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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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a test 013

a test 013 –
1 UNIT: Jewel in landscape
OCCUPANCY: Recluse
TYPE(s): architecture, new building
AR/TIFACT(s): 04

A break from the site series because the motivation for upkeep was not present. Refreshing the feel for tests with unusual shapes and complicated details for which AR/tifacts can be extracted.

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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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AUG // 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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