Hey, it’s Michael from ArchSmarter.
I’ve been thinking a lot about vinyl records lately. Maybe it’s because I just spent a weekend at the Ace Hotel in Portland, OR and all the rooms came equipped with a record player and a stack of vinyl. Or maybe it’s because I’m reading The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter.
Despite being left for dead years ago, vinyl records are making a serious comeback. Though still a small percentage of overall music sales, the market for vinyl has been growing steadily. I can see why. Listening to a record requires focus and intent. You need to select the record, put it on the turntable, place the needle, then sit back and listen. It’s a lot more work than just clicking a playlist on your phone and that’s all part of the appeal. The book highlights a number of other analog objects that are seeing a resurgence in the digital age, including newspapers, brick-and-mortar retail and my favorite, sketchbooks.
This has me wondering if there aspects of our jobs that could be better served by reverting to analog tools or processes. Certainly sketching hasn’t gone away and some firms still build physical models. And we still print paper drawing sets. What do you think? Are there analog tools you’d like to see make a comeback? Hit reply and let me know.
OK, it’s time to flip over that Dolly Parton record. In the meantime, here are five things to check out this week.
#1: Revit Model Upgrade Tips
Going to upgrade a Revit model any time soon? They you definitely want to check out Jason Kunkel’s recent article. In it, he provides some things to consider before, during, and after the upgrade process in order to ensure a smooth transition. Thanks for sharing Jason!
#2: How to Work with Parametric Arrays and Constraints in Revit Families
Pete Heibel of BIMsmith shares a great video tutorial chock-full of tips for creating parametric arrays and constraints in Revit families. A little over 12-minutes in length, this video will help keep some of the challenges and frustrations at bay the next time you find yourself needing to lock down some parameters.
#3: BIM is Simple
The word “simple” isn’t often the first thing you think of when it comes to BIM. However, BIM Freak breaks BIM down into simple terms in this article, demonstrating how a simple and slower implementation of the technology can lead to a stronger foundation and more successful buy-in from your team. Good food for thought.
#4: 3D Printing Architecture
Feast your eyes on the visually stunning designs brought to life by Amsterdam-based architectural firm DUS and their offshoot 3D printing business, Aectual. Archipreneur spends some time talking with the company’s three co-founders on what inspired them to build their own large scale 3D printer and what kicked off their journey towards bringing more customizable designs to the marketplace. Good stuff!
#5: Hunting for Famous Architects’ Forgotten Design-School Projects
Atlas Obscura is known for finding the wondrous and weird things out in the world. In this article, they highlight the Van Alen Institute’s database of forgotten design-school projects. With project images from the late 1890s to the present day, Atlas Obscura plucks out some interesting school projects from well-known architects. Definitely a fun read. How about you? What school projects have you hidden away? Might be worth revisiting them again!
Question of the Week:
Does your firm use a content management system for Revit? If so, ARK member Kasper Miller wants to hear from you. What system or software are you using? What are things you like / don’t like about it? Click the link below to share your thoughts.
That’s all from me. I hope you’re having a great week.