Archinect - Forum 2014-11-24T15:34:41-05:00 Need help choosing stage lighting- Clueless! skyshinee1124 2014-11-23T23:40:00-05:00 >2014-11-24T12:32:30-05:00 <p>I want to buy a new stage LED light but the price in our country is too expensive. so what should i do as my budget is USD $500 . I'm buying from online shops. If you have a better option for around the same price range please let me know. thanks guys!</p><p>PS:Sorry for my poor English.</p><p><br>Hopefully YOU in this forum among us help me a bit.&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks in advance.&nbsp;</p> Thesis Cover Crit? 9093bsbk 2014-11-23T20:26:11-05:00 >2014-11-24T12:37:38-05:00 <p>Hi archinect,</p><p>I am in the final phase of writing my undergraduate thesis- layout.</p><p>To give some background, my topic is the visual impacts of concrete acoustical barriers and the ways in which they can be integrated into their landscape or not used at all- either through&nbsp;careful alignments, use of materials; creative use of&nbsp;colour&nbsp; texture, pattern, and planting of barriers, and the incorporation of trails, linear parks and/or urban forestry into the railway corridor.</p><p>This is my cover page as of now. I would love to know your thoughts and if there is anything to be added or improved on.</p><p>Thanks, and talk to you soon.</p> What can the U.K. learn from other systems? jsd25 2014-11-23T13:39:00-05:00 >2014-11-23T13:39:58-05:00 <p>Hi All,&nbsp;</p><p>Newbie here who occasionally checks out Archinect for discussions.</p><p>I go to university once a week after work to gear up for my Part 3. I am currently investigating the similarities and differences are between the system of architectural practice here in the UK with another country.</p><p>So far I have gathered that the Italian and Polish systems are very similar.</p><p>If experiences of the UK and other countries, can you help and share what you feel we can adopt for ourselves to improve the UK system??</p><p>For example...&nbsp;</p><p>- How does the architect define their role?</p><p>- What powers does the architect have?</p><p>- What are the modes of procurement/tender/contract?</p><p>- At what stage of a project is an architect appointed?</p><p>- Do architects present themselves in a specific way/attitude to clients and builders? How involved are they?</p><p>- What percentage of a project goes to architect's fees? Due to the amount of personnel involved our fees here are as little as 5% now.</p><p>- What payment structures are there?</p><p>- Is it norma...</p> The Broad museum in Los Angeles by Dille Scofidio + Renfo Riccardo Bianchini 2014-11-22T11:54:06-05:00 >2014-11-24T10:23:57-05:00 <p>Thanks to the Broad Foundation I grasped the images of the current status of the new &nbsp;art museum that is rising in LA close to the MOCA and the Walt Disney Hall It's a design by Diller Scofidio + Renfro that received mixed reactions. Personally I like it and i found the "exoskeleton" concept &nbsp;quite interesting, but I am curious to know your opinion!<br>&nbsp;</p><p>The coverage is on my mag, but I add some of the most interesting images here<br><br><img alt="" src=""></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p>Article (on Inexhibit) here<br><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> Contract for freelance Design atabs01 2014-11-22T10:23:00-05:00 >2014-11-24T10:25:12-05:00 <p>I am not sure if I am posting in the right forum and I apologize if &nbsp;am not. I am in need of a basic contract for a small residential project. I am not an Architect but I have been working as a designer for the past 6 years. I have a Bsc.Arch and I am three semesters away from my MArch. I just need something that could offer me some protection. I would appreciate any help. here is my email.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>. Thanks in advance!</p> What has been the most satisfying functional type of building to work on? thwoomp 2014-11-21T22:11:25-05:00 >2014-11-22T10:22:21-05:00 <p>By this I mean residential, commercial, public, etc. I am curious to all you practitioners about which type or class(?) of building that you most enjoy working on. Or, does it not really matter, and does it depend more on the quality of relationship with your client?&nbsp;</p><p>For example, I have always had the notion that public buildings would be great because I am a bit of a do-gooder. But, in practice I could see interesting developers being good clients occasionally - organized, enterprising, personable maybe?