Happy New Year and End of the first month already!
Returning to the site series this new year and hoping to finally wrap up the ‘building’ before starting another set of tests. Series are helpful because it allows me to create a guideline for each test — especially when construction phases are involved. I predict at most two more tests left for the current site series, but won’t deny there may be a new site series to take its place.
Other news on the ideas front, instead of continuing the research into developing the app, I’ve been contemplating more mundane and likely less fruitful things, such as turning my CAT excavator into a pin. I’ve also been contemplating updating the design prior to this venture. Sketches below:
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.
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.
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.
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
I have been both busy and tardy about working on my next test as well as keeping up the research. Of course it happens. But I do try to keep up the sketching at the very least, as well as plans for the next tests.
Here’s a sketch of the alternate wework test (from the interior!)
Because of the busy-ness though, I haven’t had too many experiences to provoke thoughts for the next test. The past week I have been reading about neat AR/VR related articles related to construction.
This one is particularly interesting, posted on Redshift, Autodesks’ technology editorial:
“With the combination of where you are with the visual odometry system and what is around you, you know pretty much everything you need to know about the world,” he says. (link)
Did I just do a quote of a quote? In any case, this kind of technology is definitely the direction I want to go. It makes me a bit nervous that all this research and tech is already in development and supported by massive companies like Autodesk. (I wouldn’t be opposed to trying to get my foot in the door.) While the content of this article focuses specifically on use for in-progress construction, I love the idea of being able to ‘see through walls’.
What I imagine with my project is seeing through walls, but not necessarily of pipes and ducts or beams and columns, but neat architectural details and building assemblies that you can’t fully appreciate or admire from the outside. Another issue I would like to tackle is providing this data as information of value to people not involved in the industry so that it can reach a wider audience.