Basic yet key, concrete as a material is a part of our everyday toolbox. The hardy material has been in use, in different ways, since the era of the Nabatean traders in Southern Syria and Northern Jordan circa 4th century BC! Today, its usage is twice that of steel, wood, plastics, and aluminium – combined.
This versatile material forms the cornerstone of architecture – yet, how will its usage evolve? Come, join us in decoding 4 key ways in which concrete will be used in the future, through the lens of our speciality, Parametricism.
3D Façade Modules help in adapting to the environment (heat and light) while Bio-Receptive Concrete Panels are designed to help micro-organisms grow on the surface. This is especially important for the cities of the future as more urban landscapes grow, yet access to natural light and air is being restricted. One way of working through this increasingly-important problem is to incorporate these modules which also allow for vertical gardening.
The beauty of concrete lies in its versatility and durability. Moreover, its visual aesthetic appeals to audiences seeking minimalist experiences today. Curvilinear forms + climate-conscious designs in Concrete makes furniture more long-lasting. This works wonderfully well for furniture in the outdoors as well.
Wall-panelling, Light Fixtures, and Parametric Jaalis add a balance of tradition and modernity. The minimalist take is great for some texture!
Form and function come together to create public spaces that allow for shelter, water collection, among others. This is very much in line with the way cities of the future are shaping up – where communal spaces are being created in order to allow for a sense of togetherness to foster, outside the confines of religion and politics.
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