From the Great Pyramid of Giza, to the Taj Mahal and Stonehenge, these ancient monuments prove that great architecture can withstand the test of time. And if there’s one other thing they have in common, it’s their precise geometry.
Whether it’s the famed Golden Ratio or striking symmetry, geometry has been at the core of every building since the early ages – big, small, regular or odd-shaped. Today, the same principles inform architects in the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and renovation, of modern complexes and skyscrapers, as they aim to find a delicate balance between sense and sustainability.
According to the World Green Building Trends 2016 report, sustainable buildings are on the rise. Why? Business owners are slowly beginning to recognise the value of future-proofing their properties, as they reap the benefits of more efficient energy consumption by way of lower operating costs.
Viewed as a positive change in the eyes of their stakeholders, it is also a proactive move in a collective agenda to combat one of the biggest threats of our time – climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has projected the growth of building-related greenhouse gas emissions to be 26 percent by the year 2030 – that’s a hefty 15.6 billion metric tons. Sustainable building design could reduce, even change the course of that prediction.
As the number of urban living areas increases exponentially by the year 2045, cities need to be ready to adapt to this flux. High-density construction will inevitably pose as a key feature of future sustainable cities, with geometry being a crucial consideration in the complex design process.