LEGO has come a long way from humble beginnings, from a 1930’s carpenter’s workshop in Denmark to getting three theatrical films (The LEGO Movie, the LEGO Batman Movie, and the LEGO Ninjago Movie).
Will it stop here? NO!
Back in 2008, the company introduced ‘LEGO Architecture’ with an attempt to appeal to larger demographics, especially adults. So how can some of the most creative engineers and especially architects use these toys to be more creative and advance their careers? Let’s find out!
LEGO IS way more flexible than you think. At least in the context of what all you can build with them. Just two standard blocks can be put together in 19 different ways; add one more and you have 300+ options to choose from. And with four of these, you’ll have roughly 7000 different combinations. If this doesn’t give someone a reason to be creative and flexible, then what could? Architects could use this to materialize their visions without having to draw them and starting from paper. If you somehow mess up the design, just move around a few blocks until it becomes correct. The aforementioned points are crucial for a professional whose whole career depends on being as creative as possible, and as quickly as possible.
#2: Easily Solve Problems
LEGO not only fosters creativity but also exposes one to critical thinking, problem-solving, engineering, mechanics etc. Remember as a kid how many times you had to take apart your LEGO creations until you got what you envisioned? You were actually thinking critically and creatively solving a problem. And how much time did it take? Not so much! Architects could do the same if they use LEGO in their work, only on a different level of scale and complexity. The advantage is that you are actually mixing up fun and work, which makes it far more interesting and you can easily solve any problem that comes your way.
#3: Design the Past
LEGO’s ‘Architectural LEGO’ allows users to build historic structures such as the Eiffel Tower and the White House. Almost all of these are extremely complicated and its intricacies may be difficult to digest. Making these structures in LEGO will give the architects a much better understanding as this hands-on experience could prove to be more effective than any virtual model. They could even choose to apply what they have learned in their own creations, which their clients would definitely love. This could even result in a crossover between the Taj Mahal and the White House! Staying on top of the game by any means necessary is of utmost importance for creative minds such as architects and this is one way to do it.
#4: Learn as you Play
Studies show that you are more likely to remember something better when you have fun while you doing. For an architect, young or old, what could be more fun than playing around with LEGO making buildings? Having fun makes you think outside the box and in a completely different point of view, which architects can take back and apply to their work. Even better, having fun as a team means that you not only get new ideas but from others as well. Your LEGO building won’t collapse as catastrophically as a real one. All you have to do is start over in a better way. This creates the opportunity to learn from your mistakes before you move on to the real thing. What’s the harm in having a little fun if it will later help you at work?
#5: Give Awesome Presentations
For an architect, presenting and explaining a drawing to a client can be a bit of a hassle. This is where LEGO could come to the rescue. Wouldn’t it be better to just make a LEGO structure of the design (the exterior at least) that you have in mind? It could be more realistic than what a drawing could give you. To add a little more flavor, you can put in a few figurines to represent the client’s family. For an architect, this could decide whether or not they receive business. Besides, having a great design isn’t just going to cut it. It all comes down to Presentation, Presentation, and Presentation!
#6: Save Money
How much do you think even the most basic drafting software cost? They are not cheap, provided you’re not into using the horrible pirated versions. A pack of LEGO is much easier on your funds than software tools; and if you run out of bricks while you’re making something it is fairly easy to rush to the nearest store for more. Architects can use this to their advantage and save a fortune. Unlike tools whose costs are variable, investing in LEGO is like a good fixed cost with better return on investment (ROI), and minor depreciation costs. If the architects are really efficient, the cost savings can be passed on to customers which will contribute to Customer Lifetime Value.
#7: Easy Availability
LEGO is not hard to find. It is available at your nearest supermarket, toy store, and online shop, and are cheap in comparison to the software. This means that you can put to rest any worries of projects being placed on hold due to forgotten software subscription renewals. Using LEGO ensures timely delivery of projects and overall efficiency.
We can agree that LEGO will have a future role to play in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields, rather than just being just a cool toy for kids. If used to its full potential in the most creative ways LEGO could give much better results than the traditional models and presentations currently used by architects.
About the Author
Manjusha M Nair is a member of the Digital Marketing Team at Advenser Engineering Services. A company specialized in offering BIM Services to Architectural, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology (IT). Music, books and documentaries are some of the things that she spends her free time on.