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OCT + NOV // Monthly Update

Sometimes workload ramps down towards the end of the year and sometimes it ramps up, tenfold. The later is what’s happening so far these past two months. But, an update is an update. I have not opened Rhino since the last test, and while I had an idea for how to transition into the interior site studies last time, I’ve redrawn my latest sketch. An exploded isometric vs the worms eye. Will see which works out better.

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Sometimes just doing a little bit at a time just isn’t enough. It will be a new years resolution to put some more time into this, but as such I have really wore myself thin towards the end of 2019. Hopefully I can get this last test in before the new year. It makes sense anyway, the building is set to open in Spring 2020!

In terms of readings, thought I would go back to the basics and just understand how exactly I can tie AR into my idea.  And so:

 

  1. What is Augmented Reality

    “The AR system will need to understand reality and reconstruct it to create its digital twin.”

    I believe the idea of a digital twin is very prevalent in the AEC industry already. There’s already documentation out there that having a digital twin of your building is very crucial to better management, coordination and maintenance.

  2. How can augmented reality be used in education?
    If you can’t beat the system, join em. Education was actually one of the areas I wanted my little app to work in. I think it would be very cool, at least for architecture students or alternate interested parties to have the option to learn more with AR.

    “Once AR becomes more widely available, teachers can then augment their field trips to add layers of learning and interaction to the day’s activity.”

    I also think part of the reason I’m more interested in AR is because it has some roots in reality. There is both the digital and physical realm to work within.

    This is also an important point –
    “A growing number of educators are prioritizing learning that encourages problem-solving, collaboration and creation to better prepare students for the future. “

    Being able to access critical thinking skills seems less and less a priority in the younger generation with the adaptation of go-to technology. If technology can once again bring back those helpful life-long skills, I am all for it.

 

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SEP // Monthly Update

I think it’s safe to say September was a wash for progress. I could not keep up with the flood of work, nor could I sit head down and power through even an ounce of progress on ARtifact. I also compiled a list of readings I thought would be interesting and exciting all of which did not get read (yet!)

Except one – how appropriate too:
How to Take Breaks that are Right for You
Unsurprisingly, everyone needs a break. But surprisingly, everyone needs a different kind of break. Netflix might work for one person, and reading might work for another. I’ll admit, even after reading this one, I’m not quite sure what relaxes me the most. Sometimes I get anxiety when taking a break because I feel like I need to be doing something or working on something productive.

An idea for the test series. If I want to show the ceiling, should I try the worms-eye? Or do I stay consistent as with the 11 that have preceded thus far.

test 012 sketch

See ya in the next update!

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JUL // Monthly Update

20190811_UIsketchtest

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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JUN // Monthly Update

Remember when life was less busy? I don’t.

Work has been picking up, as the project enters some critical design decision phases before things get approved and underway. Hard to believe the building is slated to open in less than a year! It’s been quite rewarding, and really pushing my site series tests along.  My interests have been so divided lately, I can’t help but jump from one thing to another.

For a delayed June update, my UI tests and designs will have to wait, but here’s a sketch completing the envelope ahead of a possible interior site series tests:

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As well as some cool reads I picked up along the way:

 

  1. Augmented Reality for LEGO Construction with iPhone
    This is pretty cool! It was actually the recent apple keynote introducing ios12 AR features that really sparked my interest in developing this idea further. It’s clearly taken off, and LEGO is an excellent way to promote the technology as well as further everyone’s love for building things!
  2. Unity Reflect: BIM to real-time 3D in one click for better design decisions
    Here’s another interesting one, Unity taking on more and more roles within the AEC industry, this time with BIM real-time rendering. I have yet to try this, and barely anytime at work to test and introduce it to the team, but it’s worth a look I’d say. Especially if we want to be forward thinking about the design process on the architecture side.

That’s all for now! Super delayed, plus really short. A pet project will be a pet project though, I do have plans to see it through, however slow it must proceed. 🙂

 

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APR // Monthly Update

Well it was a busy month (what else is new)

I managed a sketch but no readings! A lot happening on site, a lot to learn from.

test_010_sketch

The next step with this project beyond these little tests is to further the research. Perhaps this needs to be in the form of design still, as that is where my skills are at the moment. Development is a further path down the road. What would a comprehensive yet minimal UI look like for this?

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FEB // monthly update

Hey there end of February.

