|Hey, it’s Michael from ArchSmarter,|
|I hope you’re safe and healthy. I’m sure your daily schedule has been disrupted much like mine has, with all the closures and cancellations due to the coronavirus. I was scheduled to travel to Minneapolis next week for Midwest University. Just as I was about to book my flight, I received an email saying the conference was postponed. To be honest, I’m a bit relieved as I can’t say I was looking forward to traveling far from home right now. It’s too soon to say how things will shake out but it’s looking pretty grim for the near future. How about you? How are you dealing with the virus threat? Are there talks in your office of shutting down or having everyone work remotely?
Alright, I’m going to go wash my hands (again). In the meantime, here are five things to check out this week:
#1: Is Coronavirus the Beginning of the End of Offices?
The concept of the traditional workspace has been shifting over the last several years as remote work has become more acceptable and a serious cost-saving measure. Add to that, the rapid spread of the coronavirus is making remote work look all the more appealing. In this article, ArchDaily takes a holistic look at remote work, its evolution, and how it will impact office design in the near future.
#2: My Revit Laptop
If you are in the market for a new laptop (like me), read on to see what Jeff Pinheiro, AKA The Revit Kid, is using. He outlines all the performance and graphics considerations he feels are most important when choosing the best portable workstation for Revit. Detailed photos and a video talk-through of Jeff’s laptop make this must-read post before you hit that “add to cart” button. Thanks Jeff!
#3: Q + A: Testfit CEO Has Some Reservations
Check out ARCHITECT’s recent conversation with Clifton Harness, CEO of the startup TestFit. In the article, Clifton shares his thoughts on the architectural design world and what role his company’s generative design tool plays in quickly conducting feasibility studies.
#4: Comparing Analysis Tools
This week’s tutorial is all about daylighting calculations. Dan Stine is here to share a walk-thru of his recent testing of three tools for calculating daylighting in your project. Read on to see how each tool functions and the what they output. Be sure to check out the results image at the end of the post to find out how they all stack up and which program will give you the best daylighting results.
#5: What is Effort?
Scott H. Young channels his inner existential mountain-top guru as he muses on the question of effort, what it is, how the very thought of it can sometimes stop us in our tracks. The good news is that if we can break the concept of effort down and look at the different ways it manifests itself in our lives, we can create a better working relationship with this little six-letter word. Great thoughts, Scott!
Question of the Week:
A while back, I tossed around the idea of hosting a virtual conference – all online, no travel required. Well, with all the cancellations and travel restrictions due to the coronavirus, the idea of a virtual conference is taking on new life. What do you think about an ArchSmarter virtual conference? Would you attend? Would you want to present on a topic? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Click the link below to learn more and take a quick survey.
That’s all from me. Hope you’re having a great week.