The Pace of Architecture
Mark Miller, CEO of MKThink considers the innovation gap between the spaces we design and how they are used with changing technology.
According to Moore’s Law, the number of transistors able to be fit on an integrated circuit doubles every year and a half, affecting a wide array of performance capabilities for virtually every electronic device imaginable. Historically, as technology performance increases, the cost to consumers decreases.
But the building industry advances at an arithmetic pace. Today the intended lifespan of a building is roughly 30 to 50 years, with the average commercial lease being 4 years. The traditional design/build process from concept through construction may take years. This slow pace has the unfortunate consequence of making the average new commercial building 4 years obsolete on the first day it opens.