Archinect - Forum 2014-10-23T14:05:55-04:00 Kengo Kuma entering examination patron 2014-10-23T10:00:56-04:00 >2014-10-23T10:00:56-04:00 <p>HI , I would like to hear more about working in Kengo Kuma company and the expectation of entering examination? Examples, like what are they looking for in the examination, if anyone who had worked in Kengo Kuma company , I would like to know what would I be expected&nbsp;to&nbsp;produce for the examination ,things to prepare as I&nbsp;wouldn't&nbsp;be taking it in Japan, etc&hellip;&nbsp;and anything that's helpful are welcomed. I did hear from a past Kengo Kuma intern , they&nbsp;judged more on the person representation skills and usually is quite straight forward on the examination brief, I wonder if I should gear toward this direction?&nbsp;I know the entering exam is a culture event for those selected in Kengo Kuma and the company&nbsp;pays a huge attention thus I really wish to know as much information as I can,to be better prepared. It would be a great help if I could get any information here.&nbsp;Thank you! Best regards.</p> 3ds Max vs Rhino babablacksheep270 2014-10-23T03:58:46-04:00 >2014-10-23T13:28:11-04:00 <p>Is it fair to generalize that 3ds Max is typically used for character modelling and animation modelling whereas Rhino is more appropriate for objects being built?</p> Plan checkers josta 2014-10-22T17:18:00-04:00 >2014-10-22T20:04:31-04:00 <p>Once in a while I get a plan checker that essentially tries to tell me how to draw my plans. &nbsp;For example, I show my shear wall (panel and nailing) callouts on the floor plan itself (and not on the roof framing plan as the plan checker wants). &nbsp; &nbsp;This is a personal preference that varies from architect to architect.</p><p>My understanding is that, absent a specific Code requirement, the plan checker is not supposed to require the licensed architect to draw the plans according to his own personal preference. &nbsp;And as long as the required information is on the plans, he has no authority to tell me where on the plans to put that required information.</p><p>I have often resolved this by explaining to the plan checker that it (his request) is not how I draw my plans, and whether he has a Code reference to back up his request.</p><p>I'm wondering how others have resolved this.</p><p>Thanks!&nbsp;</p> Taking the ARE before completing IDP Denise Weber 2014-10-22T17:13:00-04:00 >2014-10-23T10:56:56-04:00 <p>Has anyone started taking the ARE before completing IDP hours? I know some states allow you to start taking exams early, but here in CT you are required to complete IDP first. I would like to get a head start, does anyone have experience taking exams in another state and transferring results? Wasn't sure what the process was. Any advice will be appreciated.</p> What makes a building alive or dead? cshahar 2014-10-22T16:17:00-04:00 >2014-10-22T22:19:52-04:00 <p>In doing research for an article I am writing on the topic stated above, I read through "A Pattern Language" and "The Timeless Way of Building" by Christopher Alexander. I found the books interesting but rather philosophical and meandering. Can anyone recommend any other texts that deal with such a topic? I don't even mind a little New Age hypothesizing, or it can be quite conventional as well.</p><p>Thanks for your help!</p><p>-Charles</p> Attention to all architects studying and working in the US la_venier 2014-10-22T12:52:31-04:00 >2014-10-22T17:01:18-04:00 <p>Hey guys,</p><p>People studying and working in the US, I have two questions for you:</p><p>1. I am applying for '15 fall semester for M.arch in the US at the moment (am not american) and am seeing these college ratings by arch daily and design intelligence.</p><p>How reliable are these lists?&nbsp;</p><p>Is ivy's just a brand or is there really a difference in the quality of education and exposure?&nbsp;</p><p>2. I would be taking a loan to finance my grads. How good is a masters graduate salary there? (i know it depends from state to state but roughly- I see 40kpa - 60kpa on the internet.&nbsp;?) Will I be able to easily pay back the loan in 2-3 years of work there? (in Europe the pay is terrible - 500-1800 euros! )</p><p>Thanks a lot!