Starting at Selldorf Architects

Starting at Selldorf Architects

I start this week in collaboration with a collection of architects at Annabelle Selldorf’s firm. These folks take a lot of pride in their construction document sets. I am already certain that they are going to push hard for a higher standard of graphic performance from their technology. Looking forward to it.

Teaching Architecture with Virtual Reality Tools

One day, I look forward to teaching an architecture studio that won’t look at all like today’s coursework. This studio of the not-to-distant future will see each student bring their own Virtual Reality (VR) glasses, and homework will have them use Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) techniques to explore their ideas. There will just be a lot more looking around.

Desks will still be messy. Students will still have to make physical models in this studio. Gravity is a unforgiving collaborator. Materials create their own dialogues. Connections are the soul of creative expression.

It turns out that this hopeful day is going to be foreshadowed this semester! Indeed, I’m getting a taste of it next week!

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Proposing VR classes for Architecture Students

VR Course Proposal

I’ve spent a few days composing a proposal for a VR-for-architects class at NYIT. I just sent the proposal to the Associate Dean, and I don’t know what part I’m more excited about. The course textbook is Robin Evan’s wonderful project, The Projective Cast. Just talking about those chapters for 16 weeks is interesting enought. But the course only needs a few thousand dollars of equipment to run – that makes me hopeful that we really have a chance to do something unique at our institute.

Here’ the big parts. There isn’t a sentence in the sample that doesn’t sound so cool that I would want to take the course myself!

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Midterm Illumination

Parametric Midterms 15Our Survey of Parametric Design Tool for Architects midterm assignments are the design and construction of lampshades.

(Can you see how the last two assignments about domes are imbedded in the midterms?)

My office is a wonderful place to sit these days. Not only are the midterms whimsical and fun, but they draw the curiosity of folks in the department. And we can keep the bland overhaed lights off, too.

The curator of Gallery 61 wants to build an exhibition next year that includes these pieces. More news when things get decided…