Quite a while ago, I listed a new section within my CPD, I wanted to get into and understand how Big data would affect not only me as a person, but also my profession, and how I might teach detailing in the future.
Like many projects it got side lined as personal problems like taking up teaching, in a more serious way, my Professorship, which I take very seriously, and business got in the way. But as they say, I’m back, and have started to read more on the subject. I have started by the usual search on Google, and adding the results to my Evernote collection, tagging as I go, with items all linked with a single tag of “big data” then I have added separate tags to identify how I want to see it and whether or not is to be read, the obvious tag of “Read” comes in handy here.
I wrote about this a long while ago, after looking at a couple of IBM videos on Youtube, most of the information available looks at the way big data affects things like transport, improved capacity, the traveller experience, but my interest is how it will affect the design of buildings, or even the need for certain buildings.
Take for instance the way the car is used, I have a garage and a car, in fact we have two garages, and two cars, yet only one car gets put away, mine tends to stay out in all weather, and my half of the double garage gets used for storage and some form of workshop. thats fine, but what happens if the new driverless taxi takes of, do I need a car, and will new house designs need a garage.
Take the idea a little forward, perhaps I might get a better rate if I let the driverless taxi refuel, or plug in at my home, whilst it waits for a call. The point is, will big data and the way its affecting life change the way we design and detail.
Thats my interest, do I need to forget the garage, will planners need to re establish the local road structure and guide lines on house design.As soon as you look into the subject of Big Data, it becomes so clear that the smart house, is intrinsically embedded into the subject matter, and this is a subject I have been looking at over the years.
About a year ago, I started to look at the way, global warming would affect, my detailing, I was concerned that the condensation point for almost any structure might be affected, simply because we design for a singular thermal gradient, in that energy flows predominately out of the building, in fact we detail primarily to stop this happening, but as global warming takes over this might well be reversed, and the condensation point forced to move within the building towards the inside, causing mould and all sorts of rot problems.
Next comes along the new Nest products, the home automation, which will switch on a house heating just in time for your home coming, I am aghast at this, it seems to me, this will cause even more problems with housing, with heating of cooling being switched on just because its needed by the occupant, I want the home automation hub, to look at local big data and decide if its right to switch on, will there be enough sun to power the system, and is there a weather front heading towards the house that might affect the way it will work, and best of all, will switching on the cooling system cause condensation in the wrong place.
This brings in immediate local sensors embedded within the structure, and community sensors within a small radius broadcasting open free data on say temperature, wind speed, humidity, and cloud cover and cloud movement or direction, which might be stored on say local lighting poles of local buildings, again powered by solar.
So much to think of and so much to research, my note book is going to get filled, and Evernote will be working overtime to store it all, but most of all, will I be able to use it in my practice.