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MAY // Monthly Update

Hello there!

May has truly been hectic. I have to admit, I set this project aside for other ones and other priorities. Test 010 is finally underway now though, so I hope to get that out in June (wait…it’s already June!)

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Oh how barebones they start…

Here are some neat things I saw recently —

  1. @not___work
    He probably doesn’t remember me, but Tamrat was a senpai of mine back in Yale. Some of his recent stuff is almost exactly what I wanted to start experimenting in. Very cool AR things, check it out.
  2. This Bricklaying Robot is Changing the Future of Construction
    Good ol’ Redshift. Latest and greatest news on technology in the AEC industry. I find it hard to believe this robot was a decade in the making. What was I even doing ten years ago? I barely remember. The school days are a blur, it’s time to make things!
  3. It takes a Village to Create Gender Equality in the Construction Industry
    This is so so important. I thought it appropriate, due to my current set of ongoing site series. Being on site can get a little daunting sometimes being one of very very very few women. While I’m not on the construction side of things, the lack of women in construction and trades is very evident in the project I’m on. I can count the number of women on site I’ve seen working on one hand. I think the article makes a good point – spreading the ideas, discussing it and actually physically having more and more women get involved in construction will certainly help get the ball rolling. The key to know is that it’s an option, and it’s a very viable option.

    Women in construction aren’t just a social initiative; they’re a strategic imperative. “There’s one group of people saying, ‘Oh my God, there’s a labor shortage,’” Skidmore says. “And there’s a group of women saying, ‘Oh my God, we only have access to low-wage, low-skill jobs.’ We need the two groups to start talking to each other. Because when you tell women it’s possible, they go after these jobs.”

 

Ok June, let’s see where you’re going to take me. Or should I be the one taking you somewhere? 🙂

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site series // a test 008

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a test 008 –
1 UNIT: space under construction
OCCUPANCY: n/a
TYPE(s): architecture, new building
AR/TIFACT(s): 03

A new vehicle has entered the scene. It was at work in the background before while the CAT was busy clearing and moving dirt. Concrete’s almost complete. The calm before the storm that is Steel to arrive on site.

 

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NOV // Monthly Progress

At the rate I have been reading, learning, sketching and producing, I think it is safe to assume that I have been able to push out a test once a month. It is probably a good benchmark for me as I am. Now this is the point where I realize weekly has become bi-weekly and then bi-weekly has become monthly. And eventually the project fizzles into the dust of an alternate universe. But, I think monthly is actually totally achievable. It gives me time to learn in my job (for the site series tests), read enough interesting buzz to reflect about, sketch my next ideas, and of course, produce a test.

So how goes this monthly? Test 007 came out smoothly and was well received on instagram. Probably the best place to follow for just my test progress, whereas my text updates will happen here on the blog. It will come in two parts, the first will be test sketches as well as interesting articles or ideas that have come up. And the second part will be the actual test. I guess…that means I’m back to bi-weekly. 🙃

Here’s a collection of interesting AR stories I’ve read recently (actual article of course, may not be too recent)

“… but really any time you’re working on new stuff the goal should be for the radical new technology to basically just disappear, to be invisible to the user.”

  • Nike’s new NYC flagship store is fueled by its mobile app
    There were a slew of these articles released the past few months about Nike’s new retail stint. It’s pretty darn cool, I’d definitely be down to check it out. Retail ain’t dying yet, not on Nike’s watch.

  • Opendesk launches augmented-reality shopping for its open-source furniture
    Speaking of AR in retail, here’s another one closer to home (haha…) I Like this idea, and I’ve tried it unsuccessfully with the ikea app earlier this year when I got my (now outdated) ipad. With the new ARKit2 opportunities though, there’s just so much possibility.
  • Think Generative Design Is Overhyped? These Examples Could Change Your Mind
    I’ve linked and mused about a Redshift article before. Here’s another one that caught my eye. There is some controversy regarding generative design to replace space making (and from the designer’s perspective, it could be a scary thought — what use am I now?), but what about if we shifted that perspective to understand generative design as a partner to design? We’re not getting replaced, we’re just getting actively and exponentially assisted in ways we never could have imagined just a few years ago. I remember walking through Autodesk’s new Toronto office, and there was a little display talking about how generative design is helping with boeing aircraft design to not only increase the strength of the shell, but also reduce weight, reduce waste, reduce fuel needed. Just so many things.  That made me incredibly excited.

