Archinect - News 2014-04-20T12:13:24-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/71780583/editor-s-picks-312 Editor's Picks #312 Nam Henderson 2013-04-23T12:37:00-04:00 >2013-05-15T16:41:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/np/nps33fbv64q8xaq7.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The LA Times reported that Renzo Piano, Los Angeles architect Zoltan Pali and officials from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled preliminary designs for a $300-million film museum. Eric Chavkin concluded "A toy chest of architectures related only by location. From the Bruce Goff Japanese Pavilion to the black box Mies bookstore to Hugh Hardy's disco streamlined moderne to Luckmans sorry start. Renzo Piano's 'back-to-the-future cinema spheres just continues the trajectory"</p></em><br /><br /><p> In an essay titled <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/71339262/unexpected-costs-big-ticket-design-software-versus-alternate-methodologies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">UNEXPECTED COSTS ~ Big ticket design software versus alternate methodologies</a>, <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/7473497/ann-lui" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ann Lui</a> a designer and freelance writer reflected on the fact that "<em>Not twenty years ago, if you wanted to start your own firm, you could do so on a Mayline drafting board in your basement...Today, my partner and I sit on our couch as we write up a wishlist of basic softwares we might need for a fledgling practice...tally the price tags, and the bottom line drops like an anvil: just over $15,000</em>".</p> <p> <strong>mfischer3387</strong> echoed <strong>curtkram</strong>, "<em>its much tougher to start an architecture business than most other fields, because yes, the start up costs are enormous, as outlined in the article. I would argue that software package costs are not necessarily always for the benefit of design, but for liability purposes</em>". Other commentator's like <a href="http://archinect.com/jmiller" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jeremy Miller</a> offered advice "<em>You could get the Revit LT suite for&nbsp; about $1,800...Also, Archicad has a rental model...Be creative</em>" and <a href="http://archinect.com/stevesanderson" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Steve Sanderson</a> (founding par...</p>