NXT BLD 2020

Earlier in the year I attended BIM live show. When talking to a friend about what I was up to he recommended I attend NXT BLD.

This year – like many conferences and events – NZT BLD turned into an experiment with it being held as a Virtual Conference.

There were a series of 6 Sessions spread over 6 days. I found the daily sessions a great way to attend those that attended me and found it easy to fit into my day.

Obviously it missed the interaction with participants but from a content point of view the delivery was very well done. I enjoyed all the sessions I attended and found them very thought provoking.

All sessions are available on demand for those that register and are definitely worth a watch.

At this stage NXT BLD 2021 is scheduled – in person – for London June 2021.

Based on this years event I hope I can attend 2021 in person and maybe even have an opportunity to show what we are working on.

Making a start…

Quite often things take longer then expected! But today marks the official start of something new.

Ive been trying to get something off the ground for over 12 months and after a few misguided attempts today marked the incorporation of a new business.

We’ve got a lot ahead of us before we’ll be in a position to talk about it but it is a great feeling to have my own business again.

Today marks the point where various prototypes from the last 6 months get put to the side and we start development of what will hopefully be v1 of our product.

Getting started is always a hump to get over, but while we have lots of challenges ahead of us as we begin to build a new business from the ground up, we now have a single minded goal and focus to aim at.

The B1M – 1,000,000

Great recognition for the work the team over at The B1M are doing with an amazing milestone reached recently:

The B1M becomes the first construction YouTube channel to reach one million subscribers

Wow! Thats a great achievement – congratulations Fred and team.

In Fred’s words, he

“loves construction and wants the whole world to love it too”

Fred Mills

Well 1,000,000 is a good first step!

Architizer

While I’m figuring out what to do with myself I am looking for inspiration in a number of places.

I have some ideas forming and its probably not surprising they are architecture / building industry focused.

I have tried to think outside of the industry to see if what other opportunities there might be but I keep coming back to architecture like some sort of homing beacon.

The Architizer Website is a great resource and I also follow them on instagram as well.

I’ve found there 17 Awesome Apps for Architects and Designers page a place I return after first seeing it a couple of years ago. It is great to see the apps that people are creating but I also use it to see if there are any potential gaps that I might be able to fill.

I can see a couple and am starting to explore and prototype some things to see where this may lead.

The posts on the Architizer instagram channel also provide some very useful inspiration and generate a lot of thoughts around some of my ideas.

BIMshow – Newcastle

I’m just back from a few days in Newcastle for the ninth bim show live event.

Its the first time I’ve attended but I have to say that Rob and the team put on an outstanding event packed full with a huge line up of speakers and exhibitors.

It was great as always to catch up with Rob Jackson and meet Emma Hooper. The work these two are doing primarily for Bond Bryan but also the wider community is incredible – I’m not sure where they find the hours for it all. They had two presentations regarding Better Information Management which were brilliant.

It was great to catch up with and also hear David Philp presenting as the Chair on the first day. It is a few years since David was down in New Zealand but it was good to reconnect.

Paul Tunstall’s demo of Rhino/Grasshopper/ArchiCAD/Twinmotion while showing me things I’ve seen many times before really started me thinking about something.

There was a good balance of presentations and social time and I hope I can make the trip across to attend again next year.

I also enjoyed getting out for a run and taking in some of the local architecture.

Stations and Airports

Over the years I have travelled through countless airports and a number of train stations. Though train stations were built decades before airports the architecture catering for the mass transit of people is awe inspiring in both contexts.

Paddington is a regular of mine and it always evokes thoughts of steam trains and pullman carriages

Paddington Station

Airports are equally impressive and have allowed many architects amazing expressions of structure to create grand spaces

Munich Airport

I was in Christchurch Airport earlier this year and was impressed with the detailing in the regional waiting area:

Below are some shots from London Terminal 5, Taipei, Dubai, Hong Kong and Zurich

Museum of Natural History

We’re in London for a few days to get in the festive spirit and today visited the Museum of Natural History. It is probably one of the most photographed buildings in London as the construction is absolutely incredible. Add the skeleton of a blue whale to the entrance hall and its hard to take a bad photo.

The exhibits are amazing but I was more carried away with the architecture.

The B1M

If you haven’t come across this website and YouTube channel then you’re missing out.

Fred Mills and the team put together great quality videos about construction. They take a look at both current projects and also historic projects from around the world.

In 8-10 minutes they provide great bite-sized videos with great footage and informative commentary.

I highly recommend signing up!

Temple of Monte Grisa

We were in Trieste last week for a long weekend and while out walking around the waterfront I caught site of something interesting on the Ridgeline.

Taking a look at the map (on my phone) I discovered the Sanctuary Monte Grisa.

 it is a most conspicuous landmark, seen by many, visited by few

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_of_Monte_Grisa

Before leaving for home we decided to be some of the few and took a detour up behind the city to discover this enormous concrete building set 300m above the sparkling Mediterranean Sea.

It is monumental both inside and out, and for someone who loves concrete as a building material it was great to see a highly geometric structure mixing off-the-form finished concrete and glass.

I just had to use black and white for some of the photos to show the nature of the forms.