Technology is an integral part of our design process. We’re incredibly excited about virtual reality and are investing in it for our future. Our in-house HTC VIVE and Oculus Rift VR headsets bring our designs to life, allowing us and our clients to fully experience these new places and spaces and make informed decisions early on. Our dedicated VR artist creates immersive visualisations, and we also use Google Cardboard and augmented reality technology.
Another essential element is BIM – it’s the best, most efficient way to coordinate with consultants and contractors. That’s why we use it from feasibility onwards on all projects, and have in-house Revit support and training.
In the Make modelshop, we have 12 3D printers, including a resin printer, which produces the most accurate 3D-printed objects on the market.
In 2017 we were shortlisted for Best Use of Technology in the AJ100 Awards, but that’s only the beginning. We’ll keep on pushing ahead, investing in whatever equipment, software or training is needed to keep us looking to the future.
In 2013 Make founded the Future Spaces Foundation (FSF), a think tank dedicated to generating new thinking and research to inform the design of the spaces we inhabit. Its work so far has focused on what’s needed to create vital, well-connected cities. The research explores the socio-economic, demographic and technological factors that affect the way we interact and operate as individuals and communities, and explores how we can shape the towns and cities of the future.
The FSF has published its work in a series of reports: ‘Vital Cities: Transport Systems Scorecard’ (2016), ‘Vital Cities, not Garden Cities’ (2015) and ‘The Future High Street’ (2014).