The need for shelter from the elements is in our DNA, ranking with food, water and clothing for survival purposes. The field of architecture grew out of this need, with civilizations adding new designs, techniques, and building materials to comfortably and stylishly house their citizens.
Just as the Roman arch, Greek columns, and thatched roofs propelled architecture forward, now the prospects of 3D printing, robotics and â€œaugmented realityâ€ are poised to spark the next architectural leapfrog. For example, take a look at thisÂ architectâ€™s planÂ to actually print a house.
While weâ€™re waiting to see what advances in architecture can or should be adopted on a large scale, 3D printed models are enabling us to better â€œexperienceâ€ building plans â€“ Â as fine details become more visible and the architectâ€™s vision is more easily communicated. See the Stratasys blog postÂ Different Ways Architects Use 3D Printing.