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.
a test 007 – 1 UNIT: space under construction OCCUPANCY: n/a TYPE(s): architecture, new building AR/TIFACT(s): 02
The Cat’s still around busy backfilling the foundation. Slab on grade is in place. Suspended slab formwork is in progress, and the main level peri system formwork boards are getting craned in.
Sitework is progressing way ahead of my tests, but we’re making headway finally! I went to a mini lecture recently where Bjarke Ingels came to Toronto to talk about the new development going up on King West. There is a plan in place to interject my site series with a test from there. Not sure how the numbering will solve itself yet.
Did you see the new ipad pro? The forever question of do I need it vs do I want it.
A test 005 – 1 UNIT: built space OCCUPANCY: private office TYPE(s): architecture, renovation AR/TIFACT(s): 04
Back after a mini hiatus of busy busy. I finally got into the inside view of test 004. I don’t think it’s quite where I wanted but I also have a new idea for a new test series, so I wanted to move on with that. I may have to steer clear of interiors for the time being, it’s not working out too well yet.
The architect and mathematician Christopher Alexander once suggested that architectural design was the obligation to create “an intangible form in an indeterminate context.” This can certainly be true of the serious, ineffable qualities of good design. But in our modern age, the practical context is increasingly determinate, and outcome-based design practice—enabled by new attitudes, business models, and technology—will empower us to deliver the real value of both.” – Phil Bernstein (on Architectural Record, “Why the Field of Architecture Needs a New Business Model”)
I used to really enjoy Phil’s classes at Yale. He’s a downright downer sometimes (I mean this in a very positive way!), but speaks some really real truths about the industry. I took
his ‘Exploring New Value in Design Practice’ elective as well as the required Professional Practice course. What he’s summarized in this article is essentially the vein of thought that prevailed in his lectures and seminars.
It seems a little cynical as a designer and artist to be so in agreement with what he’s saying. To be fair, I still believe the real lovers and talents of their craft will still exist and flourish, because good design will always be appreciated and their value upheld. On the other hand however, I will say that not everyone is that designer. Some of us (myself included) aren’t at that peak, and thus exploring new value in the world of architecture
is almost a must. For me, I’m highly interested in research and development.
I’m inspired by firms like Kieran Timberlake and Foster + Partners, who dedicate entire departments to R & D. Most recently, I’ve discovered Superflux (why haven’t I checked them out before!), a studio in the UK that focuses on accessing possibilities of the future and how to tackle them with present day solutions.
While this project has only surfaced recently, a lot of the ideas and interests have been brewing over many years (as I noted in the Pilot), and the more I read and learn, the more interesting everything just gets. You could almost say it’s getting dangerous how many things I have told myself I’m “interested” in.
It is very hard, also, to stay motivated on something I’m such a beginner at, when there are multitudes of large corporate companies researching AND producing similar ideas. The neat thing, however, is that I’m so small no one will notice as I build my kingdom.
And that, is what motivates me to keep pursuing.
Research needs to combine actual research including knowledge acquiring along with theorizing and ideas generating with doing and producing. Tests aside, within the next few months I will get my hands on ARKit, and see where I can go with those.
Test 003 progress is being attempted. It’s been busy here.