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…

Starting at GLUCK+ (Trade Sets and an alternate path)

Gluck+ Facade Pattern

Design/Build project delivery methods offer a ton of benefits to both architects and their clients. Architects skilled and interested enough to deliver services on the construction site are all the more informed the next time they sit at the drafting board. Clients who hire these architects don’t lose invested project knowledge when a set is handed over to a third-party contractor.

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Paper Accepted to the ACSA Fall Conference!

In the Spring of 2015, Prof. Ford and I prepared two abstracts for the 2015 ACSA Fall Conference (themed “Between the Autonomous & Contingent Object”). The two abstracts were intended to take debating positions about the role of simulation in architecture, and both positions advanced the debate-style organization of the conference. One abstract was named “Simulating Paradoxes.” The other was named “Simulating Criticality.”

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Open Studios Presentation at Byrdcliffe

Open Studios - The Begining of the Evening

I was an artist presented a few days ago at the Byrdcliffe Open Studios. It was a exciting, loving, and humbling experience.

The premise of my Byrdcliffe Fellowship, and my subsequent work, is that architectural documents are an invaluable resource for forming a cause-oriented non-profit organization. Specifically, architectural products can be used to build a Board of Directors, to advance fundraising objectives, to galvanize volunteers for the mission, and ultimately to win the support of a community.

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For the third time this month, we’ve set the alarm for 4:00 AM, and struck out into the night to catch sunrise atop Overlook Mountain. Most mornings clouds conspired to our East and the sun rose unannounced behind a purple curtain.

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