In the world of architectural design, there are some relatively new concepts that have emerged as consumers want more choices for their buildings and homes. Architectural style continues to grow as the world changes. People, or at least some individuals, want modern and technologically advanced buildings furnished with an interior design that rivals a scene right out of the Jetsons cartoon. Architects must stay on top of growing trends if they want to continue doing business in this fast paced world. Staying abreast of technological advances, protecting the environment, and all the while saving money, are the key ingredients to the good life in architecture. Of course, all students of architecture are familiar with the new modern styles of design. Instead of the classical arches and intricate decorating of the classical and medieval periods, the modern works feature clean lines and a lack of the well-known detail that marked their predecessor's ideas of architectural design. A great example of a modern form at its best is Fallingwaters by Frank Lloyd Wright, in Pennsylvania. He has other well known architectural designs but this one seems to be the one most copied and admired for homes. Architects are also turning green. No, they are not turning into the incredible hulk. They are designing "green" homes and buildings that conserve energy and help save our Earth's natural resources. Many of the structural components are made from recycled materials and are environmentally friendly. They require less upkeep and energy to run. Solar panels are installed to help with heating and cooling costs.
Architectural design has left the medieval age of design and has embraced the sleek lines of steel and concrete into the urban jungle. Concrete is the new tile and the old Formica countertops in homes are now stainless steel that reflect the beauty of the polished silver beams stretched out across the ceiling. As technology moves forward, so too will the design styles of architects. There will be a greater abundance of students studying Modern and Green architecture across the world.