Thursday, October 29, 2009

Design & Technology Conference: ACADIA

Wow ... incredible is the word. I was inspired and motivated by the presentations that I saw at the ACADIA conference. And, I really love Chicago. It is the cleanest, big-city I know. I met some facinating people - so many of whom had ivy league educations. I was honored to meet and mingle with so many who had so many accomplishments. It was my first experience at a conference that had an academic focus rather than an emphasis on practice. I enjoyed the variety of theoretical precepts. Ask me sometime about fritting. I saw some amazingly simple actions that could create movement in designed surfaces. Multiple layers of glass, perforated metal, or plexi appliqued with felt dots could be rotated to form rhythmicly changing patterns and levels of transparency. Really beautiful use of technology. Other technologies use sensors and actuators that allow architectural elements to respond to human activity. I was already somewhat familiar with smart textiles - clothing that can record vital sign data and report information back to a physician. Next, architecture could do something similar and respond to climactic data and evolve to become self-controlled like a mega-thermostat. The possibilites make my head hurt.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Packing for Travel

I took a class this week in REVIT Architecture, I learned so much!!!. I was so mentally and physically tired after three days of sitting in front of a computer that I now want to avoid it all together. I better get ready, because I am about to do it all over again this coming week, but in Chicago instead of Dallas. And, I freely admit it, I have never figured out how to travel light. But, this trip is going to be different. I think that I have finally reached the point where I care more about having to lug stuff about than looking fabulous under all possible circumstances (even though it isn't possible anyway). The other problem is that I love clothes. I started working at the age of 15 in order to buy clothes, and now my closet is stuffed to the brim. How is it that my closet is full of lovely clothes, but I never seem to have just the right combination for the circumstances??? I have yet to discover this. I leave next week on a simple trek - to a conference in Chicago to learn how other professionals and educators in the design fields are approaching technology in architecture. I don't expect that I will need extra special attire - just comfortable and presentable. I expect rain - that's the clencher. I have a basic trench coat, but somehow it seems tired and unfashionable. I have a casual wind breaker, but maybe it is too casual?? I have a great black leather jacket with a zip out lining - but it doesn't seem flexible enough. The decisions are gut wrenching. But, I am vowing not to buy anything new to cram into my closet except for a better umbrella. Thank goodness for Eileen Fisher. Her clothes always work for dressing high or low - now to choose. . .

Friday, October 2, 2009

ACADIA Conference

I am gearing up to attend the ACADIA conference in Chicago later this month. ACADIA is the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture. The image above is an image that I created in Rhino software for a conceptual project. I am looking forward to the conference. I looked at a preview of the papers being presented and they sound very scholarly. I was planning to take the REVIT workshop while at the conference, but they have cancelled it, so it looks like I will enroll in a local workshop instead. I am going to be teaching computer graphics in two studio courses next semester, and I imagine that the conference will be full of people with amazing ideas for CAD education. My friend and colleague that my husband Mike and I know from our work at Fallingwater will be there, Aron Temkin. He is in charge of the digital media courses in the school of Architecture at Florida Atlantic University, and I have already learned a great deal from him just by association. I am already working hard to prepare my classes for next semester at TCU. My students this semester are excited about learning and enthusiastic in their work. I am exceptionally proud of them. I look forward to what they will bring to the design profession.