</p><p>Anyways, thoughts?</p> Post Graduation Advice luckycorgi 2014-11-21T17:36:00-05:00 >2014-11-24T11:09:13-05:00 <p>Hi,&nbsp;</p><p>I am about to graduate this spring with a BA in architecture. I only took one year of design studio so I do not have many professional skills. I have used Sketchup, Lumion, Grasshopper and InDesign but I am in no way proficient. I think it will be best for me to work in the field awhile before I fully commit to a graduate program but will it be impossible for me to get a job or internship for next year?&nbsp;</p><p>I know firms aren't lining up to hire unskilled recent grads so while I am on the hunt for a job, I will start learning&nbsp;AutoCAD, Revit, and other programs; that way if I am lucky enough to get an interview I will have a small foundation of knowledge to work off&nbsp;of. My biggest fear is that I won't be able to get a job in the field so I will have to settle for some lower level management job at the local mall - Please give me some advice on how to avoid this. Please?</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Traveling (Architectural Sketch Explorations) seethelines 2014-11-21T14:05:00-05:00 >2014-11-21T16:57:09-05:00 <p>I recently returned from a year living in Spain. &nbsp;Did a good amount of Europe travels. I'm an urban sketch artist, and i'd sell my scanned sketches as post cards during my travels. &nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;Now i'm interested in traveling to Asia or the Polynesian islands for a good 2-3 months. &nbsp;</p><p>What are your thoughts?</p><p>Thailand? Polynesia Islands?&nbsp;</p> SketchUp 2015 is SO slow! laarchitecturestudent 2014-11-20T18:45:40-05:00 >2014-11-22T04:01:47-05:00 <p>Can anybody shed any light on why Sketchup is constantly, I mean every minute "(Not Responding)" ?<br><br> It's gotten to the point where I can't even productively use it.<br><br> I'm working on a large file (266MB) but still I have a brand new gaming laptop that I bought specifically for working on 3D models.<br><br> The laptop I bought us an ASUS ROG G56JK-EB72 Gaming Laptop Intel Core i7 4710HQ (2.50GHz) 12GB Memory 1TB HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M 2GB GDDR3 15.6" Windows 8.1 64-Bit<br><br> I'm pretty sure it's capable of running fast let alone running without stopping so much it's made it unusable slow. <br><br> Has anybody else encountered this problem? And how can it be resolved?</p> Parking Lot Layout Manual / Book kojmizes 2014-11-20T15:55:00-05:00 >2014-11-21T10:38:05-05:00 <p>Our small firm is looking for a parking lot layout manual or book with guidelines for dimensions, radii, techniques, etc. For whatever reason there seems to be no consolidated source. Graphic standards is helpful but not extensive, and local zoning is too specific. We're looking for something comparable to the ADA guidelines, concise and all inclusive, a parking bible if you will. Does anyone know of anything like this?</p><p>Much appreciated!</p><p>&mdash;K</p> Principles of designing an open-plan Hinder 2014-11-20T15:47:19-05:00 >2014-11-23T10:58:06-05:00 <p>As the title implies. what are the main principles to consider when designing an open-plan public space. Any links or books would be helpful as well, thanks!</p> Can someone tell me what fonts are being used here? 9093bsbk 2014-11-20T15:01:07-05:00 >2014-11-20T21:10:57-05:00 <p>Hi Archinect,</p><p>Reading over MVVA's presentation for North Grant Park in Chicago. Brilliant work- another thing I noticed and am very curious about are the fonts used. Might anyone know?</p><p>Here is the link.</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p> What is an architect responsible for when he stamps construction documents? rjh0016 2014-11-20T11:10:00-05:00 >2014-11-24T11:39:14-05:00 <p>Okay, sorry. First off, I wasn't sure how to word that and secondly, I have no idea which category this&nbsp;belongs&nbsp;in so I figured I can't go wrong with general discussion. Architecture student here. I thought about this today but didn't ask any of my professors because I felt like I should know the answer. I know that stamped construction documents are considered legal documents and the architect takes liability for the building when he/she stamps the drawings. But my question is, where do the structural engineers come in? I know they also stamp drawings. So if a licensed structural engineer stamps a set of construction drawings, would the architect also stamp the drawings? Is it an either-or scenario where either the engineer or the architect stamps the drawings depending on the situation or are both stamps required always?