Archinect - Forum 2014-10-31T12:00:41-04:00 Virtual Reality Tool For 3D Models russellparker42 2014-10-30T15:12:00-04:00 >2014-10-30T18:45:03-04:00 <p>Hi everyone!</p><p>I'm building a tool for architects to view their 3D models on virtual reality devices like the Oculus Rift or Google cardboard (with a smartphone) and then enable people to walk around and explore those models in virtual reality. Here is a demo: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>I wanted to show it to all of you and hopefully get some feedback on how easy / difficult it is to use from an architect / designer perspective.&nbsp;</p><p>It also be awesome if some of you uploaded your own models. The site is only accepting obj files right now. You can export these from Sketchup or most other popular 3D software suites. Sign up at my website <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;or email me and I can send you an access code.&nbsp;</p><p>I would really love feedback from you all. If you want to see the model with materials pleasssse email me at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a> and I can make you a custom link to your model with materials.&nbsp;</p><p>Also, if you don't own an oculus or google cardboard and live somewhere near the NYC area I can bring my Oculus ...</p> Readings or books regarding heterogeneous vs homogeneous space Thecyclist 2014-10-29T23:05:02-04:00 >2014-10-30T21:32:35-04:00 <p>I know these are terms mostly concerned with Eisenman's thought. Are there any books or writings related to these concepts of space? I've recently heard him mention these terms in a seminar, but the depth of explanation just wasn't there. I want to learn more about them.</p><p>I appreciate any help!</p> Advice on getting back to work!! Need sponsoring Daniela Elizondo 2014-10-29T16:39:00-04:00 >2014-10-31T10:18:34-04:00 <p>Anybody here has had luck getting work in the US on an H4 visa?</p><p>I need to apply for a different visa but to do so, first I need a letter of employment which is seems almost impossible. Technically an H4 visa states I'm a dependent on my husband's work but I'm going out of my mind.</p><p>I've been living in Chicago for the past 2 years. Going for the third. I'm 30 years old.</p> Syracuse or Sci-Arc Narciso Martinez 2014-10-29T14:24:18-04:00 >2014-10-30T11:54:53-04:00 <p>which program do you think is best ? reasons why ?</p><p>both very great programs, i just dont know where i would like to be, tutuion money doesnt really matter! &nbsp;any suggestions ?</p> Interview with Allied Work's Brad Cloepfil on starting up the practice. James Petty 2014-10-29T12:30:09-04:00 >2014-10-29T15:26:30-04:00 <p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>"Since I am a kid form lower-middle class background, I couldn&rsquo;t do architecture as a hobby. I went back. I worked really hard to start the University of Oregon-Portland program because it didn&rsquo;t exist. There was at the time no teaching opportunity in Portland. So I had to convince the University of Oregon to do this full time Portland program. So Cava and I did that so I could have a teaching job so I could leave Hack and start my own office. I had to sort of be entrepreneurial with the teaching. We literally had an advertising campaign at the University. We put up posters to find thirty students because that would fund itself. That funded Studio Architecture and later Allied Works."</em> - <strong>Brad Cloepfil, Allied Works</strong></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Read the full interview.</a></p><p>In the Fall of 2013, I sat down with Gregg Pasquarelli (SHoP), Brad Cloepfil (Allied Works), Paul Lewis (Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis Architects), Dan Wood (Work.AC), and Stephen Cassell (Architecture Research Office). I wanted to understand and document ho...</p> "Case Study" type house - and I'm not an architect... S Dillinger 2014-10-28T22:28:00-04:00 >2014-10-30T18:40:29-04:00 <p>Good evening,</p><p>I'm not an architect, so forgive the intrusion - but I would like input on the question of keeping a house original. &nbsp;I have a mid-century modern house that was built by an architect who moved to my area from Los Angeles in the mid 1960s and built this house for his family. &nbsp;I am the second owner.</p><p>The house has the typical flat roof, steel structure (hidden by wood clad columns), and TONS of glass (mostly in the back and side of the house).