Hey, it’s Michael from ArchSmarter.
It’s that time of year. Time for the mad dash to get everything done before the holidays. If you’re like me, you have a huge to-do list you’re slowly chipping away at. I’m planning to take some time off so I want to make sure I get everything done and close out the year. Getting to the end of the year always feels like crossing a finish line. And the weeks leading up to it are the home stretch. Time to expend that last bit of effort before you get to finally get to stop running. Almost there. . .
Since I’m taking some time off, you won’t hear from me again until January 9th. I’m going to unplug as much as possible, spend some time with my family, and do some planning for next year. How about you? What are your plans over the holidays? Going anywhere? Jump down to the question of the week to share your year-end plans!
Alright, here are five things to check out this week:
#1: What to Get an Architect for Christmas
For the record, I can neither confirm nor deny that my laptop was left on the kitchen table with this post open for all family members to see. Just saying. . . Bob Borson is at it again with another annual round of fantastic, useful, fun and quirky gift ideas for the architects in your life. Who knows, perhaps you’ll find some little Dornburg Owls peeking out from ‘neath your tree this year. I hope I do!
#2: Three Experiments in Generative Design
Autodesk offers up this intriguing read on their generative design residency program. For two week this past summer, five teams traveled to Toronto to take a deep dive into using generative design to solve everyday design problems. What did they get up to? Click the link below to find out in this informative and engrossing read.
#3: Archinect’s Guide to Job Titles: BIM Specialist
Have a passion for working with BIM and enjoy coordinating projects across disciplines. You might be a BIM Specialist in the making. Take a read through this guide to the role of a BIM Specialist courtesy of Archnect. In the article, Sean Joyner breaks the position down to its essence and shows how having focused and specialized knowledge in BIM can open up a variety of opportunities across the industry.
#4: What Will It Take to Move to Mars?
H.G. Wells, Elon Musk and Mark Whatney all have one thing in common; that little red planet, Mars. The fourth planet in our solar system has long captured our collective imagination. From now through February 23rd, The Design Museum in London provides the chance to visit Mars without having to make the months’ long journey sealed in a space ship. What would it be like to actually live there? Read on to find out.
#5: Why is Taking Action Hard?
Seriously, why is it so hard? Sometimes life can have you feeling that Newton’s first law of motion, “an object at rest stays at rest”, is your daily mantra. We all have things we want and have to do, but can’t seem to figure out how to kick start them into action. Scott Young muses on this frustration in his recent post and offers some possible reasons on why we sometimes fail to act. Better understanding the “whys” may help you get your own ball in motion so that it stays in motion!
Question of the Week:
Are you taking some time off over the holidays? If so, what are you planning on doing? Relaxing? Traveling? Maybe finishing up a personal project or two? Click the link below to share your holiday plans!
That’s all from me. Hope you’re having a great week.