I’ll admit, I’m failing at keeping a schedule. It’s been hard to will myself to work on the next test. It’s been hard to make time for brainstorming interface ideas. It’s been hard just keeping up with a side project. No surprise. I’ve tried reading motivational, productivity, inspiring medium writing. They’re good, and they’re helpful, but sometimes an over-saturation of it starts to do the opposite — feels even more overwhelming. Sometimes you just gotta do it!

Thankfully, things are moving forward on site, which means I may just progress with my site series. It’ll be a little late, but it’s on it’s way!

Here’s a sketch of the next site series — steel is here!

sketch 009

Links ahead:

  1. Freddy Mamani’s New Andean Architecture adds colour to Bolivian city
    This is pretty amazing. It’s trippy as heck, but colourful and unique. I don’t know how this style of work will fare around the world, because it’s very bold, but the splashes of colour and fantastical geometric forms can certainly brighten up the street. I’m now wondering how my Artifact app idea can bring more of these unique designs to the surface. I guess there could be a global search function that highlights certain styles of details? Colour perhaps? Architizer probably has a good system for that.
  2. How the Internet of Things (IoT) is Changing Modern Office Design
    More on the Internet of things. Office design is really fascinating to me, somehow.

    “It is embedded in everyday objects we use and allows them to communicate autonomously with each other.”

    What if they’re communicating to us through a digital overlay of information? The article discusses the use of VR to enhance communication between coworkers, customers, etc. On the flip side of such an integrated work experience, will this be the end of work-life balance? Probably more to be said about that model in another discussion.

  3. The healthy Architect or how to master Stress in Architecture
    An older article but a good read to refresh our mindset of how to work successfully, productively and also balanced.

    “Stress as part of the profession or part of the culture?”

    This is a long and loaded one. But a lot of the pointers are very standard and practical advice. Sometimes you just really get into a project, or a problem to solve and consume-ing-ly (not a word) hack at it non-stop. And sometimes you go at it too long and burn out. I’m no stranger to this cycle. So what’s better, this extreme ends cycle or a seemingly less stressful series of habits to approach ‘balance’ from a different perspective? Honestly I’m not sure. I think both could be viable solutions, and really it pends on so many factors. Including a considerable amount of self-control, understanding of one-self’s capabilities and limitations, as well as knowing one’s threshold of fun and active. What’s your way?

 

I’ve been testing out development on android this past month. Started with something very simple like a sticker pack using a template Android Studio package. But it worked and at the very least I can say I have officially joined the Android development world. Next steps for this app may be a lot more complicated, especially without a concrete idea. So more brainstorming to come.

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JAN // Monthly Update

Hello January. Rather, See Ya January!

It’s the new year, which means ARtifact Lab was on my new years resolutions to keep hacking at. The site series may take a one-test break for an insert test while real-life progress on site gets ready for steel. That being said, here’s some sketches for Test 009 ideas: Last October, I went to check out the local but temporary BIG Serpentine pavilion, here in Toronto to promote Bijarke’s new ‘Habitat’-esque proliferation of housing units across King West. The project is pretty neat, even though it’s quite insane. I also checked out a talk including Bjarke himself, the head of Westbank development, as well as artist Douglas Coupland, longtime friend and collaborator of the two.

I did a pretty early sketch of a simplified test version for the towers back in October, but here’s an update:sketch 009

I have some plans for more interface design options for the coming months in addition to the ongoing Tests. Looking exciting.

In the meantime, here are some links! Only two this week and both from Redshift, which I have been following more regularly.

  1. IoT Technology Will Improve Safety and Efficiency on the Construction Site
    IoT stands for ‘Internet of Things’ — a blanket term that encompasses a number of web-enabled smart tech. The things they can do are pretty neat, I would love to be part of this kind of development.

    “Just like the smart watch senses your daily activities and gives you insights into when you should walk, meditate, or drink a glass of water, IoT on construction sites are also identifying risks before they happen. “

  1. 5 Things the Built World Can Learn From a Filmmaker’s Digital Pipeline
    I was in the entertainment industry for a really brief while, on the computer animation front rather than film making. I think they’re wildly different, but seeing the word ‘pipeline’ sorta strikes at some nostalgia for sure. This one isn’t a long read, worth running through! #3 is so true.

    “The same holds true in the built world, where more refined real-time visualizations and actions can allow decisions to be made earlier and prevent the time-and-cost ramifications of delays.”

That’s all for now, bye!

 

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