The modern practice of architecture involves a blend of art, design, engineering, building science, sustainability, and technology. When touring our office for the first time, visitors may assume that the “technology” side of architecture is about utilizing a well-thought-out mix of the latest design, visualization and presentation software, keeping abreast of mobile technologies, implementing “maker” tools and hardware, and the like. However, our team feels that technology “tools” are just one part of the equation. Technology in architecture is more encompassing. As we strive to design buildings and spaces that are inspiring, welcoming, beautiful, and functional, we often incorporate technology to foster such experiences. The development of audio-visual technologies, augmented and virtual reality systems, Artificial Intelligence (AI), distance learning technologies, E-sports broadcasting and presentation systems, as well as collaboration and conferencing platforms, continues to move ahead quickly. This year’s InfoComm show, attended by over 44,000 people from the U.S. and abroad, was proof of that. The Audiovisual and Integrated Experience show was held at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Florida, and had over 150 educational sessions and about 930 exhibits for Design Creatives and AV pros to consider. I've highlighted just a few technologies & an educational session to provide you with a brief glimpse of this year's show.
Exhibit Hall: Transparent OLED, MicroLED, Curved OLED, Crystal LED (CLED) Display Systems, Interactive Displays
LG, Sony, Epson, and many others manufacturers had eye catching booths to show off their impressive technologies. My guess is that LG’s Transparent OLED signage will capture the attention of Retail and Hospitality clientele.
Exhibit Hall: Technologies for Huddle Spaces
Several Exhibitors showcased collaboration and presentation solutions for corporate and educational use. Will you see the latest round of these technologies incorporated into your workplace?
Session: AV/IT Design with LEED - How Sustainability and AV Design Can Contribute to Successful Projects
Sustainability and AV? Yes! Legrand AV presented an informative course on how the AV Industry is focusing on sustainability. If you were wondering how this is possible, then visit LeGrand AV’s website for information about AV installations and LEED v4.0 certification.
As current technologies continue to develop and gain appeal, you can be sure that creative Architects, Engineers, AV Pros, and Designers will collaborate to incorporate these trends into the buildings we visit, read about, work in, and enjoy.
Cliff is a Registered Architect, a LEED BD+C accredited professional, and is Director of Technology at Bialosky Cleveland