April 7, 2020

One of the many bright sides of the current situation is that we’ve got a bit more time on our hands to develop skills and get inspired! Get back to the basics and your original passion for architecture by entering competitions, consuming some content that isn’t studio-related, and learning the things you might not have had a chance to learn at school. Here are some websites to check out when you’re bored, or to put the “pro” in procrastinating.

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• Take a “vacation” and check out these gorgeous views and videos, put together by travel photographers: Four Day Holiday in the Arctic

• Participate in AIAS Competitions and win some serious cash at www.aias.org/competitions! Thanks to our sponsors and partners, there are great opportunities available.

• Look into these ACSA pre-recorded webinars that talk more about how to excel at remote learning: https://www.acsa-arch.org/2020/03/13/pivot-to-online-learning-discussion-sessions/

• If you were looking forward to all of those amazing lecturers coming through your school this Spring, there are many documentaries and interviews online that are almost the same and just as interesting! Here are a few to start with:

◦ https://www.aiadc.com/GiantsofWashingtonArchitecture

• For those who will not be graduating from school in the next couple of months, use this opportunity to work on those programs that might have given you trouble throughout the year. There are tons of  Revit, AutoCad, SketchUP, Rhino, Archicad, and Grasshopper tutorials online.

◦ FREE Revit Course: https://courses.stereobim.com/courses/revit-for-arch-interns

• Have you forgotten what a construction site looks like? Search YouTube for amazing and informative time lapses like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tMceQ3UiKo

• Looking for something somewhere between Netflix and a podcast? Don’t forget about TED Talks, here are some of our favorites: 

Liz Ogbu: What if Gentrification was about Healing Communities instead of Displacing Them

Brad Buchanan: Through Connection to Rural and Urban Spaces We can Overcome Sprawl

• Blow off steam by getting back to our 90’s and 00’s roots and playing browser-based computer games with your friends:

◦ https://www.crazygames.com/c/io

◦ https://www.pcgamer.com/best-browser-games/

◦ https://cponline.pw/

Online Settlers of Catan: https://colonist.io/

• Go on virtual tours of amazing museums and art galleries: https://artsandculture.google.com/