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?
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.
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:
“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.
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.
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.
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.
My thoughts have all just been mindlessly floating around in my brainspace without getting churned or developed to maturity – whether it’s is a mature dead end or a mature launching point. And so, this rolling journal is here to take on many forms and stages throughout the lifespan of the project.
At this nascent stage, this is an incubator for ideas. Thoughts; Challenges; SWOT analysis; Writing (but actually mostly in the form of the sketch below) As I learn, I will iterate. It is
highly possible the project will take many pivot points before reaching a state of stability, and even then, it has to grow. I want to also document any attempts at frontend development I may have. Further along, you may even see some working demos.
A bit more on ‘a test – 001’ (pretentious, implying I have 999 more exercises to attempt)
A test 001 — 1 UNIT: built space OCCUPANCY: public/semi-private TYPE(s): urban infrastructure, landscape, architecture AR/TIFACT(s): 06
I start with one unit of built space the idea to take place. What if, wherever you are, let’s say you enter this unit of built space, you have access to a whole new layer of information and media. It is not quite physical space and it is not quite virtual space. It is both in my mind – that’s what makes AR so interesting. Have you ever used Waze when driving? I think that would be a neat experience, at the scale of a pedestrian, to interact with your surroundings and having access to a database of information about all the things that are constructed around you.
I have more ideas to expand here for sure. But something to think about for now.