</p><p>Cheers</p> M.Arch 3+ Applicant - What do I put in portfolio... drewdoom 2014-10-21T18:22:31-04:00 >2014-10-22T17:38:19-04:00 <p>Hey all. So I'm about to graduate with a B.S. in Economics from Arizona State and I really want to apply for the M.Arch 3+ program here. I have really been into architecture for a while, but after getting a few years into college, it was hard to justify the switch and so here I am, doing it in graduate school. Anyways, I am not exactly sure what I should put into my portfolio. Here is what I have that I think might work:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>1) I have a ton of photography I've done, film and digital</p><p>2) I have bridges I made with really small bits of Balsa wood (for Science Olympiad) that show my construction skills and understanding of structure</p><p>3) I have a few samples of pottery, although I made it when I was quite a bit younger and it isn't, by any means, impressive</p><p>4) lastly, I have quite a few hand drawings of various things, from houses to graffiti art</p><p>So are there other "essentials" I should try to create, or do you think there is enough there to come up with something? Obviously this program is for ...</p> Any microstation pro here? need help! inter520 2014-10-20T17:10:00-04:00 >2014-10-20T17:10:19-04:00 <p>Just installed microstation on my pc and strange thing happened when I open my work.</p><p>This is a homework which I finish it in school pc lab, it should look like the black and white picture. But when I open this file on my own pc (just installed microstation) it become twisted..when I zoomed in the grid is not horizontal and vertical. is it because of some settings ? help me pls</p> Designing while still and undergrad J_design 2014-10-20T09:51:41-04:00 >2014-10-23T04:52:32-04:00 <p>Hello I am wondering if it is possible to make designs etc. to sell to people as an undergraduate or is it illegal?</p> How do architects name their buildings? ariels 2014-10-20T08:32:27-04:00 >2014-10-23T13:54:29-04:00 <p>Sorry if this seems like a dumb question - but it's pretty self-explanatory. End of semester is looming and I'm thinking of giving my design (a residential home in a slum) a name. But I actually don't understand how - or exactly why, architects name buildings. Are there any rules with this? Thanks.</p> Architecture in The Future Anestis Pneuma 2014-10-19T23:13:00-04:00 >2014-10-22T20:46:14-04:00 <p>Hello,</p><p>I' am writing this forum for the main reason being :&nbsp;</p><p>I wonder how a city would be in the future and by future I mean a 150 Years from now when the population has significantly rose 3 to 4 times as that now living in the cities. The layout of the buildings, Shape, height, transportation, spaces, colours E.t.c</p><p>Another field I would be interested to hear for is " Vertical Farming " &nbsp;( Future )</p><p>Anyone's opinion would be highly &nbsp;appreciated.</p><p>Thank You,</p><p>Anestis P.</p> Architecture that aims to bring people together or solve cultural and/or ethnic conflicts Shikhar Kapur 2014-10-19T12:07:00-04:00 >2014-10-22T20:46:14-04:00 <p>I am interested in doing some precedent studies for my thesis and am interested in finding architecture or urban projects which aim to unite people, bring people together or resolve clashes and/or conflicts among various ethnic groups or cultures.&nbsp;</p><p>Any help would be appreciated. Thanks guys</p> Software workflow AnnYo 2014-10-19T12:05:00-04:00 >2014-10-22T20:46:14-04:00 <p>hi everyone,</p><p>i'm trying to find an ideal workflow in the process of creating representative architectural concept drawings/plans/everything.</p><p>so, it would be great if you could share your experiences about your workflow, the software you use and how the programmes work together.</p><p>i, for example, use handdrawn sketches and models in the beginning, i use them for explaining the concept. so basically i take the scans and photos and use autocad to trace them and sketchup to draw small things in 3d (mostly isometric) without rendering, but with shadows activated. after that i import the stuff in photoshop, where i put on some backgrounds (ideally photos of the actual place i took) and materials. it then looks a bit sketchy, and i like that look for a concept.</p><p>for the plans i use autocad, i like to trace the outlines with a constant polyline, so u can use them for a cnc-lasercutter and in the 3d, that's not too detailled. for showing the 3d instead of a rendering i photoshop photos of the finis...</p> frameless glass balustrades go do it 2014-10-19T00:35:09-04:00 >2014-10-22T20:46:14-04:00 <p>Do they actually prevent a person from going over the edge of a balcony or interior residential "bridge" application if someone was knocked or fell into one?&nbsp;</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DuPont video</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p> Poetic house discription go do it 2014-10-18T19:38:08-04:00 >2014-10-21T19:44:58-04:00 <p>I like the way this reads:</p><p>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;Rather than doing large gestures of acrobatic space composition,&nbsp;<br>I have instead created what I feel is a space that represents the unusual, by doing small and poetic movements that control light and the viewers eyes.