After meeting with my friend to talk about the schematic design of his restaurant and apartment renovation project, we decided to start developing renders so that he could market the new design to the community and potential investors. I also started developing a better idea of materials, furniture, and decorative light fixtures by creating and working with draft renderings. Check out the initial draft renders of the spaces here!
Now, without further ado, here is this week’s Friday Four!
1. Lesson of the week – I can live without a smartphone
Growing up with the millennial generation, I’ve always thought that I would be inseparable from my immediate technology. This past week, I factory reset my smartphone to upgrade it to a new phone. Since my phone comes from a research lab at the university, there were issues with the new device. So I had to live a week without phone service and immediate internet connections. I found that I’m always working on multiple projects simultaneously, so I really don’t have time to pick up my phone and socialize on social media.
It was refreshing to put down a device that I’ve grown used to holding in my hand and enjoy the people and the environment around me.
2. Best moment of the week – Spending time with pets at an animal shelter
Ever since I was in elementary school, I’ve always wanted a medium sized dog that I could take on walks and adventures. This weekend, my girlfriend and I decided to visit a local animal shelter and we were able to meet a Labrador retriever, which is the kind of dog that I’ve always wanted. She and I both fell in love with this particular dog, but we decided that we wouldn’t be able to adopt a dog for the short future. We had lots of fun and if she’s around in a few weeks, we’re planning to adopt her.
3. What I’m currently reading – Design Competition Briefs on ArchDaily
Every now and then, I’ll head over to the competition page of ArchDaily and read through the newest and ongoing competitions. As I read through each brief, I’m able to learn about problems in areas all over the world that Architects have the ability to support through their designs and ideas. There are also requests for submissions for grants, awards, and publications that focus on a particular theme or design concept. I highly recommend reading and/or participating in design competitions to continually push your conceptual design and presentation capabilities.
4. 30x30 Project Update – Compiling images and text of project 6x30 for AIA design award submission
With the deadline of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) design awards coming up, I’ve decided to take some time to put together images, drawings, and diagrams of the competition that my friends and I just completed. I’ll be submitting this package after my vacation in Canada this weekend so I’ll be spending most of my time on this submission.