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August // Monthly Update

The pressure’s on as summer wraps up. There is no real pressure when there is no real deadline. Only the sense of urgency of producing something substantial. The summer I thought would be productive for my projects compared to the bustle of the school year has come and gone. The key is to stay optimistic and dedicated, and so I shall. What else is cooking — Continuing my illustrative tests and also starting to design some UI before digging into actual development. I also have been thinking about adjusting the goal/focus of the app. What is the main focus and who are my target users? What is the purpose of using this? So many questions.

Here are some quick reads:

  1. When Our Passion For Architecture Dwindles
    https://archinect.com/features/article/150153851/when-our-passion-for-architecture-dwindles
    This is a must read for anyone going through any stage of their architecture journey. From just starting architecture school to steadily chugging along in their careers. Sometimes it is only until you’ve gone through it you know it’s not for you, or that there are opportunities to pivot into something different. Same but different. I’m not sure where I am at the moment either so this article really spoke to me and gave me some motivation moving forward.
  2. How to Make an Augmented Reality App for Beginners
    https://maker.pro/custom/tutorial/how-to-make-an-augmented-reality-app-for-beginners
    I’ve had this saved for months, and have not tried it. Talk about motivation. It looks fun though!
  3. The Modern BIM Manager: Human, Machine, or Team?
    https://medium.com/autodesk-university/the-modern-bim-manager-human-machine-or-team-7b8724f56f8c
    Started reading up on articles like these, because I wanted to consider pursuing BIM management on the side on top of my regular architecting position. Clearly it’s a full time job to keep up, so I’m not so sure anymore. Being on the cusp and having too many interests can sometimes be a hindrance. But let’s see where this can take me.

That’s all for now — happy back to school / happy fall!

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July // Monthly Update

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This is a rough idea of where I could be heading. A simple app with a camera function that highlights locations where potential details could be. A bit preliminary of an idea but something more real than the little test blocks I’ve been doing.

I’d like to keep developing ideas for what the UI/UX would be like – the ‘flowchart’-like stuff is fascinating to me, but I have very little experience in it. Of course, I won’t be abandoning the Tests. 011 is coming soon…I promise.

 

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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 009

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a test 009 –
1 UNIT: space under construction
OCCUPANCY: n/a
TYPE(s): architecture, new building
AR/TIFACT(s): 02

Snow still lingers on the earth as steel gets tirelessly erected. We’re almost ready for enclosure.

As this is a learning in progress, I’ve missed a few things from the previous test that I’ve improved upon in this one. Namely the missing column in the lower level to support the steel column!

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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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site series // a test 007

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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.

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