</p><p>It is for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this house.</a></p> Inspire by Nationalfutur ellard07 2014-10-18T18:15:01-04:00 >2014-10-18T18:15:01-04:00 <p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>/</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p> Practice, Student faculty of Architecture Magdalenac 2014-10-18T13:32:00-04:00 >2014-10-18T13:32:40-04:00 <p>I am writing to enquire about student practice in office. My name is Magdalena, I live in Poland. I am trying to find architecture office in Vienna, wchich needs students to practice from July up to September . I am studing &nbsp;in bialystok university of technology on faculty of architecture. I am interested in architecture and art. I would be grateful if you give me some informations.</p> Who dares visiting most impressive Zaha Hadid’s museum in its cradle? Riccardo Bianchini 2014-10-18T04:11:13-04:00 >2014-10-21T23:23:08-04:00 <p>Ok, don't want to look spammy because here I post a link to my website, but the occasion is irresistible.&nbsp;</p><p>We are following the realization of a new museum by Zaha Hadid, not the largest for sure but perhaps the bravest. It's a museum for mountaineer legend Reinhold Messner sitting on an Alps' peak at 2,275 meters above the sea, probably you have already seen its renderings which are quite popular. Yesterday night we have received an email from the constructor announcing that the museum realization, scheduled for completion in November 2014, needs to be halted until Spring because of the incoming winter: the service road will be soon inaccessible and the already completed prefab elements cannot be delivered on site. But....if you dare reach the top of the mountain&nbsp;through a cable-car ride or on hike, you are allowed to see the "hibernated" structure.... I post here some (I suppose still unseen) of the best images I received depicting the building at its current stage of completion.<br>Th...</p> 3 Q's about your job Maureen Rahman 2014-10-17T18:07:28-04:00 >2014-10-23T13:47:53-04:00 <p>Just a curious poll. Things are a little murky out there still and you are lucky to be employed and to be employed well. &nbsp;I'm just wondering what' everyone's situation is.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>How long did it take you to find it?</p><p>In what city?</p><p>How much professional experience did you have at the time?</p> 2-Story Porch Detail? adt2 2014-10-17T14:37:00-04:00 >2014-10-22T20:46:14-04:00 <p>Hiya - longtime browser, first-time poster. My wife and I are in the final stages of designing our next home (we designed and built our previous home as well). The new place will have a covered balcony upstairs, directly above a screened porch downstairs. I've got the weatherproofing details (thanks, Fine Homebuilding), but I'm having a hard time locating or coming up with the exterior detail where the top of the screen porch meets the bottom of the balcony. Doesn't seem like it should just be a smooth plane - seems like there ought to be some kind of overhang, even if it's just a little one. Other trim details are probably in order, too.</p><p>Just wondering if anybody happens to have a detail of this area they'd be able to share (or a shove in the right direction if you know where to find some online).</p><p>Thanks in advance for your input!</p> M.Arch I application followup thread (GRE, Toefl, Portfolio etc.) Fountain 2014-10-17T14:28:00-04:00 >2014-10-23T03:41:53-04:00 <p>Dear people of this forum!</p><p>I've been silently look at posts for quite a while and have learned a lot with you guys! I'm trying to enroll fall 15, yes I know it's a bit hasty! (I'd be lying to say that I've not stressed&nbsp;out and questioned myself many times but I guess this is something to get used to right;) &nbsp;</p><p>So my first question here has to do with the GRE. Though some schools I'm looking at have clear cut off line, in most cases the requirement seem a myth. I took my first GRE last week and scored a V149Q163 (AW score didn't come out yet), obviously the V isn't enough for some (like Rice, alas&nbsp;how I'd love to go to Rice!) But I wonder if that alone blocks me out of these dreamy schools, because if that's what I'm facing then I probably have to take the test again and it's really challenging, for I still have to put together the portfolio and the rest of the documents. Would you suggest that I spend time studying to retake the GRE or just ignore it and go straight to portfolio?