The Evolving Role of Digital Technology in Architectural Design
As a result of technological development at the end of the 20th century, a new paradigm appeared in which virtual reality and advanced media imaging and simulation sparked the new phenomena of innovative designs of architectural forms. Contemporary architectural forms are now covered with surfaces, images and compositions that evoke sensory stimulation, which is characteristic of the modern age of information technology, a consumer-oriented culture, and widespread use of public and social media. As a result, innovative architectural forms created by various geometries and images have now become possible with the advancement of computer simulation tools and through fabrication technology that allows the effective production of novel and variable materials. With the utilization of digital design technology to produce innovative and novel forms and compositions, younger architects have reconfigured the perceptions about architectural forms, thereby enhancing their performance in expression of new ideas. This article discusses the role of digital technology as a tool for creation of innovative simulated forms in contemporary architecture, focusing on developing countries.