</p><p>I changed out the all white carpet, etc.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>I turned the carport into a garage by adding a glass garage door because it seemed most in keeping with the style.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Here's my question - is painting the brick sacrilege? &nbsp;I love brick, but this is very orange. &nbsp;Very orange. &nbsp;I don't want to be one of those owners who "ruins" a beautiful design and I thought some of you might have enough interest in the subject to offer an opinion.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Thanks for your time,</p><p>Steve</p> Best Architects in architectural representation piero1910 2014-10-28T20:24:30-04:00 >2014-10-30T04:09:10-04:00 <p>What I mean with this title, is that I need to find architects who really make extraordinary drawings and models of their projects. An example could be the book by Harvard GSD Platform. But I would like to know what other architects are good at that. Thanks.</p> Design/build database Perseus66 2014-10-28T19:05:00-04:00 >2014-10-30T11:37:24-04:00 <p>Hello,</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp; Looking to build a custom design/build/fabricate database for future reference.&nbsp; So far I have Kem in K.C., Hufft, in K.C. and Eldorado in K.C.&nbsp; Also SPACE architecture in St. Louis (where I worked) and Rural Studio.&nbsp;</p><p>This is national/worldwide, but ideally looking in Chicago as I am relocating there.&nbsp; Thanks for your input!&nbsp;</p> Zoning Carrera 2014-10-28T15:58:03-04:00 >2014-10-29T10:56:37-04:00 <p>Took my Glamping idea and added a tiny house component to civilize things. I paraded my tiny design around 4 counties (Michigan Rural) and couldn&rsquo;t find anywhere to put it. All jurisdictions have minimum square footage requirements that average 800 square feet for a 1 bedroom house. I can do something great for 2 people for 544 square feet. The other 3 bedrooms would be glamps, permanent tinsel fabric structures, which would be just as nice as the house. Can&rsquo;t do that either, considered &ldquo;tents&rdquo; that can only stay up for 2 weeks at a time. I know it&rsquo;s a round peg trying to fit into a square hole, but somebody needs to whittle the hole to make it round.</p><p>Housing needs to trend smaller - The average size of the American household has diminished by about one person over the past 65 years or so, according to new data from the US Census Bureau. The average population per household now stands at&nbsp;<strong>2.55</strong>, down from 3.67 in 1948. If the trend is changing then so should zoning. Some are fighting t...</p> Please stop with the friggin post nominal letters. Thanks! jla-x 2014-10-28T15:23:37-04:00 >2014-10-29T17:56:02-04:00 <p>Bob smith, assoc aia, Leed, apl, asl, fml,&nbsp;</p><p>thats all...carry on</p> Building in Singapore vs. China LITS4FormZ 2014-10-28T12:14:08-04:00 >2014-10-28T12:16:07-04:00 <p>After several projects in China, we just landed our first major project in Singapore. We're partnering with a local firm of record but I was wondering if anyone had experience in the Singapore market? I know several Chinese contractors who have been defecting their as the Chinese economy has cooled down. However, the Singaporean government doesn't allow anywhere near the level of corruption as we've experienced working in China(aka we haven't budgeted any hong baos).&nbsp;</p><p>Should we anticipate more of the construction challenges associated with working in China or is the market vastly different?</p><p>Thanks in advance! &nbsp;</p> Pro Practice cover letter question rob_c 2014-10-27T18:30:22-04:00 >2014-10-30T19:33:38-04:00 <p>Hi,<br><br> I'm looking for a new job while currently employed. Should I tell potential employers this fact in my cover letter? If so what would be a good way to explain that so they aren't scared about why I'm looking to leave my current office? Also, how do owners respond when receiving resumes from potential employees such as myself? Meaning do they prefer hiring currently unemployed people?</p> Is all architecture political, or nah? yankeedoodledandee75 2014-10-27T17:12:39-04:00 >2014-10-28T21:33:07-04:00 <p>Can architecture exist in a world removed from any political turmoil?