What if Google built your house?


Flavio Tejada predicts a future in which emerging technologies transform the built environment – and construction

Disruption proper won’t happen by applying new technological layers over old construction techniques. It will happen by creating innovative responses rooted in digital capabilities.

Throughout history, the technological capabilities of the construction processes at our disposal have allowed us to transform the physical world. This capability has not only made it possible to construct taller buildings, larger cities and faster trains but has also made it possible to generate new responses and adapt the constructed environment to technological changes.

Among the biggest impacts in this regard has been motor vehicle assembly, which reached its pinnacle in the 20th century. This innovation made individual mobility over long distances possible, bringing about one of the greatest transformations in the built environment. The creation of new infrastructure at a global level, such as motorways, was vastly increased, along with the creation of areas in and around our cities for suburban housing, office and manufacturing zones and also for leisure. All this has transformed the construction model in most cities around the world over the last century.

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