Everyday technology presents us with new tools, enhancing our ability to represent our ideas and design intent. Technology also seamlessly connects left-brain creativity with right-brain functionality. The result is a nearly intuitive and coordinated design to which we apply our experience and knowledge that becomes the built environment.
When designing in Revit, every change is automatically updated through the virtual model, keeping all components, views and computations consistent. Collaboration between teams is enhanced because the model can be shared in real time allowing all members of the team to work on the most up to date version with all information (floor areas, schedules, etc.) dynamically updated.
At JL Architects, we can take the Revit model and further enhance it to navigate through a modeled space, providing a walk through for our client to visualize their building with the chosen materials and features. We can adjust the model and render it in real time, creating an open and fluid conversation with clients during the design phase.
Parametric and algorithmic design continues to become easier as industry technology advances. We can show the experience of lighting from natural sunlight and artificial electric interior lights. Daylight sensors and advancements to smart technology allow lighting to be controlled remotely, with several distinct functions and programs built into the system.
Being a vertical and integrated tool, we can also use the model to show shading on a site or across a street. We can evaluate the building performance impact of overhangs, colors, heating systems, energy sources, glass types, more and less insulation. The micro evaluations can be of the entire building, a single elevation or applied to the building as it is rotated to change the solar orientation.
With the enhancements of technology, we can explore more options and the aesthetic and technical impacts in near real-time. Technology is indeed the great equalizer. The building sciences are one of the greatest benefactors of the newly leveled playing field.
Want to learn more about what technology can do for your next project? Visit us at https://www.jlarchs.com/contact/.
-Alex Schleicher, Architectural Designer