</p><p>I am of the opinion that architecture cannot solve social problems, but often I see that people force such matters into the field of architecture.</p><p>Any thoughts?</p> Helsinki Guggenheim Entry collection johnszot 2014-10-27T15:46:01-04:00 >2014-10-28T14:06:07-04:00 <p>For those that want to browse the entries but find that grid of images almost unusable, we ran a scrape of the site today and put all the images and PDFs into the following RAR:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>There till Nov 3 - get it while it's hot...</p> Taking a college course for Revit or AutoCAD? h_arch 2014-10-27T14:48:00-04:00 >2014-10-31T10:41:05-04:00 <p>Hi all,</p><p>New to this forum but have read here for a long while. I'm currently in school for interior architecture, and in a few weeks I have to make the decision whether to take a AutoCAD I and II or Revit I and II, and I'm stumped as to which path to go. I do know some CAD just from playing on my own over the years, but I'm not that proficient.</p><p>I've researched this topic, and have come up with mixed answers it seems. Some say definitely go the CAD route since everyone needs to know it as a base in the industry, while others seem to think Revit will be the thing of the future, and CAD will no longer be needed.&nbsp;</p><p>So, if you were in my position, which would you choose? Is there any advantage to one over the other in terms of me being employed within the industry in the next 2 years?&nbsp;</p> Topographic/Contour Map of NYC's East River? arifj 2014-10-26T21:17:35-04:00 >2014-10-27T10:47:47-04:00 <p>Trying to make a site model (in Rhino first, physical after) of a project site at the ferry pier in Greenpoint along the East River. Anyone have a good contour map that includes the change of elevation at the waters edge handy?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks!!</p> Being an Architect in Denmark shanmer88 2014-10-26T17:43:00-04:00 >2014-10-26T17:43:36-04:00 <p>Hi I am from the UK and I am looking at being an Architect in Denmark. I am aware that the practice in unregulated in Denmark and that if Architects wish to have a chartered status they can join the&nbsp;The Danish Architects&rsquo; Association which has its own requirements but allows you to hold the protected 'MAA' title. However I have a few concerns that I cannot find the answers to on the internet and wondered if the forum can help:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>1) does the DAA have a code of conduct?</p><p>2) is there any specific construction/law acts that deal with fee's, performance, liability etc.?</p><p>3) is it common practice for Architects in Denmark to remian a non member of the DAA?</p><p>4) also, if you an architect in Denmark what is your view on the practice being unregulated with regards to the following;</p><p>&nbsp;- client/public safeguard</p><p>&nbsp;- upholding the reputation</p><p>- exposing non competent Architects</p><p>Hope you can help with the above.</p><p>Sean.</p> Sverre Fehn Nordic Paviion Artorias 2014-10-26T12:20:00-04:00 >2014-10-28T19:54:47-04:00 <p>Hi I've been looking for more information on this pavilion in the Gardini of the Venice Biennale,.</p><p>I've mainly been looking for sections of this pavilion. Something that shows the construction of this building. For instance how are the beams fitted, how are they constucted? Most importantly why do the beams not snap? Especially when the beam is cut short and there's a tree in the middle of it, should the beams not snap? Why doesn't it? I don't understand the construction of this space. Is it possible for someone to help me here?<br><br>Thank you</p> digital based architecture schools hys1989 2014-10-25T21:00:05-04:00 >2014-10-25T21:00:05-04:00 <p>Hey!</p><p>I'm currently working on the schools list I want to apply to. As I'm reviewing through different schools, I noticed there are some which are digital based and others which teach you traditional architectural and which depends highly on hand sketching. Actually I'm very interested in studying the digital based one.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Are there any good schools that would teach architecture with the use of different programs such as auto-cad, 3ds max, photoshop ..etc instead of highly deepening on traditional tools??