Category : environment

Quantify AR

Above: QuantifyAR: a full-fledged cost estimate for a construction project. Recently I had the chance to beta test QuantifyAR, an iOS app that uses augmented reality to take on-site measurements for construction projects. It then translates them into quantity take-offs and cost estimates. QuantifyAR promises to take what would undoubtedly be some hours’ worth of […]

Put a Tree on it

Feature photo by Solterra Over the past two years, I’ve enjoyed watching the construction of Solterra’s new building on the corner of SE 9th & Division. As the project nears completion, some unique features are coming into focus. The south facade hosts a giant mural by UK Artist Finbarr Dac. He’s painted similar compositions all […]

Assembling the Story

Featured image credit: Forensic Architecture, Drone Strike Investigation Case #3; MSNBC Back in July, I wrote a post called Threshold of Detectability, inspired by Eyal Weizman’s book Forensic Architecture. In the piece I discussed the inherent power structure that exists within the data technology industry by way of restricted access to information, often with the […]

Oregon's Transportation Package

Feature Photo Credit: Oregon Department of Transportation Last month, Oregon’s legislature passed a $5.3-billion transportation bill in an effort to keep up with a growing population and increasingly inadequate infrastructure. As Portland continues to rise on the list of most infuriating cities to drive in, efforts to make our roadways more efficient have sparked intense […]

Mapillary Action

Recently I heard about Mapillary, an open-source app that lets anyone with a camera and an internet connection contribute to a database of street view images from around the world. We use Google’s street view all the time to create 3D models of remote locations, so I was curious to see what Mapillary has to offer. […]

All About Aerials
Posted by on November 15, 2016
Posted in: environment, imaging, legal, mapping, real estate, tips and tricks

Investigating a motor vehicle crash or crime? Planning a trip? Shopping for a new home? For these, and countless other activities, aerial photography is a valuable source of information. You probably already know how to get it: Google Maps, right? That’s a great place to start, but dig a bit deeper, and you stand to […]

Mount Hood Seismicity
Posted by on June 8, 2016
Posted in: environment, inspiration

Following Mount Fuji, our very own Mount Hood is the second most climbed mountain in the world, with over 10,000 people summiting a year. Mount Hood can look like a different mountain from different vantage points, sometimes appearing very sharp and pointed, sometimes much more supple like it does from the Columbia River Gorge. The tendency […]

Green Loop

The Green Loop is a concept for a continuous six-mile loop of active transportation and place-making infrastructure that would connect the east and west sides of central Portland. The concept has been around for a few years, but recently the John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape in partnership with Portland Bureau of Planning […]

Free Parking
Posted by on October 24, 2014
Posted in: environment, inspiration, real estate, transportation

What is the purpose of city streets? You might think that streets are just for moving people and goods, but this is not entirely true. In fact, about one third of the space (more or less depending on street type) is used for storage of private vehicles and other stuff, a.k.a. parking. To get a feeling […]

Sharing The Mesh
Posted by on September 12, 2013
Posted in: creative community, environment, inspiration, mapping, mobile, transportation, web

In January of this year, the car rental company Avis jumped onto the sharing bandwagon by acquiring ZipCar. This summer, Citi Bike (bikeshare) has finally launched in New York City. The past few years have been big for sharing, or as some brand it, “collaborative consumption.” In September of 2010 two different books were published […]