In the future, Architecture will be defined by its materiality and its intelligence. The role of the Architect will morph into a choreographer of infinite spaces in one space.
There is a David Byrne song where each phrase starts with the words: “in the future ……”
“in the future, people will live in space”
“in the future, we will only work one day a week”
“in the future, all material items will be free”
With each proclamation, a hypnotic rhythm begins to plant a question…
Is this a true statement? Is this a false statement? What will the future really be and will I be happy there?
I do believe we will be happy there but our biggest challenge will be in making sure our experiences are authentic and true to our individual nature. As an Architect I find that my personal dream is to create spaces where the architecture will be a mirror of our selves, but more importantly, I want the spaces to embody a sense of beauty and spirituality that makes us go beyond our selves.
In the future, Architecture will be defined by its materiality and its intelligence.
The role of the Architect will morph into a choreographer of infinite spaces in one space.
In the future, Architecture will be invisible.
The materiality of architecture will become technologically capable of changing form and states of existence. Spaces will be able to reflect the exact type of environment that one desires to experience. Solid walls transform themselves into transparent walls; dark rooms become light-filled rooms. Buildings will be self-contained and self-regenerating. They will never be too cold or too hot nor will they be indifferent to a person’s feelings or moods.
In the future, Architecture will be smarter than people.
The difference between technology and biology will collapse into nothing but possibility. One of the largest shortcomings of our built environment today is that buildings have a rudimentary ability to change and respond to its occupants. Buildings are not able to interact with thoughts and requests “on-demand.” The architecture of the future will be more like a living organism that can nourish and augment the quality of life. Architects will continue to design structures that accommodate the unique aspects of location. However, technology will enable buildings to transcend geography and allow for a personal portal into the activities of the world. Work and life blend perfectly to connect the local to the global. Any place can be a sanctuary or a stadium.
It may seem that I am advocating a world where one never has to leave the building; I am not. I am merely hoping for a future where the architecture can make a more enriched life, where creativity and imagination are not held back by physicality and gravity.
Joey N. Shimoda earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. In the early years of his career, Mr. Shimoda has worked with Morphosis Architects, Peter Wilson of Buros von Bolles + Wilson in London, and Frank Gehry and Associates.
On Valentine’s Day 2000, he founded Shimoda Design Group, a studio founded on a multidisciplinary platform that seeks to bring quality design, innovation and technical excellence in projects of every scale. In addition to the core staff of ten, the studio has the ability to assemble an optimum team of design professionals according to each client's needs. They include planners, landscape architects, graphic designers, lighting consultants and marketing professionals. Currently the firm has ongoing projects in Dallas, Grand Rapids, Beverly Hills and Los Angeles.