I’ll finish off with sketches for Test 008. Somehow it looks like I’ve caught up to construction progress. Perhaps the next test will be a break and I will intercede with some recent event tests. Moving on up
sketch 008

 

 

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Hyperreality

I happened on this article and blog a week or two ago and it’s got me pretty excited. First, the name of the site is great — failedarchitecture. Not unlike baseball, architecture’s playing a tough ball game of success vs. failure. We’re talking about stats where edging below 50% is considered phenomenal. More often than not, the chances are pretty low for ringing out truly remarkable and amazing work of architecture. Not that there are not enough successes versus failures out there, but architecture in itself is just such a long long process. But I digress — the baseball season just wrapped up (congrats to the Red Sox!) so that was on my mind.

What’s fascinating about this article? Aside from the excellent examples of explorations in AR, I think the author has really highlighted the increased importance that AR can play in our urban environment.  Hyperreality is a fantastic video, definitely take a look. The overlay of digital information added to an extreme case of gamification and identity crisis really sheds light on a potential future for humanity. Both terrifying and inspiring, to say the least.

“Matsuda’s film ultimately suggests that augmented reality may become so commonplace as to be essential to making sense of one’s world.”

The merging of AR with reality reminds me an old anime from 2007 I watched, called Dennou Coil. That feeling when a majority of life is experienced through a digital overlay, including pets.

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dennou coil screenshot from the internet

I was also excited to read about ‘Urban Tapestries‘, a research project that combined the flexibility of the mobile device and GIS with internet technology to develop a network of shared locations. It reminds me of an early predecessor to the ‘check-in’ app Foursquare or Facebook’s check-in status update. I’m intrigued with this project, particularly because it explores something very similar to what I had in mind. The article puts it best: a “thoughtfully-considered and collectively-generated vision of spatial augmentation through mobile digital technology”.

While the project was completed well over 10 years ago, this level of depth and expanse of a research project is along the trajectory of where I want my project to go. But who knows, things may divert once I actually start developing.

“At turns both wildly hypothetical and eerily prescient, Headmap explores in-depth the implications of “location-aware” augmented reality as a kind of “parasitic architecture” affording ordinary people the chance to annotate and re-interpret their environments.”

So what of my turtle of a project so far? Well test 007, part of my ‘site series’ is underway. By means of a sketch below. I’ll pick up the pace quite soon, just been delayed by my distracted nature of being interested in too many things at the same time.

Following along with the construction of the project I’m working on in my full-time job has been very helpful though, so the goal is to keep up with that in the near future. I’m probably a couple weeks behind relative to what’s actually happening on site, but as I mentioned in the beginning of this post, architecture just takes so so long. So I think I will catch up soon enough. Cheers!

sketch 007

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A test 002 —
1 UNIT: built space
OCCUPANCY: public
TYPE(s): architecture, public plaza, landscape
AR/TIFACT(s): 05

IDEAS: xx

My launching point is the Mies TD Towers in the financial district of downtown Toronto. Note my pilot post & logo. I feel that if I were to pick a starting point of notable buildings in the city, this is an ideal place to start. A Classic, with significant historical backing as well as poignant details to select from. The modular and orthogonal shape of the towers also provides a great testing ground for analysis. Maybe. I quite possibly really just wanted to include the cow(s).

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Unlike virtual reality, which creates a completely immersive virtual environment, augmented reality overlays digital content onto real-world imagery.

https://www.dezeen.com/2016/08/03/microsoft-hololens-greg-lynn-augmented-realityarchitecture-us-pavilion-venice-architecture-biennale-2016/

Written almost two years ago. But – There’s so much to learn; there’s so much to develop; there’s so much to research; There’s so much to design; There is always more to explore with new technology. It is never too late to start!

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a test 001

My thoughts have all just been mindlessly floating around in my brainspace without getting churned or developed to maturity – whether it’s is a mature dead end or a mature launching point. And so, this rolling journal is here to take on many forms and stages throughout the lifespan of the project.

At this nascent stage, this is an incubator for ideas. Thoughts; Challenges; SWOT analysis; Writing (but actually mostly in the form of the sketch below) As I learn, I will iterate. It is
highly possible the project will take many pivot points before reaching a state of stability, and even then, it has to grow. I want to also document any attempts at frontend development I may have. Further along, you may even see some working demos.

A bit more on ‘a test – 001’ (pretentious, implying I have 999 more exercises to attempt)

A test 001 —
1 UNIT: built space
OCCUPANCY: public/semi-private
TYPE(s): urban infrastructure, landscape, architecture
AR/TIFACT(s): 06

IDEAS: xx

I start with one unit of built space the idea to take place. What if, wherever you are, let’s say you enter this unit of built space, you have access to a whole new layer of information and media. It is not quite physical space and it is not quite virtual space. It is both in my mind – that’s what makes AR so interesting. Have you ever used Waze when driving? I think that would be a neat experience, at the scale of a pedestrian, to interact with your surroundings and having access to a database of information about all the things that are constructed around you.

I have more ideas to expand here for sure. But something to think about for now.

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