Hey, it’s Michael from ArchSmarter.
I fully intended to send this email out yesterday. I had it all planned out so I’d get done early. I picked my links and wrote up the summaries in the morning. I had a good idea for the intro story. I was all set to sit down and finish it up. And then life intervened. Another task that should have taken me 15 minutes ended up taking most of the day. And it wasn’t even work-related. Ugh. . . Does this ever happened to you?
While it’s easy to beat myself up for not meeting my deadline, what’s more important is to keep going. Sure, I should have written it on Wednesday. And yes, I should have built in more time to get everything done. You’d think after 2+ years of writing this email I’d finally have it all down. Lessons learned. Even though you’re experienced doing something, you still need refresher now and again. Sometimes it takes a missed deadline to make you realize.
Maybe next week, I’ll send out the Thursday email on Wednesday! Until then, here are 5 things to check out this week:
#1: Revit Schedule Series Part 4 – Note Block Schedules
In this fourth installment of her Revit schedule series, Purvi Irwin takes us through the hows and why of using note block schedules in Revit. If you haven’t used them before, you’re in for a treat! With detailed screen shots and insights into possible use cases, Purvi serves up a good read and the perfect side dish for your lunch break. Thanks Purvi!
#2: AEC Technology Updates
Let’s talk technology updates. Founder and Editor of AECbytes, Lachmi Khemlani brings us up to speed on tech trends in the AEC industry including. From advances in laser scanning to interesting mergers, Khemlani shines a light on several companies who are developing and improving products, platforms, and features that are sure to help make us more efficient and productive this year.
#3: What Architects Don’t Get About Climate Change
Warning: this article is not for the faint of heart. That said, it provides a much needed dose of tough-love not just for architects but for all of us who call this planet home. Richard Buday of Common\Edge does not hold back when writing about our dire circumstances but demonstrates how it is more important than ever before for us to roll up our sleeves and start doing the hard work.
#4: Flying Cars and the Future of Transportation
And now for something completely different. Flying cars has long been a dream of many a child and adult (including me). Though we are not quite at the point of wheels in the sky, several companies around the world are working hard to bring that dream to reality. With some great visuals and descriptions, check out these visionaries’ takes on air vehicular travel. Who knows, you may want to add that lift pad onto your garage sooner rather than later!
#5: Still stressed after a long break?
Having just come off a long break, this article definitely hits home. When you think of rest, does your mind automatically see yourself curled up in bed? Turns out there are actually seven different types of rest, with each form helping to restore a different part of our minds and bodies. If you’ve ever felt tired after taking some “rest”, definitely give this article a read. It could be that you’re taking the wrong kind of rest!
Question of the Week
This week’s question comes from ARK member Esmma Araim, who is curious about uses for VR other than presenting work. Does your firm use VR? Have you found uses for the technology beyond presenting to clients? Or do you have any ideas on possible applications? If so, click the link below to share your thoughts.
That’s all from me. Hope you’re having a great week.