</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> kid designs Olaf Design Ninja_ 2014-10-25T15:21:00-04:00 >2014-10-31T08:06:53-04:00 <p>Occasionally i avoid paid work by working with my oldest daughter (6 years old) on her designs and imagination.</p><p>Today she designed a dog game with a Dog Hotel, cars, etc... I managed to keep pace with her sketches in 3D. Here are the results - Enjoy!</p><p><strong>Looking forward to other Archinectors posting their kid collaborations, or kids work.</strong>..</p><p><img alt="" src="">section through car</p><p><br><img alt="" src=""></p><p>the world</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>the dog hotel (note the elevator button based on her sketches)</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>cars in parking lot</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><em>A few notes: </em>Madison said the doors on the car needed to be lighter pink than the car so you can find the doors.&nbsp; The seats in the car are brown for the boys, since boys may not like pink cars.&nbsp; Dad was allowed input on the hotel windows, but that was it.</p> Interview with SHoP's Pasquarelli on starting up the practice. James Petty 2014-10-25T12:11:41-04:00 >2014-10-26T10:26:45-04:00 <p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>The office paid everyone and the partners always got paid last, if we ever got paid. Usually there was something left and we would say, &ldquo;we could each take $5k or we could buy a 3D printer.&rdquo; We would always go with the 3D Printer. You have to remember, in 2001 SOM didn&rsquo;t have a 3D printer, but SHoP did. We were only twelve people.&nbsp;</em>- <strong>Gregg Pasquarelli (SHoP)</strong></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Read the full interview.</a></p><p>In the Fall of 2013, I sat down with Gregg Pasquarelli (SHoP), Brad Cloepfil (Allied Works), Paul Lewis (Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis Architects), Dan Wood (Work.AC), and Stephen Cassell (Architecture Research Office). I wanted to understand and document how each of them formed their respective offices. I was after the nitty gritty details not typically published in the glossy magazines. I was looking for the hard times, the struggle, and the projects that were never published, but paid the bills. This interview is part of a series of 5 posts that will go through each of these architects and discuss the these top...</p> scholarship and fellowship Nima Fatemi 2014-10-25T10:41:00-04:00 >2014-10-25T10:41:26-04:00 <p>Hi guys<br>i'm Iranian B.architect. i live in tehran , iran .i really like to go to SCI-Arc for their master programs but in my country economic situation has been down and dollar is very expensive. i'm looking a way to make Program tuition (roughly 40k a year) more affordable by getting scholarship or fellowship......and by the way i have no idea how can i be comprised in financial aid in USA despite of i'm none-resident :D&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;</p> Help - Technological Setup for Architecture School Cajolocs 2014-10-25T10:20:00-04:00 >2014-10-26T06:55:08-04:00 <p>Good morning/afternoon/evening/night<br><br>I come to you for help in determining my technological set-up for the architectural future that awaits me. I am currently residing and studying architecture in a Portugal. I got in this year and a year from now I will have to start working with software such as AutoCAD, Rhino and Sketchup, more programs will be used throughout the year and in a progressively more intensive fashion. I've been going around college talking with my older peers, and also researching online in order to determine what is the best set-up. I've seen people using their old Toshibas as I've also seen people geared up with all the best i's (iPod, iPhone, iPad, iMac, Macbook Pro, etc). Most people use a laptop as it is mandatory to do some work class-wise and in the studio at school (although some to that work with someone else on their laptop and then return home to work properly on their desktops), and most laptops are top-grade Macbook Pros. The Apple product line is the mo...</p> Intern or Entry Level in Korea? Raymond Byun 2014-10-25T10:19:00-04:00 >2014-10-27T16:42:17-04:00 <p>I graduated with my M.Arch this past May and I was considering the possibility of going over to Seoul, Korea as an intern / entry level designer? Are there firms that would hire an English speaking Korean-American in Seoul? I can speak Korean but not fluently..