First The Chalkboard, Then The Whiteboard, Then The SMART Board, Now: Miro

Although in-person classes are now less than two weeks away, we are still finding new ways to share our work digitally. I never thought I would be completing the fourth year of my architecture degree online, but in the face of a global pandemic safety is top priority. It seems like we become more immersed in technology every day, but there is a need for tangibility in architecture that may never be entirely removed. Today, we experimented with a new digital whiteboard software, Miro. Being able to draw and take notes over completed work brought back a lot of the benefits of pin-ups that we would traditionally have in person. It is amazing to me how rapidly technology is advancing to meet needs that are not able to be met through digital interaction. With all new things there was a bit of a learning curve to figure out this new software, but by the end of the class we had all discussed our ideas and made decisions about how to move forward. We have been looking closely at the site to determine the best locations for the crucial elements like the entrance, parking, building footprint, etc. First, each group presented their analysis of the site and then their response to the conditions in Miro. Even though most groups noticed similar qualities of the site, almost every pair had a unique opinion on the best way to respond to these conditions. I think one of the most interesting things about architecture is how many solutions different minds can find to the same problem. It will be so interesting to see everyone’s unique ideas on the best program and layout for the Conservancy moving forward.

Diagram of Site Solutions, Done in Miro by Students.

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