Trending in 2021
After a year like 2020, most people are hoping 2021 will come through with a brighter outlook for success in every industry. As we look towards the near future of the construction industry, we see things evolving with technological advances, modern designs, and more substantial considerations.
When it comes to technology, its fast paced nature makes it almost impossible to keep up with. That hasn’t stopped the construction industry from embracing technology in efficient ways. Although the concept of BIM (building information modeling) has existed since the 1970’s, this trend is definitely not going anywhere. BIM, an intelligent 3D model tool, is considered a significant step in the digital growth of the industry, as it allows projects to exist virtually. This digital environment allows collaboration even when team members cannot meet in person, which in 2021 sounds like an aid to COVID limitations in the industry. The utilization of drone technology is also trending and continues to develop rapidly. The flying machine can be useful to construction teams by providing overhead views of the sites and projects, which can optimize grading plans and monitor on-site operations.
The modern designs we see trending this year include exposed steel structures, interior gardens, and green facades and rooftops. The elegant and sophisticated designs pay tribute to green building and substantial living, which have slowly become leading topics at the forefront of design and construction as global warming becomes more prevalent. Trending interior design solutions include curtains as space-dividers, color monochrome, and accent color. These trends are taking over pretty quickly as they provide a futuristic, yet cozy approach to modern design.
Moving towards a greener industry appears to be a major factor in every aspect of the industry. With this ambitious goal in mind, we are seeing sustainable neighborhoods popping up all across the globe in the fight against global warming. Tivoli Greencity in Brussels was recognized as the world’s most sustainable neighborhood in December 2020.
Tivoli GreenCity district includes 4.5 hectares, made up of 400 passive and/or energy-neutral houses and shops. The concepts are focused on sustainable water, electricity and waste management systems, biodiversity objectives, and many green facades.
With the world looking towards Tivoli as a model for sustainable living, there are hopes that the industry will become greener in the near future. Along with technological, architectural, design, and building advances, the industry is sure to continue to change, although this change has been gradual. We, as builders and designers, have the power to aim our growth towards the higher good, and ensure that the future is built upon solid foundations and eco-conscious decisions.