Ok, I admit it, I am a bit of a technology geek. Not the cool, modern version that has come about recently; more of the high school nerd, chess club member type. Yeah, I actually was in one, shhh don’t tell anyone. I’m usually the one that gets the questions on how to fix this or that in various programs and more often than not the one that gets to try to teach everyone else how to use the new program that was just purchased. A responsibility I have typically gone along with whether I really wanted to or not. Yes… sometimes it gets to me. For those that have had to listen to me complain, thank you, you know who you are.
Ever since I started college and got serious about my career in architecture, (I wish the two had come at the same time) I’ve had the chance to use a lot of different computer programs geared towards this sometimes crazy profession. Lately I’ve even been able to see how people are using blogs like this, all sorts of different apps, and even as far out there as drones to help push architecture forward. Very cool stuff!
For those of you that aren’t familiar, the architecture profession typically has to be pushed, pulled, flat out forced to move forward with technology. Usually kicking and screaming as we go. But I digress.
Currently the big thing in architecture is this funny acronym BIM, Building Information Modeling. We finally figured out how to model in 3d, the things that are being built in the real world in 3d already. Yeah, there is definitely more to it than just that, but not right now. Here’s the funny thing, and this is going to surprise a lot of the people I talk with on Twitter, Facebook, etc. I don’t like BIM, at least not how it is right now. It’s still too clunky feeling. Don’t get me wrong, it’s light years ahead of what it’s replacing, but the way we create our drawings now seems to be taking away the connection we as a profession have always had with our creations.
What’s the solution, I don’t know… We have touch screens, blue tooth connected stylus’, and all sorts of other gadgets at our disposal. How do we get back to creating our drawings more in tune with what we have done for centuries while at the same time using the power that this new BIM platform is providing us. Somehow the two need to come together, instead of moving farther apart.