The role of contemporary architects and their architectural styles has expanded. Contemporary architecture goes beyond mere aesthetics, form and functional purposes, to address global concerns and technologies, pertinent to the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This thesis concerns contemporary architecture, spanning from the late 1990s to the present that addresses issues of economic and environmental sustainability, facilitated by new computerised applications. The economies of cities have been improved via cultural based projects by architect Frank Gehry. Current climatic concerns are being addressed through buildings incorporating various environmental initiatives and strategies, most notably by Norman Foster and Nicholas Grimshaw.
The aim of this thesis is to analyse and discuss how sustainability and new computerised technologies have been incorporated into contemporary architecture. The discussion will focus upon how the role and design briefs of contemporary architects have expanded to address economic and environmental sustainable initiatives. How contemporary architects have extended their technological vocabulary to include new computerised applications will also be considered. These programs have been required in order to design, manufacture and analyse new curvilinear organic forms. The resultant contemporary architectural styles, together with such technologies, are part of a more sustainable solution for cities, buildings and our environment. The significance of this thesis is that contemporary architecture has extended to include sustainable and technological integration.