There are artists who can create architectural illustrations to accurately describe a project. The complex concepts and objects are drawn in graphical form with artwork to communicate the idea to clients. Prominent features in the architectural design are highlighted in the illustration before it is presented.

How will cities look like in the future? All sorts of predictions have been made by scientists, architects and engineers on the changes that can be expected in the urban landscape from flying taxis to skyscrapers suspended from an asteroid. However, Carlo Ratti, an architect and designer, is more down earth and believes that the cities tomorrow will be similar to the cities of today.

Humans will still prefer horizontal floors, vertical walls to separate spaces and exterior enclosures as protection from the weather. However, Ratti says that big changes can be expected in urban landscapes and lifestyles in the next decade. New technologies will impact cities while communication and shopping will be radically different from what they are today.

Ratti believes that there will be an increase in self driving cars not drones because of financial, technological and safety reasons. People will still prefer urban transport on the ground. Digital data will allow people to choose from a transportation portfolio with different options based on real time information.

Buildings in the future will still have walls, floors and ceilings but they could change. An example is the renovation of the Angelli Foundation headquarters in Italy where the most significant innovation was the sensors that were distributed throughout the building. The sensors could track presence and respond to customized heating, air conditioning and lighting.

Environmental conditions in buildings will be tailored according to individual comfort at the same time that it reduces energy consumption. Buildings in the future will increase sensors that can respond to user’s needs in real time.

The technique used in architectural illustrations is similar to map illustrations. The focus is on the precise visualization of distances and enhancement of prominent parts and possibly combined with scale. The illustrator understands the architectural details that are essential in the design and the relevant information that the client needs.