July 25th, 2013
By: Steve Bennett, CAD Manager, HMC Architects
Building Design+Construction recently asked HMC, “What’s next for BIM technology and adoption?” Here is my take on where the industry should be headed:
We are right on the edge of realtime collaboration between separate companies becoming a standard for every project. As it stands currently, IPD and design-build focused projects would benefit most from this, but I’d like to see all project delivery methods utilize an environment where everyone can work on the BIM within the same computer network. With the proper protocols in place this would breakdown any remaining barriers and encourage best practices for high-performance architecture and high-performance buildings.
Facilities management and down stream use
By enabling realtime collaboration, we can start to invite the owner and their facilities management team to the table and let them collaborate with us on the same network that the rest of the design and construction team are on. They can see the project develop and provide input immediately. After completion of construction, I’d like to see a wider adoption of tools that allow facilities management personnel to be able to take advantage of the data generated during the creation of the building.
Simulation/data reporting on building performance
The last big area that could take advantage of BIM is energy usage simulation during design followed by sensor tracking after completion to see how the building performs compared to the design. The more buildings that we can track actual energy usage and other performance metrics, the more informed we will be for future buildings we design and construct. It will also allow us to better manage existing buildings and ensure we are taking advantage of the environmentally friendly features we designed.
In all, I would say the future is very bright for BIM/VDC. Realtime collaboration, facilities management use of downstream BIM and simulation & data reporting on building performance are just starting to gain momentum. Getting these different areas to become more mainstream than it currently is will present a similar challenge as it was to getting BIM mainstream. I think building owners will become more supportive of these efforts as more and more projects take advantage of these trends over time.
Also, read what some of the others in our industry are saying about what’s next for BIM too. BD+C BIM Article >>
May 30th, 2013
By Adrienne Luce, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and President HMC Designing Futures Foundation
As part of HMC’s Designing Futures Foundation partnership with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s LA Metro program, directed by Professor Stephen Phillips, AIA, PhD, fourth year CPSLO students convened at HMC’s LA studio on May 24 for their final review. The 21 aspiring architects had developed plans for a Performing Arts and Film Institute. The students were assigned sites on Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard, each location presenting different challenges and design considerations. Drawing studied inspiration from a series of 2d patterns of their choosing including hounds tooth, sound waves, teardrops, water currents and crystals, the students developed a series of formal spatial investigations.
May 29th, 2013
By Karen Okamoto, Senior Administrative Manager
Today, 4th grade students from Curtner Elementary School visited our San Jose studio to learn about the similarities between the process of inventing an object and the design of a building. It all started a couple of months ago when HMC was invited to participate as judges at Curtner Elementary School’s first Inventor’s Fair; the top 10 winners of the fair were invited to visit our studio and learn about design and architecture firsthand. Our own Katia McClain and Marko Blagojevic gave a presentation to the students about a current project they are working on: the South Campus and Fitness Center at Evergreen College. They explained how through several iterations, the design concept evolved from glass beakers, abacus, and a 100m race into the design of buildings with slanted walls, windows following mathematical series, and horizontal lines in metal panels representing movement.
February 21st, 2012
*Public lectures will be held at the A+D Museum in Los Angeles, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Limited seating available, tickets can be purchased at http://aplusd.org/
For the full lecture series schedule, visit the LA Metro website.
January 11th, 2012
By Steve Bennett, originally published on Adventures in the World of BIM
It’s still hard to believe, but HMC has given everyone an iPad 2! Now the possibilities for collaborating just went through the roof. Do we call each other on FaceTime now instead of the phone? Do we share info via iMessage? Anyways, now that I’ve had time to sit on it and let it soak in, I found myself crafting a list of apps that I’ve found useful to share, and naturally it included all the Autodesk apps. When I was done crafting it, I couldn’t believe how many apps are available already. You can find any of these apps by searching the iTunes store with the name provided. Read on for my full list…
November 22nd, 2011
By Adrienne Luce, Designing Futures Foundation’s Executive Director
For many years, arts education advocates had the same conversations with the same groups of people about why the arts were important and why they should not be cut from our schools. In 2007, an initiative was launched by the OTIS College of Art and Design under the leadership of its president Samuel Hoi that changed everything. For the first time the conversation about the value of the arts was completely re-contextualized and expanded to a broad and diverse audience. Last week I attended the 5th annual OTIS Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region held at the Colburn School in downtown LA, and I was just as impressed and enlightened this year as I have been every year since the project’s inception.
August 23rd, 2011
By Lisa Sawin
We recently lost a champion in the sustainable movement. Ray Anderson, founder and Chairman of Interface, passed away last week from cancer at the young age of 77. Ray Anderson’s clear mission and approach to sustainable business established Interface as the worldwide leader in design, production, and sales of environmentally responsible modular carpet, and will continue to inspire us beyond his lifetime and 2020 goal to summit the metaphorical Mount Sustainability.
“In 1994 founder Ray Anderson received a dramatic wake-up call—something he described as a spear in the chest. He realized there was an urgent need to set a new direction for Interface. He challenged us to pursue a bold new vision: To be the first company that, by its deeds, shows the entire industrial world what sustainability is in all its dimensions: people, process, product, place and profits—and in doing so, become restorative through the power of influence.” (from Interface’s website www.interfaceglobal.com)
July 19th, 2011
Beverly Prior presented “Knowledge Generation for the Small Firm” at KA’s Evidence-Based Design Forum, sponsored by AIA San Francisco. KA put together these videos to capture the ideas from the event, watch and pass them on.
June 27th, 2011
By Evan Troxel
Reposted from Method
The other day I gave a presentation to a client. Sounds normal, right? As designers, we should be doing this often. But this time, I tried something new—hooking up an iPad to a digital projector for a full, high definition presentation. Let me be the first to tell you that it was beautiful. Let me also be one of the first to say that I can’t wait for this to be wireless over Airplay when iOS 5 comes out. Read the entire article from my blog, Method.