When The Interval at Longnow launched its speaker series, we jumped at the opportunity.
Giving a talk in a subject we are passionate about in a space we designed was a delightful privilege.
The Interval at Longnow has just launched it's updated website, and with it, videos of a select speakers.
We are proud to be able to share this awesome presentation that Jeffrey McGrew gave: "Talking with Robots about Architecture"
Jeffrey McGrew is "the co-founder of Because We Can, the architecture/design firm that designed The Interval at Long Now, talks about the future of building: automation, communication, and whether "robots" will change everything.
An informed and realistic overview of how architects and builders use automation today and how they may use it tomorrow."
Earlier this year we completed a faceted ceiling design in a vibrant downtown Oakland office.
These faceted panels were designed to cover up the installed ceiling infrastructure, help with office acoustics and add visual interest.
The complex ceiling panels had to integrate into the new infrastructure being put in place.
Working closely with the owners and the other contractors involved in the renovation, we used 3D scanning & BIM management to make the project a success.
The panels were created in smaller units so they could be easily brought into the space.
A pattern of perforations were cut into the panels for aesthetic interest and acoustics.
Sound absorbing material behind the perforations help with this open office sound issues.
Bold gold and white colors now cover the ceiling in a dramatic effect.
Now a dramatic effect as the ceiling is in place. Bright colors reflect light downward to create a brighter office without harsh lighting.
The bounce light off the panels is a soft light, the panels are beautiful to look at and the sound acoustic material helps with office noise.
Form and function working well together make for another successful office space!
So why can't we make buildings the way we make cars? Here's a short clip addressing that from Jeffrey's larger talk 'Talking with Robots about Architecture' he gave at The Interval back in February of 2015. Later this year the whole talk will be online along with many other wonderful talks given at the Internal over the last few years. But in the mean time you can find a much shorter version here, or if you've got a venue, Jeffrey would love to come and give this talk again. Enjoy!
It's time for our March Open House! This Friday, March 3rd from 5PM - 9PM
We'll be opening our doors and dancing (with robot arms), drinking, snacking, talking, making new friends, and raising a glass to all the wonderful people we work with. Please join us!
In the design office we'll be showcasing some recently completed architecture and design-build projects, along with our new 3D scanning and real-time walkthrough technology that lets you walk around the inside of the building before it's built.
While down in the shop we'll be demonstrating our newly expanded capacity to digitally fabricate very complex shapes in sheet metal.
Kids welcome, but it is a shop and a party. Lots of sharp corners around here. And they might learn some interesting new words!
Friday, March 3rd 5PM - 9PM ish
2500 Kirkham St
Oakland, CA 94607
A really big wall needs a really big sign! And this really big sign now adorns the really big wall at Clifbar in Emeryville, CA.
This now covered wall is a nice addition to this large common room used for all hands meetings.
We love supporting our local client's renovation needs, and Clifbar is always up to something interesting!
Working with the aesthetics of Clifbar in mind, we collaborated with the Clifbar team to come up with this raw plywood finish, lightly color tinted in three different tones.
This gave the sign a subdued patchwork assembled look that goes with the Clifbar branding.
Installing this piece up high was a big tall job, but nothing we can't handle. Just another big job for a big wall!
We will be hosting a morning session on Feb. 7th at 9:30 AM -- at our main office in Oakland.
It will be a fun & engaging hour.
Jillian and Jeffrey will be giving a tour of the office & fabrication facility, as well as giving a presentation of the back end of Because We Can.
We'll talk about how we work together in house and with outside contractors, using the best tech we can get our hands on to coordinate our projects accurately and efficiently:
an ever moving target in the construction world.
Here is a fun project we did for a neighbor of ours just down the street.
To help them update their office, we designed and fabricated this large reception desk using reclaimed wood brought down from Oregon.
The style was perfect to match the raw aesthetic they have in their office.
Laying out the pattern for the boards and getting the corners tight and clean was a prime focus for this design.
We love having our fabrication shop as part of our design firm.
It allows us to be fussy about the details, and make small design changes quickly to assure every piece of our projects comes out as beautiful as it can, while also being the perfect for the space.
No matter the size of the project, we enjoy sweating the details.
Seeing a space that we designed, filled with our striking, beautifully crafted pieces is the best.
We had many ups and downs in 2016, but overall it was a year filled with great projects and great people.
We ended it with a fun new event we hope will become a tradition, transforming our workshop space
into a wonderfully eclectic dinner party venue for a night. And it was super fun!
Here's to an exciting future- may your year be filled with delight at every corner.
My talk from the amazing Long Now Member Summit event is now live! It's a very brief 5 minute Ignite talk, crammed full of my thoughts on Automation in the Construction Industry. It's a much slimmed down version of a much longer talk I gave in 2015 at The Interval, and a topic I've been more than obsessed with.