The Greater Tomorrow of Civic Centers
Imagine a world without computers, iPads, smartphones or the Cloud. It’s pretty hard, right? Things that were once mere visions of a greater tomorrow for future generations are now a reality and are constantly changing the way we do business and live our daily lives.
Thanks to companies such as IBM, Apple, and Microsoft with their invention of the floppy disk, computers and operating systems, the world made huge strides in the late 1900’s towards developing some of the most useful and impactful inventions that would change the way people input information, connecting with consumers, and store data.
While these Tech Giants might be the founding companies for some of the greatest inventions, they certainly aren’t the only innovators to shape the way we do things now. We use technology to exchange information, to sign documents, to clean our clothes, to prepare our meals and to get from one place to another. Even everyday items like door locks, floor panels and furniture are technologies that we now take for granted and that seem less impressive to us than self-driving cars or solar power. Nonetheless, without these basic technologies new discoveries can’t be made and with each new discovery a change in the way things were once done.
Looking into the future, it’s inevitable that technology is only going to continue to advance, and every business will incorporate these new technologies, changing not only the way they operate and communicate with people but what use their actual locations have on consumers — having a direct impact on the future of design.
Let’s explore how those technologies change a Civic Center. They will no longer have a need to store paper-based plans, proposals, blueprints, permits or receipts as they continue to implement and streamline software like e-PlanREVIEW® and cloud-based storage systems. Rooms that were once filed with filing cabinets will soon be obsolete as the need for paper plans, permits and receipts become outdated.
When Development Department go paperless, specially with their construction plan submittals and reviews, it will start cutting down on the amount of traffic each Civic Center has since inspections, approvals and permits will all be done online. No visitors needing to drive to every city to get permits and such will hence reduce emissions, parking requirements and the size of the pubic area or the counters at the Development Department area. Space that was once needed will be irrelevant to the design of the building as there is no longer a need for so much space.
We also already have technology in place to also reduce the city chamber’s area, council sessions can be most productive through live video chats or conferencing. Members of the community can also conduct business and pay for things online.
So what do you think a designer and the cities should put in place of these areas? Comment below and let us know.