Hey, it’s Michael from ArchSmarter.
I recently joined an adult soccer league here in town after about 30 years away from the sport. To say I’m a little rusty would be a major understatement. But it’s a lot of fun and a great workout. Fortunately, our team is placed in a lower division where we play teams of a similar “ability”. I’m keeping at it and getting a little better (and a lot less sore) each week.
One thing I’ve noticed is that in the latter part of the game, with only a few minutes left to play, my intensity picks up. I get to the ball quicker. We start moving down the field faster. It’s like the last ticks of the game clock push us to exert that last bit of effort. Once the game’s over, I always wonder where that extra energy was hiding out when I needed it in the first half. Maybe I just needed the pressure of the end of the game to tap into that reserve.
Same thing with the end of the year. I don’t know about you but I’ve been super busy these last few weeks. I’m trying to wrap up a bunch of projects before taking some time off for the holidays. Just like the game clock, my calendar tells me there’s only a little time left, got to step it up. Where was this urgency in August or September? Who knows. All I know is that time is running out, the game is tied and I need to get to work!
Alright, enough sports analogies. Here are five things to check out this week:
#1: A well kept Revit secret: the CTRL key
The CTRL key, quiet and unassuming, is somewhat like the Clark Kent of the keyboard. Dan Stine, though, brings to light this little key’s special Superman-like powers in his latest blog post. See how using the CTRL key can streamline your work and have your projects leaping tall buildings in a single bound!
#2: Choosing the Right Specification Software
Writing specifications is one of most underrated tasks on any project. Compared to BIM, it’s not nearly as much fun. That said, a well-written spec can save you a LOT of trouble if questions arise in the field. If you write or review specs on your projects, definitely check out Archinect’s recent chat with Designer Pages’ Jacob Slevin. In the article, he outlines his five favorite spec writing software platforms that will help you save time (and aggravation) on your next project.
#3: What 2019 Meant for 3D Printing in Architecture
This year was a big one for 3D printing. From printed concrete columns to an actual bridge (!!), 2019 saw a lot of big things make their way through the printer nozzle and into the world. This post from ArchDaily highlights some of the more interesting 3D printed projects from this year and makes some predictions on what to expect next year. Good stuff!
#4: Eleven AI start-ups to watch in AEC
Check out these new start-up companies who are demonstrating how AI can be integrated into all aspects of the industry. Some pretty fascinating and intriguing developments coming forth. Keep up the great work!
#5: Best Instagram Accounts to Follow for Architectural Sketching
Bob Borson encourages you to feast your eyes on some truly beautiful architectural sketches in his third installment showcasing his favorite Instagram accounts. Carve out a little break time for yourself then sit back and enjoy the architectural visual artistry. Maybe even grab a pen and pad and do a bit of creative sketching while you’re at it!
Job Opening of the Week: Director of Digital Design + Technology
Looking to make a career change next year? CO Architects in Los Angeles is looking for a new Director of Digital Design + Technology. As the leader of digital design and technology, you will be responsible for working with principals, key leaders, and project teams to ensure the continuing growth and success of the firm, including active participation in practice strategy, design evolution, and the development of information, systems, and resources across their digital platform. Sounds like an amazing opportunity!
Question of the Week:
Do you use keynotes in Revit? If not, how do you create consistent notes in Revit? Do you use note blocks or generic annotations? That’s what ARK member Nicholas wants to know in this week’s question. Click the link below to share your thoughts.
That’s all from me. Hope you’re having a great week.