Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Virtual reality is a powerful tool for designers. While still in the early stages of development in architecture, with this tool, we can offer our clients a familiar language for understanding design, beyond the interpretation of 2D drawings or even 3D models. Sharing this type of experience eliminates the need to explain what a space is or how it functions. It allows us to be a fly on the wall, and gives us greater insight into how people will intuitively perceive and navigate through spaces.
Using virtual reality has an aspect ...[more]
Friday, 6 November 2015
Everyone in the design community is talking about Virtual Reality, and that’s not surprising. It seems like every new design tool and technology comes with a promise to help us work more efficiently and more effectively. As a rookie user, I have to say that my VR experience has opened my eyes to the future of design.
When Angeline from our IT team mentioned that she’d been developing a virtual tool that would let users experience their 3D SketchUp models in VR, I jumped at the chance to test it on the NICU (neonatal ...[more]
Tuesday, 22 November 2016
Last week Cameron Reid and I represented the Shepley Bulfinch Geeks by participating in Construction VR’s booth and ABX2016. It was a collaborative effort of groups in the area who are using VR within the AEC industry. It was exhilarating to be part of a true community of VR enthusiasts who weren’t looking to sell a product, but were excited to share their experiences and provide support for those looking to bring VR into their own practice.
We had visitors from all over the AEC community, including a number of ...[more]
Wednesday, 31 August 2016
In our last post we discussed how, for the first time for many people, Pokemon Go introduced an augmented reality (AR) that is both mobile and interactive, seamlessly integrating digital elements with our physical surroundings. We also posited that as this technology progresses, AR will have a profound effect on the practice of architecture, both on the buildings we design and the tools and methods we use to design them. For this post, we’d like to share a few ideas from these two realms.
But first, imagine augmented ...[more]
Wednesday, 27 July 2016
By now you’ve surely heard about the worldwide phenomenon that is Pokemon Go. For the uninitiated, it is a smartphone game requiring players to move around the real world in order to find and capture fantasy creatures called Pokemon. Once encountered, players see the digitally-created Pokemon overlaid onto the live camera feed of their smartphones.
This type of digital-physical mash-up is referred to as augmented reality (AR for short), and it’s not really that new. The first written description of the concept was made by author L. Frank Baum in 1901. More recently, if you’ve ...[more]
Saturday, 29 March 2003
by Deborah Johansen
Children’s Hospital Boston: From the Mock-up Room to Reality
As part of the design of the Berthiaume Family South building, Shepley created a full-scale mock-up of an operating room and an ICU as a design conceptualization tool. This article first appeared in the March 2003 issue of Healthcare Design.
Thursday, 1 October 2015
As its name promises, HBX Live is a virtual classroom designed to reproduce the intimacy and synchronous interaction of Harvard Business School’s famed case study method in a digital environment.
Participants from around the globe can log in concurrently and join real-time, case-based sessions with HBS faculty who teach from the HBX Live studio, located in the Boston-based facility of public broadcaster WGBH. In the custom-designed studio, a high-resolution video wall mimics the amphitheater-style seating of an HBS classroom, where up to 60 participants are displayed on individual screens simultaneously. In addition, others can audit sessions via an observer model. Sessions are expertly produced using still and roaming cameras, creating the ...[more]
Thursday, 17 November 2016
Follows architecture firm’s work on adjacent Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab)
Shepley Bulfinch, a national architecture firm known for design excellence and innovation with offices in Boston, Houston and Phoenix, announced today the completion of the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab at Harvard University in Allston, Mass. Made possible by a gift from Judy and Steve Pagliuca, a formal dedication was held on November 3, 2016.
The newest component of Harvard’s growing innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab is a new 15,000 SF, two-story building that creates much-needed ...[more]