# ETH Zürich (Samuel)

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# the metric system

Oct 5, '09 4:46 PM EST

Four years of architecture school in Imperial Units is not easily unlearned. The metric system is such a pain in my ass.

I don't care if it is superior, base ten, whatever- I can't quickly reference it in my head.

Rode my bike to Basel this weekend. 95km (In miles??? 60ish.) It was so great though- we did probably 90% of the trip on dedicated bike/walking paths completely separate from the vehicular road. The regional connectivity of the network is absolutely unbelievable.

Studio tomorrow and Wednesday. Another review next week. Working on structure, thoughts about materials, detailing site plan/ first real iteration of floor plan. And a nice section. And a rendering. Turns out I have more to do than I thought.

Saw a lecture from Mark Lee from Johnston Marklee & Associates today in my Urban Mutations class today. More about the class later.

Posted new photos yesterday (fourth album)

Pop quiz: an 18inch concrete wall is approximately how many centimeters wide?

• holz.box

46 cm, roughly. but i think it would normally be rounded up to 50cm or down to 40 cm.

a51abductee

Coincidentally, it's National Metric Week here in the United States.

http://lamar.colostate.edu/~hillger/metric-week.html

Oct 4-Oct 10, 2009.

FRaC

just another 10 years and we'll be on the metric system yay!!

Carl Douglas (agfa8x)

haha - now you know what it's like for the rest of the world when americans are going on about inches and pounds and rods-to-the-hogshead! you'll catch on quick; it's pretty logical.

samuelallen

Luckily the reference book I brought from the states gives everything in metric as well.

I really don't have a problem with the metric system- it just slows down the development process when you have to think about what size to make something (compared to imperial dimensions, which are second nature). I have been keeping my 24in rule handy and just looking across to the other side from inches.

kwdll

Metric 2 Imperial or Imperial 2 Metric... It's always f*cked up! but don't worry you'll get used to it... :)

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