Beyond Tall: The Living Building

David Malott
CTBUH Chairman; Founder, CEO
AI., New York City

In a world that is rapidly urbanizing, we need innovative approaches that not only sustain, but actively adapt and respond. Technology has the power to augment architecture: to turn an inherently static system into one that is responsive. Spaces, buildings, and even cities will have the ability to communicate with each other and with us. The advent of faster, cheaper, and smaller computing powered by 4Gā€“5G connectivity allows flexible and rapid deployment in both new and existing buildings.

Machine learning platforms such as IBM Watson's Cognitive IoT enable a next generation of architecture of not only form, space, and material ā€“ but of responsiveness, empathy, and learned behavior. The role of the architect will be transformed from designing core-and-shell to programming of user experiences in digitally augmented buildings. The pairing of real-world environments with digitized versions of themselves will create new ways to interact with the physical world via tangible and intuitive interfaces. These emerging technologies were presented through case studies ranging from the urban to the human scale.

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