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DEC + JAN // Monthly Update

Happy New Year pet project!

The year 2020 has been off to both a rocky and fabulously busy start. I’m stacked up with a ton of todos and commitments, with barely anytime to even enjoy an evening of nothing-ness. Lists gets pushed to the next day which gets pushed to the next week. Sound familiar?

“Is January over yet?”, one friend asks.

Yeah, actually, it is. So here I am with a much delayed monthly update. Thankfully I have something to show for it other than another Test sketch. (I quite enjoy doing those sketches though ^_^).

Before I post that said Test, here are two quick and fun reads that have been on my mind:

  1. How to Design Comfortable and Efficient Offices: Individual Workspaces
    I really enjoy office design. I don’t do much of it at work, but I like looking at well designed office spaces. This was a fun article to browse through, complete with accurate illustrations of different office space typologies
  2. The Art of Kakeibo: This Japanese Budgeting System Could Change Your Financial Life
    This was a light read but seemingly very important and relevant in todays fast-paced, often lose-lose world of money spending more than we save. Apparently there’s a neat trick to go about it. It still requires a good amount of self-control and a motivated mindset to keep at it. All it takes is to know it makes a difference — just like how I’ve decided to transition to plant-based eating thanks to Game Changers.

Seriously though, I have a test in the works. It’s moved past the sketch stage. Update soon. In the meantime, I recently compiled a few of my favourite sketches from my ‘Site Series’ Tests. 05_Artifact_sketch_AM

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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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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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