Effort is required to understand the issues affecting design and the models and documents that describe it. it is important to discern where subjectivity and opinion apply and where they do not.
The 21st Century may be remembered as the time when global connectivity became the norm bringing with it a tsunami of information. We are bombarded with daily email, text messages and many other forms of media. Smartphones track our moves and ping with notifications from apps clamoring for our attention.
Several years ago, while waiting at O’Hare airport for a flight home, I noticed a dad with what I estimated to be, his 2-year old son, looking out the tall windows at the large wide body jet airliner parked at their gate. The sheer size of the jet was inspiring - but what intrigued me was the little boy who would slowly grow to become a full-sized man.
Drawing Systems are intended to simplify and streamline aspects of the CD documentation effort. Generally, they are not "perfect" in the sense they purposely do not try to cover every kind of situation found – just the majority of them. Unusual, atypical and special situations may warrant additional drawings or notes.
How has Lean Thinking been applied to a design professionals work? Are there better ways to document and what does that look like? Does the BIM environment and workflow reduce or eliminate the need for 2D drawings and documentation altogether? These are good questions which I will try to address below.
Significant amounts of money, time and effort are expended in preparation to play the game of football - and most any other sport. Drafts are held and trades made to assemble the best players available to build the team's capabilities. The coaching staff employs strategic analysis to understand their teams, and the competitions, strengths and how to exploit any weakness. Plays are devised, ...
Football like most sports has one objective, to ultimately score more points than the opposing team by the time the clock runs out. It is a complex game with sophisticated strategies and complex plays. The stakes are high and teams employ a formidable array of talent on the field as well as off in order to gain any advantage. Football is also a simple game ...
Beginning with the introduction of Stiky Bak in the early 1980's, the copy machine became an instrument allowing us to easily copy and place typical details or schedules onto drawing sheets. Another leap forward occurred with CAD and the ability to copy and paste information from other drawings. It was the start of the "cheapening" of information.
As a technology advocate I’ve watched with interest the many changes to our industry over the last 34 years. The tools used today in the practice of architecture bear little resemblance to those in use when I was an intern. Below are a few observations about the influences, trends, and how we as architects intersect with and use technology. Apologies up front for wandering around a bit.
I believe one of the most overused and least understood words in architectural practice today is Quality. Firms speak of quality, we write about it in RFQ’s, but do we really understand what it is or what constitutes quality service from the perspective of our clients and how to provide it on a consistent basis?