Guest Blogger – Architectural Commentary: Metropolis 1-5-10

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We are going to start running a few regular columns here on the Tocci blog; starting with Pierce Reynoldson of  our VDC Department. With a Master’s of Architecture from Yale, we turn to Pierce on a regular basis for his thoughts and ideas about the Design and Construction industry. Rather than keep his insights to ourselves we thought we would share them with you by giving him an “Architectural Commentary” feature every couple of weeks. Take it away Pierce!

Guest Blogger: Pierce
Topic: Metropolis 1-5-10 Issue

In its January issue Metropolis asked leaders in the field how building trends will develop one, five, and ten years from now – hence, “The 1-5-10 Issue.” Preservation topped a list that I hope is in order of importance. Metropolis focused on “green retrofitting” and, citing New Orleans, ways of documenting buildings before they need preservation.

The article is more about the practical application of existing technology than techno-fantasy. One year from now: LSU will use a truck-mounted camera with GPS to document historic buildings. Five years: The National Center for Preser-vation Technology and Training wants to revive dying preservation trades. And ten years: preservation robots? Well, no. Robert Middlebrooks of Autodesk says laser scan imaging, “will become what people will be using.” Q5 and Tocci have personally used it on a number of projects already.

Preservation, conversion, and reuse are vitally important to the future of the industry. I really hope it is more than a recession-inspired fad.

What else will happen? In five years Hospitals will smell like, “Christmas, childhood, or Mom’s apple pie.”

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