Augmented reality is often the future, particularly in the construction industry. With augmented reality, developers can create virtual walkthroughs of buildings that do not yet exist without the high cost of physical models.

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These visuals help clients visualize what a new building would be like and make it easier for designers to plan and document their projects.

1. Use Tt to Create Models of Existing Buildings

Augmented reality can be used to document and simulate existing buildings. The tools allow users to create 3D models that can be shared with clients to show what a building would look like with new features. Users can use augmented reality to create stunning models of existing buildings.

2. Use It to Plan New Construction

A project’s success is often determined by its ability to consider the community’s needs and wants. For this to happen, developers need to interact with the community frequently and

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Is Shaker design the new trend in restaurants and cafes? We think so (see 8 Ideas to Borrow from The Commerce Inn in NYC for particularly compelling evidence). And it makes sense: The Shakers created systems of thoughtful order for living—and eating—communally, so why not apply their vision to these, our modern-day gathering spaces?

Canadian interiors firm Ste. Marie is deft at creating singular spaces to eat, drink, and celebrate (see St. Lawrence in Vancouver: A Sultry, Blue-Hued Bistro, Right Out of a Painting), and when they took on the project of making a space for Flourist—a small-batch, community-based flour mill founded by Janna Bishop, a clothing designer, and Shira McDermott, a food industry expert—they drew from “the 18th century Shaker communities’ guiding principles of simplicity, utility and honesty.”

Join us for a look—and see how many Shaker details you can spot.

Photography by Conrad Brown, courtesy of Ste.

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