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June // 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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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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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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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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Site Series // a test 006

a test 006 –
1 UNIT: space under construction
OCCUPANCY: n/a
TYPE(s): architecture, new building
AR/TIFACT(s): 01

As with my last few, developing unit tests based on my
own personal experiences has been the easiest way to learn. It also helps me go from experience
> pen > paper > digital production > blog
a lot more smoothly. Amidst attending
lectures, visiting site tours and hobby doodling, in my day job, I am still a
full-time (almost) architect. What better place to extract from?

The project I have been on for the past two years is finally
under construction, and being both blessed with great leaders and lucky to have
seen all parts of the project so far, I am now able to drop in site to watch
the building physically take shape. And so this next series (an undetermined
amount as of now) will be an exploration of ground-up architecture. This test actually compiles a few phases of the start of
construction. From site preparation and soil analysis to formwork for the
foundations to sheeting foundation walls with the proper water vapour barriers
and insulation. These diagrammatic tests are in no way an accurate
representation of the exact building construction, but they serve as an
illustration for the phases that I get to observe when I go to site.

There are
currently already several technologies utilizing mixed reality to not only aid
the construction process, for example in commissioning or building inspection
that enable users of a hardhat + visor to get a digital augmented visualization
of the innards of the building as it is getting constructed. One such would be
Daqri’s Smart Helmet. Pretty neat. My idea is focused more on a
finished product detail, but that isn’t to say am AR overlay couldn’t be
applied early on during it’s construction.

I’m excited
for this series because I can see a lot of growth out of it, even if all the unit will ever show is the corner of a building. The only sad part is  the CAT won’t always be in the
picture.

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