</p> Copyrighting design work? Larchinect 2014-10-24T22:37:33-04:00 >2014-10-28T20:13:59-04:00 <p>We are a small landscape architecture firm, just over two years old now. We often take on a sub consulting role doing design and documentation work for other firms, including other landscape architects. We have only signed contracts a few times in the pas couple years.</p><p>One engineering firm in particular likes to present us lengthy contracts with all kinds of language about copyrights, payment, insurance..lots of standard stuff as far as I can tell.</p><p>long story short, we needed work and they presented us with a contract to provide landscape architecture and design services for a large capital improvements project for a local town. From what I can tell, they have an on call contract for engineering with the town though they do employ la's.&nbsp;</p><p>in reading the contract there was some language about sharing our work. We asked about it before signing, there was a verbal agreement of sorts that we could 'probably' share our design work (in our portfolio, website, etc) after an agreed date.</p><p>also in...</p> country - school - choice Kristine Balta 2014-10-23T18:55:00-04:00 >2014-10-23T18:55:12-04:00 <p>Hello! I have already been following this site for a while and wanted to ask you guys an advice. :)</p><p>I have a big decision to make after&nbsp;finishing&nbsp;my academic bachelor (7semesters) in Latvia(baltic&nbsp;country). Sadly i see no future here altough i could continue and gain the degree here in 5.5. years - and that's not even master. It would be bachelor and i would have to practise 2 more years to gain the license here.(so 7.5 yrs)</p><p>So about leaving i have already decided, but the country or maybe a continent is still a big question. Last year i spent in exchange program in Spain. My view somehow expanded.</p><p>My spanish knowledge now is good enough in daily basis, languages wouldnt be a problem for me to learn, but why not using what i already have.&nbsp;</p><p>Sp spain could be an option. but if we look inside, people leave it, and economical situation neither is good(if i m not mistaken)</p><p>I would like to continue studying, next year, or maybe get some internship.</p><p>So yeah maybe you could suggest me THE country...</p> Study Architecture abroad Nefh98 2014-10-23T18:55:00-04:00 >2014-10-27T16:40:14-04:00 <p>Hello,</p><p>I'm a high school student from Greece..I'm in second grade of&nbsp;high school&nbsp;so i finish with my school next year.I love architecture and design so i want to go to a university that i'll be able to study what i&nbsp;love and then finish my studies and be able to work as an architect.My problem is that i don't really "trust" Greece's universities so i want to study somewhere abroad..I've asked many people about this and the answers are 50%-50%..The 50% is telling me to go to AAschool of architecture in London...and the other 50% is telling me to go to the university of Edinburgh in Scotland. Besides my parents and some other friends are telling me to finish university here and after that to go for a master degree abroad..</p><p>I'm really confused because i want to find the best university for architecture and i have completely no idea about what to do..So it would be really helpful if someone could tell me his/her opinion about it..I've searched about this in many sites and forums but i can'...</p> Architectural scale models + Wood CNC milling companies in Los Angeles cacti 2014-10-23T18:54:00-04:00 >2014-10-23T18:54:36-04:00 <p>I am struggling to find companies in Los Angeles that offer both architectural scale model making and have CNC milling capabilities.&nbsp; I can use 2 separate companies but was wondering if anyone knows a company in Los Angeles that offers both services.</p><p>Project description:</p><p>24" x 36" topographic site to be CNC milled out of wood. Site model will also include scale model trees and wood block context buildings.</p> aa school of architecture OR University of Edinburgh??? Nefh98 2014-10-23T18:47:00-04:00 >2014-10-27T05:38:23-04:00 <p>Which one is the best for architecture ?</p> Octane Render for SKU toosaturated 2014-10-23T18:46:00-04:00 >2014-10-23T18:46:28-04:00 <p>Do you guys use it and is it worth it? I am debating between VRay, Thea, and Octane for Sketchup. The demo kind of sucks, can't really gauge it to VRay. Thoughts?</p>