Postmus, Lee Hillam, Jo Rees, Jefa Greenaway, Rod Simpson, Sue Dugdale, Amelia Borg, Timothy Moore, Jane Caught, Shaneen Fantin, Belinda Allwood, Rob McGauran, Professor Philip Thalis, Dik Jarman and Andrew Maynard.

The interviews in this episode were produced around Australia by EmAGN committee members Jamileh Jahangiri, Daniel Hall, Kirsty Volz, Kali Marnane, Chris Morley, Sam McQueeney, Reece Currey, Brad Wetherall, Jess Beaver, Bede Taylor, Rebecca Webster and Daniel Moore.

The Australian Institute of Architecture production team is Daniela Crawley, Stacey Rodda, Monique Woodward and Thom McKenzie.

Produced by the Australian Institute of Architects Emerging Architects and Graduates Network (EmAGN), in collaboration with Open Creative Studio.

Written and directed by Daniel Moore.

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