Sustainable energy is being integrated into modern lifestyles
Implications - Thermal energy is completely sustainable, making it appealing to modern consumers looking to mitigate the effects of global warming. The architecture field has particularly taken a shining to geothermal energy and incorporated it as a key element in several modern designs. Looking forward, this method of energy could be used in a variety of settings.
Rise in more compact and minimalist hotels & accommodations
Implications - While many consumers still love to be pampered when they go on vacation, others are preferring practicality over luxury. Hotel owners and designers, in response, are developing minimalist and compact establishments that provide a comfortable stay without going over the top. This keeps costs low for both the hotel and the customer, while at the same time saves space and provides environmental benefits through minimized waste. [More]
Architects use cylindrical shapes for a curvier aesthetic
Implications - Architects have traditionally used polygonal shapes in building design, creating structures with straight lines and little to no curved surfaces. However, more architects are experimenting with curvilinear shapes -- in particular, cylinders. The tubed shape of a cylinder offers an interesting contrast to the typical cube or rectangular prism, and it may also mean that less material is required (and therefore, less waste) to manipulate into a structure. [More]