A Genesis

A Genesis

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.

Lean Docs - Part 2

Lean Docs - Part 2

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.

Before the Game

Before the Game

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, ...

The Game

The Game

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 ...

A Sinister Plague

A Sinister Plague

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.

Musings for a New Year

Musings for a New Year

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.