Lately, I have been constantly wondering about what the future will be like. Right now, we are living day by day. I mean, with the covid crisis, we have to adapt each day to new laws and new situations. It is indeed really hard to predict how we are going to live in the future. I mean, we were first laughing at it and being totally skeptical, but then, who would have thought we were going to live a pandemic? There is a widespread sense of uncertainty, unpredictability and overall ignorance about what the future will be like. In relation to this, I’ve also been thinking about future architecture. Summed up, even though the future is rather uncertain, I believe that future architecture will be sustainable and highly influenced by technologies and nature. On top of that, in this post I’d like to focus on the future concept of beauty, since I am super interested in it.
About sustainability, I have already talked about it in another post, which I will leave down below.
An aesthetic revolution
Regarding the form and style, I believe biomorphism will be the future tendency. Summed up, Biomorphism models artistic design elements on naturally occurring patterns or shapes reminiscent of nature and living organisms. Basically, Biomorphism focuses on the power of natural life and uses organic shapes.Therefore, biomorphic architecture is the one directly influenced by the animal, vegetal and human anatomical structures. It is harmonic, since it imitates natural forms, which are understood as the best representation of perfection. Biomorphism is dreamy and futuristic. Also, I believe it can really remind us of modernist architecture such as Gaudi’s work. I mean, we can see that there is an obvious connection and similarities in the way nature is used as inspiration. In both cases, nature determines shapes, forms and textures.
So I believe that this tendency is a consequence of two aspects: sustainability and the current architectural style. On the one hand, art manifests a context. I mean, art is determined by the artist’s situation: space and time. In other words, it is determined by history, economy, culture and even art itself. Therefore, in my opinion, the same way context changes, art does. In a more theoretical plane, art is flexible, moving, relative and so is the concept of beauty. It is “unreachable”, how can you reach something that is constantly changing? Once you achieve it, it will already be different. However, in reality, in art and design it is true that during one period of time there is a dominating tendency, which results in other “subcurrents”. This said, we can understand that every movement is followed by an aesthetic revolution. So the one resulting from sustainability is biomorphism. Sustainability is basically the search for the best coexistence between humans and nature. In the end, sustainability is based in the imitation of nature: which is the peak of perfection. Sustainability focuses on the idea that a natural ecosystem is the ideal model of life we must follow and imitate to accomplish harmony and balance. Meanwhile, biomorphism’s goal is to imitate natural forms in an architectural way. I mean they are both supported by the understanding of the need to imitate nature.
On the other hand, I believe it is a reaction of the former architectural tendency. Throughout history, art has progressed thanks to opposition and confrontation. I mean, one artistic movement and the following have always been opposites. For example, renaissance and Baroque. While Renaissance is based in harmony, proportion, balance…; Baroque is chaotic, over-top and dark. This proves my point that after decades of simple and cubic shapes and straight sharp forms, biomorphism will break the norm. Basically, simplicity, artificiality and rigidity in forms have been replaced by naturality and curved and organic shapes.
Nowadays, it is a truth that we are more and more conscious about the importance of protecting our planet and as a consequence, of sustainability. In the end, I believe in the future, since we will be conscious of the disasters of the capitalist and consumist society focused on massive production, we will attempt to imitate nature both in form and “lifestyle”. Sustainability and biomorphism, powered by technology innovations, are the future.
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