|Technology & Hype? |
Nothing to see here!
A droll commentary on these technologies is offered up by an analysis company in the IT ecosystem, in the form of the Gartner Hype Cycle, which charts the up-and-coming technologies in vogue, and to what degree their impact on the world has been exaggerated. A study of this chart, whilst I worked in the IT ecosystem for a while (coincidentally on a product which sits on the Hype Cycle spectrum), made me realise that we have the same hype cycle in the design / construction industry, albeit on a more local scale, and longer time interval.
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I am firmly of the belief that designing for disabled access in buildings is a hallmark of a forward thinking, inclusive society, and has the added bonus of also improves the use of buildings by the able bodied too, so accordingly I embraced all of the disabled access techniques in my designs. Henceforth, all of my light switches were at an accessible 1.4m above the finished floor level, high frequency lighting was specified in lieu of potentially stroboscopic mains frequency, and no landing outside a lift door went without a refuge telephone. My tome of the Irish building regulations part M was well thumbed!
|Forget GDP - Cranewatch|
I hypothesise that this societal feedback loop to design/construction trends occurs strongly, and there is a link with technologies available to feed it.
|The Irish BER cert, per EU|
Building Performance Directive
And I see similar things since that time - there was the Building Information Modelling movement until 2012 (with software and training to go with it), the Lean Construction movement since about 2014, with the requisite professional services training courses to go along with it (possibly in response to a societal drive to reduce environmental waste?).
Perhaps as the buildings we design achieve higher performance & become more complex, and as we evolve towards a more connected & globalised society, our clients will seek refuge from data overload, and will seek smoother hand overs and greater help with operating their systems.
Or maybe: do we need a Design / Construction Hype Chart to see where we are?! Answers on a postcard!