The emergence of advanced software during the twenty first century has had a significant impact on architecture, and shaped the current architectural movements. Unique geometry and cultural relevance remain a core part of what defines architecture, thus these two elements are an integral part of all architectural movements. While different architectural movements may have subtle differentiating features, they all incorporate different contemporary ideas. Consequently, the prevailing architectural movements are not characterized by unique stylistic trends, but by their approach to concept design.
A high level of design experimentation has been made possible through the use of software such as Vectorworks Architect, AutoCAD Architecture and MyArchiCAD. Additionally, the growing use of software in concept design has led to the emergence of an unprecedented number of architectural movements. The past decade has witnessed the construction of multiple iconic buildings around the world with architects using various techniques to give these modern buildings a sense of cultural relevance.
Diagramism and Neo-Brutalism have emerged as the leading concept design-based architectural movements today. Other movements such as Subdivisionism, Revitism and Scriptism have also gained substantial following within the architectural profession. These movements are playing a key role in shaping the skylines of cities around the world thanks to the availability of software-enabled techniques that were not available to architects in the past. Similarly, there are many stylistic-based architectural movements that primarily depend on architects’ aesthetic decisions.
The aesthetic decision-based approach to architectural design is characterized by three primary approaches namely: decorative, sculptural and minimalist design approach. The primary difference between design concept-based architectural movements and aesthetic decision-based architectural movements is that the former are more adaptive to users while the latter are not. Additionally, in aesthetic decision-based movements, architects decide where to apply a decorative, sculptural or minimalist design approach. Consequently, these movements do not focus on site, context or environment responsiveness.
In conclusion, architecture is dynamic, and technological advancement has resulted in the rise of distinct architectural movements. Design concept-based architectural movements in particular have played a vital role in shaping user experience as more techniques become available to architects. Aesthetic decision-based architectural movements play a crucial role in diversifying the range of buildings being constructed. Architectural software has widened the scope of techniques available to architects as users can now experiment with unique geometry in ways that architects of yesteryears could not.