Dreaming About The Future

This past week I’ve had a lot of time to think about what I want to get out of architecture school, and the contribution I want to have with my career.

I think about the challenges that my generation will have to face as we move into a time where we must worry about the carbon footprint of our building, or social problems that deal with population. Architecture needs more innovation because the field has been stuck in a state of being content for over a hundred years. We need to look at other industries as examples of how something like technology impacts the way we work and what we can achieve.

In architecture school, what we primarily learn is how to design buildings that are always like what we do today. Maybe I feel this way because I’m only a 3rd year student, but I think that we should be designing for the future. What is it that we can contribute as designers. What problems are we looking to solve by doing a project.

What separates an architect from the average person is the ability to think about problems and come up with innovative solutions. Anyone can figure out how to frame walls in a square room, but architects are the ones that can come in and give meaning to these four walls.

So I’ve started dreaming. Architecture is not important by itself, but when you combine it with other industries and innovations the combined nature of them all is what creates our cities. It is the collective impact of architects, engineers, landscape architects, and just overall innovative thinkers that have the power of impacting the world for the future.

I have taken a step back to trace where my interests stem from so I could begin to cultivate it as a passion in the way that I work. My interests are about technology, social change, and these are both things that have huge potential to be challenged for the future.

The image above starts to illustrate what goes through my head when I think of something like technology and society. A big problem that we will continue to have well into the future is about transit systems and it’s relationship to buildings.

Schools should breed students to think about what they want to do in the future in their industry and help them achieve their goals. way too often are we thinking within the bounds of society today. We need to think outside the box to be innovators. We shouldn’t just reach for the sky, it should be the ground we stand on to reach space.

I have been ranting about this because I’ve sparked that passion I originally had prior to going into architecture school. What is the future of technology and it’s impact on design.

What if our train stations were not just places to move across the city, what if they were places of attraction. A place that you visit beyond just to travel. What if all roads were underground and the surface became only for pedestrians. What if autonomous vehicles were the only thing to inhabit this above ground space. What if buildings talked to each other.

There are endless possibilities on what can be achieved it is just a matter of learning how to train the way you think to cultivate the things you know already to have an impact with design.


Thanks for tuning into this week’s blog post, I hope that you gained a new perspective on the world today. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments. As always, Dream Big!

Published by Alonzo Colon

Architecture Student at Virginia Tech

4 thoughts on “Dreaming About The Future

  1. Wow! I love it! Great ideas come when we can think outside the box. This was an excellent blog and I particularly like the drawing. Best wishes to you for a great future in Architecture.

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