</p><p>And&nbsp;by...</p> M.Sc. scholarships in Europe Ahmed Ebrahim 2014-10-17T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-10-22T20:36:13-04:00 <p>If any body have any information about scholarships which covers tuition fees and cost life in period in architecture department in any country in Europe?</p> Almanach der Architektur : Raumanalysen ; 100 classic buildings ; spatial analyses viergale 2014-10-17T14:19:00-04:00 >2014-10-17T14:19:33-04:00 <p>I am preparing a presentation about Sigurd Lewerentz's Flower Kiosk in Malm&ouml; for university and can't find this book anywhere (buying it will take at least 5 days to ship and I don't have that time and of course the one we have in the library is borrowed until end of the month)</p><p>Does anybody have it at home?</p><p><strong>It would save me if somebody could sent me P. 182-186</strong></p><p>Please please please</p> estimating drafting time s=r*(theta) 2014-10-17T11:33:05-04:00 >2014-10-21T20:58:31-04:00 <p>is there a rule of thumb for estimating drafting time in practice? modeling time? so on &amp; so forth</p> IBC Egress Code Help 2014-10-16T16:48:00-04:00 >2014-10-17T09:47:34-04:00 <p>I have been looking through the 2009 IBC all day and cannot find how many enclosed fire stairs are needed for a building. I was told that if your building is 2 stories that you only need one closed stair and can have one open stair. Can someone please help me I need to know ASAP, thank you!</p> Shigeru Ban’s new Aspen Art Museum Riccardo Bianchini 2014-10-16T11:12:33-04:00 >2014-10-23T14:04:30-04:00 <p>Hello, together with the Aspen Art Museum I have prepared a coverage on their new home, opened this Summer in Aspen, CO.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a><br>The building, quite new but already widely known, is the first design completed in the US by Shigeru Ban, who recently won the 2014 Pritzker Prize.</p><p><br>I found this museum (actually bigger than it seems, it's 33,000 sq.f) a very interesting design, it looks quite simple but when you go further a first look, it is actually very profound IMHO. Sinc ethe article is quite long, I post here some images.&nbsp;<br><br>Best!<br>Riccardo</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><img alt="" src=""><img alt="" src=""></p> Bsc. Econ applying to UBC/UT/Berkeley MArch 21pieces 2014-10-16T09:56:00-04:00 >2014-10-20T14:32:23-04:00 <p>I have a BSc in Resource Economics from UBC. I'm applying to the MArch because I think I'd be better at addressing social issues through my creative talents and it'd be more rewarding than a career in economics.&nbsp;</p><p>I come from such a different background (not fine arts) and I haven't come across any people in my situation. I plan to explain in my letter of intent how my previous studies in land economics/ resource conservation policies tie into an architecture program that focuses on sustainability/ social impact.</p><p>But I am unsure what the expectations would be for my portfolio, as I do not have experience doing architectural drawings/ modelling (although I've researched a bit about it).</p><p>Out of my artistic hobbies, I'm planning to focus the most on my 'fashion design' work-- I make original clothes for myself.&nbsp;I also do amateur photography (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>/) and have several sketchbooks of paintings/drawings, plus a couple ceramics projects. I also plan to demonst...</p> ROTRING RAPIDOGRAPH SET of (4) drawing pens and spare replacement nib ArchSpring 2014-10-15T23:32:46-04:00 >2014-10-23T13:20:00-04:00 <p><strong>Vintage ROTRING RAPIDOGRAPH set of (4) drawing pens with full ink capillary cartridges to sell. Stainless steel nib sizes: 0.20, 0.30, 0.40, 0.50 mm and spare 0.20 mm replacement nib. </strong><strong>Original box, plastic case, instruction manual. Made in West Germany. New &ndash; never used, superb quality. Location: New York City</strong></p> Way-finding concepts: reflections, shade and shadow.... Hinder 2014-10-15T18:25:05-04:00 >2014-10-21T20:00:45-04:00 <p>What else can you think of ?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>All these major concepts can produce effective way-finding methods, but am I missing any ?</p> About the project of self-organisational architecture Wenchao Yang 2014-10-15T16:38:00-04:00 >2014-10-16T10:21:27-04:00 <p>I am currently doing the project of self-organisation architecture in relation to the human behaviour and social patterns using computational methods.</p><p>But I can not find any subject to observe and investigate with. Does anybody have any experience on this topic?</p>