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SUMMER + SEPT // Monthly Progress

Sometimes when you spread yourself too thin, things get attention much less frequently. That isn’t to say I have forgotten my pet project. Here I am, renewed and refreshed with a new test and taking a small break from the site series. It seemed like an easy series to keep up, given that I was matching the pace of the build — it is now complete. So I have some catching up to do.

Apart from hustling and bustling between work, side work, side projects, hobby projects and my pet project, I think what’s been a difficult hill to climb is to break out of the comfort zone of illustrative sketches and reach out to learn the tech side of my project. I still have an invested interest in the idea and the technology, but my skill sets lie elsewhere. Suffice to say, I am no tech wiz and I don’t know the slightest about producing an AR app. I suppose my starting an illustrative test series was my way to get started, but now that I’ve reached double digits, it should be about time to step into the cold water.

Quick read today:

This New AR App is Like Minecraft for Drone Pilots
It’s neat that apps like this are cropping up. I imagine the detail callouts for buildings could be viewed similarly, whether from ground level or up above. In either case it involves the mirage of merging the built environment with the virtual environment.

“But the app isn’t just all fun and games. DroneBase believes that AirCraft can be helpful in visualizing construction projects, particularly when using the blocks with building material textures.”

Tommy Palladino, This New AR App is Like Minecraft for Drone Pilots

Expect some more test sketches soon. 🙂

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JUN // Monthly Update

It goes without saying that I’ve fallen off the update train, down the rabbit hole of distraction.

I came across this reading today, saved over months ago among my endless array of chrome tabs. There are some encouraging thoughts and ideas in there. Once upon a long ago, several of my classmates started this journal, and it’s still going strong today. Talk about encouraging!

On Fiction and Phantasy by Shelby Wright

” It’s the job of architecture to speculate on a potential future reality and provide a path to get there. You have to convince Dorothy that the Emerald City and a wish-granting wizard are at the end of the Yellow Brick Road in order to start her on that journey. “

Even if the potential future reality I’m developing isn’t viable, what’s to stop me from at least finding out for certain? So, why not keep going. It takes a lot of uninterrupted and dedicated energy to start a project, and an even greater amount to keep it going. What keeps you going when you’ve got a pet project?

test 014 sketch

 

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APR // ‘Monthly’ Update

test 013 sketch

Unsurprisingly, the update front has been rather void the past couple months. A couple factors, and plenty of excuses amid the pandemic of coronavirus. Being quarantined at home and blessedly still able to work from home means my lack of attention and passion for my pet project was not as passionate as I made it out to be. I still enjoy the idea dearly and I have fun with each test I produce, but the speed at which the world of tech advances and the rate at which I can fully dedicate my conscious to this effort do not align.

In any case, today I finally sat myself down to think. And do (see Test 012). Keeping motivation during these times isn’t easy, but why not revisit floating projects in the architectural abyss when we can?

Here goes!

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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.

test 012 sketch2.jpg

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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