The Future is Now: The Future of Architecture

The field of architecture, long reliant on its traditionalist approach, is finally catching up to the latest advancements in technology. Ion Popian, a Romanian born New York based architectural designer, prides himself on using a variety of technological solutions in his work. Specializing in the restoration of historical structures, Ion balances a nuanced archaeological perspective with the tools of the 21st century.

Storing his measurements, photos, and records from site visits on his tablet, Ion can easily transfer his data to his office computer, where he creates 3D renders and sophisticated CAD drawings.

Ion is currently working on a restoration project at St. Patrick’s cathedral in Midtown Manhattan. He relies on his Intel-powered tablet as a centralized digital tool kit. Storing his measurements, photos, and records from site visits on his tablet, Ion can easily transfer his data to his office computer, where he creates 3D renders and sophisticated CAD drawings.

With the advent of 3D printing technology, architects and designers have instant prototyping ability. As he recasts the bronze doors and ornate fixtures inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Ion is able to 3D print models, rather than spending weeks or months hand-building these structures. Together with Intel’s state-of-the-art technology, Ion Popian is constructing the future of architecture.

The Future is Now is a 10-part video series that explores people and companies using Intel-powered technology to reinvent the future.