The time has once again come for an #architalks post. It feels like so long since the last post about my favorite recipe. This month’s topic is “New Year, New _______”. Please check out the links at the bottom for some other cool takes on this topic.

New Year, New Reality

I have been really into technology for most of my adult-ish life (I still have trouble calling myself an adult). I have always tried to get my hands on the most cutting edge stuff. Although the price of the bleeding edge often leaves me out of the picture. Still, at di’velept we are trying our best to use technology to make our projects better because we know it can improve the process. There are many blogs dedicated to this topic, but today I am going to talk about one of the newest and best.


I asked Santa for a Google Cardboard headset (i.e. virtual reality headset) for Christmas. I've been testing it out for a couple of weeks now and am ready to provide a verdict. IT IS AMAZING. I have toured everything from a the Palace of Versailles to an imaginary dinosaur world. Both of these in a much more “real” experience than just looking a pictures. It is so helpful to virtually experience the space. To help showcase how this is helpful I've created a few demonstrations.

On New Year’s Day I went to Fantasy Canyon here in Utah. It is an amazing place. I am going to go out on a limb and guess that most of the people who are reading this will never make it there. So, while I was there I created some tools to help you experience the space. First is a YouTube video. You can get a pretty good feeling for what how things look. Also I created a few Cardboard ready files. One of the great things about cardboard is the accessible price point. You can check out this affiliate link for the headset I have. It was only 6 bucks. After having spent some time with the technology I am going to upgrade to a little nicer headset like this, but it is still under twenty dollars. If you don’t have a headset you can still look at the images, but they just look like a panoramic picture.

VR Scene 01

VR Scene 02

VR Scene 03

Now that you have explored some of this technology with a real place let's talk a little bit about how this can help in architecture. At di’velept every project we do will be “built” as a 3d model. We find this an indispensable part of our process. The trick has always been trying to get present the 3D model in an accessible way to our clients.

This is where Cardboard is going to change the way we work

Recently we have learned how to create “3D” images from our CAD software. These images can be created from any point in a project. A web link is automatically generated. That link can be emailed and then viewed on any browser. These views provide a great way for anyone to get a really great sense of the design of a space. For this post I have created some view of some recent project.

You can view the photo-sphere on any browser. If you are viewing it on a mobile browser if you turn to landscape mode with will split into two images. After that happens slip your phone into a headset and then experience a new reality. We are still just getting our feet wet with this technology, so the renderings are not as refined as they will be after a while of testing. But we still feel this is the best way to communicate the design of a space.

The Harvard House

You can read more about the Harvard house at this post. It is going to be a very great project was done in collaboration with TagSLC.

Front Exterior

Main Living Space

Private Residence

Here is another project on our boards that is really helped out by being able to “see” the space before building it.

South Facade

North Facade

Main Living Space

Knowing how to use these tools is going to change the way we practice, for the better. It will help us communicate our designs to the world. We are very excited for this new reality of architecture.

This post have been part of the ongoing #architalks blog series. Architalks is a coordinated monthly post by a variety of architect bloggers. It is designed expose the fact that not all architects are the same. Take a minute to read some of the other post.

Enoch Sears - Business of Architecture (@businessofarch)
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Bob Borson - Life of An Architect (@bobborson)

Matthew Stanfield - FiELD9: architecture (@FiELD9arch)
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Marica McKeel - Studio MM (@ArchitectMM)
New Year, New Adventures

Lee Calisti, AIA - Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
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Mark R. LePage - Entrepreneur Architect (@EntreArchitect)
New Year. New Budget.

Lora Teagarden - L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
New Year, New Goals

Collier Ward - One More Story (@BuildingContent)
New Year, New Business

Nicholas Renard - dig Architecture (@dig-arch)
New Year, A New Hope

Jes Stafford - Modus Operandi Design (@modarchitect)
New Year. New Gear.

Cindy Black - Rick & Cindy Black Architects (*)
New Year, New Casita

Eric T. Faulkner - Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
New Year, New Underwear

Rosa Sheng - Equity by Design (@EquityxDesign)
New Year, New Era

Michele Grace Hottel - Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
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Meghana Joshi - IRA Consultants, LLC (@MeghanaIRA)
New Year, New Plan

Amy Kalar - ArchiMom (@AmyKalar)
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Michael Riscica - Young Architect (@YoungArchitxPDX)
New Year, New Life!

Stephen Ramos - BUILDINGS ARE COOL (@sramos_BAC)
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brady ernst - Soapbox Architect (@bradyernstAIA)
New Year, New·ly Adult Architect

Brian Paletz - The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
A Little Premature

Eric Wittman - intern[life] (@rico_w)
new year, new [engagement]

Sharon George - Architecture By George (@sharonraigeorge)
New Year, New Business

Brinn Miracle - Architangent (@simplybrinn)
New Year, New Perspective

Emily Grandstaff-Rice - Emily Grandstaff-Rice AIA (@egraia)
The New New

Anthony Richardson - That Architecture Student (@anth_rich)
New Year New Desk

Greg Croft - Sage Leaf Group (@croft_gregory)
New Year, New Goals

Jeffrey A Pelletier - Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
New Year New Office

Aaron Bowman - Product & Process (@PP_Podcast)
New Year, More Change

Kyu Young Kim - Palo Alto Design Studio (@sokokyu)
New Year, New Office Space

Jared W. Smith - Architect OWL (@ArchitectOWL)
New Year, New Reflection

Rusty Long - Rusty Long, Architect (@rustylong)
New Year, New Direction