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Miki Pierre (designer)
Chris Prentice (thesis advisor)
John R. Jones (thesis advisor)
David Benjamin Kanter (thesis advisor)
Scott Paterson (thesis advisor)




Architectural workspaces are shrinking. Workstations are getting smaller while the volume of documents generated during the design process increases. Digital drafting and printing makes it easier to produce and distribute technical drawings, but these technological conveniences are also contributing to paper waste at most design studios. To conserve paper, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) advocates recycling and digital document management in the workplace, but these best practices have not been widely adopted in the industry. Building plans still require printing and distribution to construction sites, and the cyclic process of revising or updating designs calls for documentation in the form of rolls of drawings. Emergent paperreplacement display technology presents an opportunity to help minimize reprographics costs in architectural design practice. Plyo is a 39”W x 28.5” H x 1/4” D interactive blueprint for architects and construction engineers. The device is a lightweight “computing pad” that lets users view, markup and transmit construction plans without printing. The project aims to reduce paper waste while increasing productivity during architectural project administration. This paper documents the research, design and implementation of the Plyo Interactive Blueprint interface for future inclusion in a portable electronic paper display customized for the architectural design industry.



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