Ever since we lost our home in 2020, I’ve been really keen on less. Less land, less materials, less everything. The notion of a 3D printed home has really captured my imagination. It has a Brutalist style that I find very appealing. It’s something that my seven-year-old thought process locked in as a very “Star Wars” vibe. From having a smaller area, a la the crew quarters on the U.S.S. Enterprise, to the community-based lifestyle of Arcosanti in Arizona, the idea of less is more is a sustainable way of existing.
The idea of using 3D-printed structures and adobe style methods to create a retro futuristic lifestyle is an interesting one that could potentially blend the best of both worlds. Here are some thoughts on how this could be achieved:
- Study the past: To create a truly retro futuristic style, it’s important to have a deep understanding of architectural styles from the past. For instance, you could study the designs of the Art Deco movement or the streamlined architecture of the 1930s. By understanding the design principles of these styles, you can then start to reimagine them in a more futuristic context.
- Incorporate 3D-printing: 3D printing technology has the potential to revolutionize the way we build structures. By using this technology to create building components, it’s possible to create more intricate and detailed designs that would be difficult to achieve using traditional construction methods. This could allow for a greater level of customization and personalization in the design of buildings.
- Use adobe-style methods: Adobe is a material that has been used in construction for thousands of years. By using modern techniques and materials to create adobe-style buildings, it’s possible to create structures that are both aesthetically pleasing and sustainable. For instance, using natural materials like clay and straw to create insulation can help to reduce energy consumption and create a healthier living environment.
- Emphasize sustainability: A key element of retro futuristic architecture should be sustainability. This could include using passive solar design principles to reduce energy consumption, incorporating green roofs and walls to promote biodiversity, and using rainwater harvesting systems to reduce water usage. By designing buildings that are both functional and environmentally friendly, we can create a more sustainable future.
- Consider the needs of modern living: While the aesthetic of retro futuristic architecture may be rooted in the past, it’s important to design buildings that meet the needs of modern living. This could include incorporating smart home technology, designing spaces for remote work, and creating communal areas that foster a sense of community.
The architecture of the future by learning from the past could be an exciting and innovative approach to creating sustainable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing buildings. By incorporating elements of both the past and the future, we can create buildings that are both timeless and forward-thinking.