Where to find Ideas
What I am reading/ listening too....
  • The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion
    The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion
    by John Hagel III, John Seely Brown, Lang Davison
  • Five Chiefs: A Supreme Court Memoir
    Five Chiefs: A Supreme Court Memoir
    by John Paul Stevens

On this and future page(s), I will list ideas that have popped into my head. Most have no connection whatsoever to this website, others will. Please use them to design / build / plan something to advance your career, project, mankind, etc.

 

Architecture and Construction

 

  1. With the continual reduction in the cost of computer memory, one can see a day when the skin of a building is a computer or digital wrapper. What is good or bad about this evolution?
    1. Skins would be adaptable to their surroundings and environment. Modifying throughout the day, week, year to optimize energy use/ consumption.
    2. Building facades could just become another form of advertising.
    3. Building exteriors could easily adapt to new owners/ brands to meet evolving operations or typologies.
    4. Buildings could reflect the mood of it's occupants.
    5. It raises questions about who controls the facade of a building, the architect/ designer, the graphic designer/ department, the advertiser, the owner, the tenant, etc?
    6. It could make every building seem like New York's Time Square.
  2. 3D printing and on site manufacturing will change the way we design and construct buildings.
  3. Prefabrication will continue to evolve to the point where a majority of building will be compiled in a prefabricated way. Everything from ductwork, entire rooms, and entire buildings.
  4. Robots will begin to take over some of the day to day routine construction activities. 
    1. They have no union (yet).
    2. They can work 24/7 without breaks (assuming that neighbors will allow full time construction)
    3. BIM and Revit or other digital files can be downloaded directly to the robot for fabrication or construction.
    4. This will result in higher quality, unique forms and new products.
    5. If you do not believe me go here Constructing the Future
  5. Whomever invented the concept of percentage of construction fees, should be forgiven for a bad idea. Why do I think that these types of fees are a bad idea. Let's use an example:
    1. Imagine that you are an architect working on a project that has a construction value of $1m. 
    2. Your fee for simplicity is 10% of construction cost, or $100,000.
    3. Now let's imagine that five years later the owner wants to sell the property. They would hire a broker to sell a property that is no longer worth $1m it would be worth more due to inflation as well as total value. The broker will get a commission of say 4-6% on the total value of the property. That would be the $1m of original construction, plus escalated value plus the added value that the building has increased to the site property. For simplicity, let's assume that the rate of escalation is 4% and the site / land is worth an additional $1m when it was in it's raw state. As you can see the broker will essentially end up making the same amount of fee for inherently less labor. 
    4. The irony is that owner's balk at the fee architects request, but generally have no qualms at the fee requested by a broker. Why is this the case?
      1. Architects are perceived as not creating value but spending the owner's money.
      2. Brokers are perceived as making money.
    5. We need to turn this equation around- architects and their teams are the ones who created the total value of the project. A good architect will enhance the original property in such a way that it's true value is more than the site/ land and the building combined (great architect's even more so).