Architecture is a constantly changing movement, and different influences affect how architects design their world. The modern era has seem a sudden change from the formal, glass-like structures of office blocks and tower buildings towards a cityscape with more flowing lines and an appearance which matches other buildings in the area. With greater understanding of how people function in particular buildings, modern architectural styles are turning to new ideas to build the properties of the future. There are several innovations which could change the way that residents work and play, including robotized parking facilities and new office layouts.
Finding space to park in a crowded city is not easy, and architects have been trying to invent new ways to park for a few decades now. With the advent of automated technology, and the ability to build car parks at ever higher levels, one architectural feature which is coming to prominence is robotic parking. This is essentially an automated program that will park and remove cars from a parking lot without the need for any human intervention. The driver simply places the car onto a floor-level pallet, and then allows the robotic system to move the car into their allocated space. When the driver returns to the parking lot, the robotic system simply extracts the car. All of this will take about 90 seconds.
Systems of car parking
There are several different methods which can be used when parking the cars. The most common are rack systems and pallet systems. This allows the car to be transferred to a high floor of the parking lot without requiring human intervention. The use of control systems allows the computer to move the car using sensors, video capture and cameras to monitor vehicles. Automatic parking will offer a 27% saving on building footprints, compared to the standard multi-story.
In further space-saving efforts, architects have been working with psychologists and experts in human behavior to try to work out the movements of office workers when they are in high-rise buildings. Architectural design is now moving away from the traditional designs of buildings, and towards pathway mapping. This can help designers to create buildings that flow more effectively, and may also help to significantly reduce the footprint of office buildings. Maximizing intersection combinations can help architects to create more efficient, energy-saving office buildings for the future.