The “Trace” App by Morpholio Lets You Update Construction Design Changes On The Fly!

I recall in my days in the world of architecture as an intern where I’d go to job sites to document existing features, take measurements, and make changes to exiting construction documents on paper and digitally in AutoCAD — or even searching and finding the original construction documents in the school district archives because the school claimed to have lost them; I’m looking at you Alamo Heights ISD.  Anyway, more times than not you’d be on a project site and find  a problem that needed immediate attention. The problem is that once the project heads to the Construction Administration phase is NOT the best time for big design changes, new field conditions, client changes, errors, etc., etc…. Thankfully, Morpholio has updated their TracePro iPhone app, allowing users to alter job sites by simply “importing key components of the design process into the Construction Administration phase.” Continue reading “The “Trace” App by Morpholio Lets You Update Construction Design Changes On The Fly!”

Check Out the Progress on Apple’s “Spaceship” Campus #2…

You recall a few years back when news broke of the futuristic design of Apple’s new campus (you know, the one that kinda looks like a spaceship), and we’ve been given trickles of information from the company on a near-monthly basis on the construction progress. Now, thanks to some aerial quadcopter footage (because they ARE NOT DRONES; I don’t care how quick and fancy it sounds) of how far the construction of the “spaceship” campus has come. Continue reading “Check Out the Progress on Apple’s “Spaceship” Campus #2…”

Buildings Could Be Made with This Brick-Laying Robot

All Sorts of Buildings Could Be Made with This Brick-Laying Robot

Construction, in the MOST traditional sense, can be exhausting, back-breaking work, but that may change thanks to Swiss engineers who’ve developed a brick-laying worker robot that can aid us puny humans to erect buildings.  Scientists at Zurich’s Swiss National Center of Competence in Research have created the In-situ Fabricator, a smart construction robot that uses a large arm to lay bricks in pre-programmed patterns, and its wheeled base to maneuver around construction sites without human help. Continue reading “Buildings Could Be Made with This Brick-Laying Robot”

Shotguns & Elevators – WIRed #130

It’s time for Episode 130 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses a Canadian winter shelter competition, speedy elevators that can move sideways, DATING the diverse history of Nintendo, and the breath of fresh air called Shotgun Saturday Night! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading “Shotguns & Elevators – WIRed #130”

Beautiful Warming Huts In Canada ‘Warm’ The Harsh Winter….

Beautiful Warming Huts Are Proof That Canada Does Winter Better Than Us

The average temperature in Winnipeg during the winter is roughly 10.4 degrees Fahrenheit (HOLY FREAKING CRAP!), but even during those freezing days, the city hosts various events ranging from curling to broomball to the annual Warming Huts design competition, which chooses a new series of shelters to be built along the river’s banks.  These “warming huts” my be part of the festivities, but they also serve a very important purpose by making sure people don’t get seriously cold while traversing along the trail. Here are some of the winners that were announced from the competition: Continue reading “Beautiful Warming Huts In Canada ‘Warm’ The Harsh Winter….”

“Do You Samsung?” – Doc’D #2

This month’s technology-inspired episode of Documented (Doc’D) is about the history, innovations, and nerdy-geekery of Samsung, from their humble beginnings to their rise a one of the world’s top companies. Continue reading ““Do You Samsung?” – Doc’D #2”

Design + Cans + Charity = Canstruction

Hey, now you have something to do with all of those canned goods in your kitchen…or pantry…or garage…or shed….or wherever you hoard your aluminum cans full of food.

Canstruction is a U.S.-based non-profit organization providing canned food to local food banks in cities holding Canstruction competitions. Founded in 1992 by Cheri Melillo, the charity has since raised millions upon millions of pounds of food for food banks in participating cities across the world. Canstruction grew to become one of the largest food drives for food bank donations in the world, with over 170 cities and more than 30,000 volunteers taking part in Canstruction competitions worldwide. The competition involves teams of design professionals (namely architects, engineers, contractors) and the students they mentor, competing to design and build large structures made completely from full, unopened cans of food.  Continue reading “Design + Cans + Charity = Canstruction”