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JAN // Monthly Update

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:

Onwards!

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OCT + NOV // Monthly Update

Hello World. This is probably a common habit, starting and not finishing series. I haven’t abandoned the site series, I do really think it is a worthwhile expedition to document the process of construction, and am excited to reach the end of that series someday. (Especially since the actual building for which I am basing the series on is now complete!) But I’m also excited about this new series of ‘Jewel in Landscape’, testing the organic shape of a jewel petal and it’s differing conditions as it interacts with its surroundings.

Since I usually post an update with sketches prior to the test, I thought I’d still post the sketch even though it is now after the post.

Links:

  1. How VR Training in the Workplace is Transforming Learning on the Job
    I think I can buy into this. Finding alternate ways to train workers in our COVID era, especially in the areas of “soft skills” is very valuable. I can definitely appreciate thinking outside of the classroom box, especially if this lifestyle change is here to stay. Giving nurses the hands-on experience they need, or even just office workers the interpersonal skill building they can be using virtually is worth working on. While I think nothing can quite replace in-person relations, the alternative thinking to addressing this current and future problem is really the way to go.
  2. Foster Partners adopts Spot the Boston Dynamics Robot Dog
    Now this is really cool. Technology and construction is so amazing.

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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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SEP // Monthly Update

I think it’s safe to say September was a wash for progress. I could not keep up with the flood of work, nor could I sit head down and power through even an ounce of progress on ARtifact. I also compiled a list of readings I thought would be interesting and exciting all of which did not get read (yet!)

Except one – how appropriate too:
How to Take Breaks that are Right for You
Unsurprisingly, everyone needs a break. But surprisingly, everyone needs a different kind of break. Netflix might work for one person, and reading might work for another. I’ll admit, even after reading this one, I’m not quite sure what relaxes me the most. Sometimes I get anxiety when taking a break because I feel like I need to be doing something or working on something productive.

An idea for the test series. If I want to show the ceiling, should I try the worms-eye? Or do I stay consistent as with the 11 that have preceded thus far.

test 012 sketch

See ya in the next update!

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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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