Let's do some quick math. Minecraft was released in 2009, has over 40 million players per month
, and has an average player age of 15 years old. Assuming the average players were 15 in 2009, today these “Minecraftineers” are roughly 22 years old.
Prepare yourself Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) community, things are about to change.
The AEC community is no stranger to change. After all, we have seen this before in the transition from paper to CAD drawing, and then again from 2D to 3D drawing. With each transition, senior level employees were forced to ‘walk the plank’ and either get on board, or get left behind.
Well, it’s about to happen again and this time it will be using something affecting every industry in today’s market. Coding.
of all new jobs within the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) sector are computing related. Computing jobs
are the #1 source of new wages within the United States. These jobs are in every industry, in every state, and they're projected to grow at twice the rate of all other jobs.
So right now you are having one of two trains of thought. Either a) “there is no way this ever going to reach into the AEC industry; there is no correlation between coding and building” or b) “coding is already here, haven’t you seen Dynamo?”
If you haven’t heard of it, Dynamo is Autodesk's solution to creating a visual code. This visual code automates many processes that can be tedious to the everyday BIM user (i.e. creating 500 sheets for one project).
Alright, back to the Minecraftineers. This generation is about to enter the workforce and they are going to change it. They will be young, energetic and motivated (okay, maybe not all of them). And they will have one common mindset: that coding helps you ‘work lazy’. Don’t believe me? Read Michael Kilkelly’s 5 Reasons Architects Should Learn to Code.
While many are disgusted by the idea of ‘working lazy’, it is actually quite brilliant and ironically, more efficient. And what business doesn’t strive to be more efficient?