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60 Starlink test satellites for new internet stacked on top of each other just before they were released into their orbit by the Falcon 9 rocket in May 2019. (wikipedia)

 

Colum/ The smallest office/ The new millennium/ NL/ Jan 2020

 

Over the past 20 years, the work of landscape architects has changed revolutionary. Through digital transformation and the Internet, the work has separated itself from location and the group working on it. Internet is the connection, information divider and the website, the company’s shop window. Meet-ups take place with Skype and Google Hangouts. Thanks to the many new software programs, a large amount of graphic data, digital 3D mock-ups and images can be shared and edited. The supporting back office has been reduced to a mobile. Every telephone has a telephone exchange, customer service, purchasing management, etc. The costs are thus reduced to a minimum.

This has quite a few consequences for the spatial disciplines sector. The deployment of labour and therefore planning has become much more effective, cheaper and more efficient. It is easier to work on the same plans interactively with multiple disciplines at the same time. The new images and plans are used to influence the media. Plans become more and more part of the public debate. Whoever controls the public debate determines the course and increases the chance of building. The plans get volatile. Because there are so many plans, the architectural image product becomes a goal in itself.

Digital transformation means that average private internet use in the Netherlands will increase by a factor of 7 between 2016 and 2022. Existing internet services grow on average by more than 30% per year. Thanks to the internet, new developments are spreading rapidly around the world. Everyone adsorbs the news immediately. Someone with a head start is disappearing. Responding to current events is therefore a key issue.

Digitization will continue and new technologies and developments will be introduced. VR and augmented reality are becoming important. Due to digital transformation, the consultancy market has become global. Twenty years ago there was no European market for landscape architecture, let alone a world market.

 

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Visualization from the Opte Project of the various routes through a portion of the Internet in 2005 (wikipedia)

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