&nbsp;</p><p>And as far as the structural integrity of the building, is the architect responsible for any of it or does that responsibility fall entirely on the engineer?</p><p>Thank...</p> Job after masters in urban design ar.aviralsharma 2014-11-20T10:45:00-05:00 >2014-11-20T15:16:17-05:00 <p>Hi, i am a practicing architect with a B.arch degree, from India. I am planning to pursue a course in urban design from u.s. I want to know if it is possible to work after the completion of the course as most u.d. degrees are not accredited?</p> Laptop for Grad School - Don't Want an Apple Adam Fischer 2014-11-20T07:22:53-05:00 >2014-11-21T18:41:29-05:00 <p>Looks like I'm in the market for a new laptop. My 17" MBP is geeking out as we speak and I'm not looking to go back to apple. I've built a desktop that's pretty solid so just need a notebook for ancillary stuff and lighter cad/rhino/revit/Adobe work. I'm looking to spend $400-700. Found this Lenovo on sale from $1100 down to $700:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a>/ &nbsp;Thoughts? Other recommendations? I know Black Friday's around the corner, should I wait or is this a deal I shouldn't pass up?&nbsp;</p><p>Y'all are great</p> PM Book Recommendation M Juliana 2014-11-19T15:06:13-05:00 >2014-11-21T14:32:49-05:00 <p>Hello, <br> I need a book and material that can help me with project management. I need to know about leading a project and there are so many books out there, it's hard to know which one is the best, fast to read, and concise. <br> Thank you.</p> Drones for existing condition/site photos? toasteroven 2014-11-19T12:22:27-05:00 >2014-11-24T14:22:55-05:00 <p>Has anyone started using these things for site/building documentation? &nbsp;any recommendations and/or experiences they'd like to share?</p><p>thanks in advance.</p> Help with zoning, how should I start and what are the different approaches ? Hinder 2014-11-19T11:37:43-05:00 >2014-11-23T18:58:38-05:00 <p>I would really appreciate any help. I need help regarding starting a main zoning, or conceptual zoning. As in the functions and spaces should follow a certain philosophy/ big umbrella.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>How should I start ? What are the different approaches ?</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The project I am dealing with at the moment is designing a student's center.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks, in advance.</p> Copenhagen_Architecture and extreme environments fede93 2014-11-17T15:31:00-05:00 >2014-11-23T16:27:54-05:00 <p>Hello friends!</p><p>I am an Italian undergraduate student attending the third year of architecture in Milan and I'm writing for some advice about my application for my MA abroad. My choices are Glasgow, Oxford Brookes University, TU Delft and Copenhagen: would you recommend any of those?</p><p>In particular I definitely fell in love with the Architecture and Extreme Environments program, thaught in the royal danish academy, but I couldn.t find any feedback on the web. Does anybody know anything about it?</p><p>My second question is about the portfolio. I've seen several portfolios on this forum involving mostly renders; my 3ds are not that good and I'm afraid my graphics might look mediocre. Actually In my school we are more technical, so I'm sure my projects are very good working(expecially for the structure and the hygrothermal performance) and also good looking, but I'm aware that graphics helps improving a project. Do you think I can include some lighting calculation and motivate in detail the choi...</p> Railway Parks? 9093bsbk 2014-11-17T14:29:22-05:00 >2014-11-24T09:58:12-05:00 <p>Hello,</p><p>I am looking for precedents of park spaces directly&nbsp;adjacent&nbsp;to operational railways (EG. The West Toronto Rail Path), or some&nbsp;kind&nbsp;of guidelines about park spaces in such proximity to railways.&nbsp;</p><p>Might anyone have some interesting leads here?</p><p>Thanks!</p> R-2 - Fire Rated Walls Code Question mychaelp 2014-11-17T13:41:59-05:00 >2014-11-17T18:35:32-05:00 <p>Hello,</p><p>A complicated (to me) code question. 2013 CBC:</p><p>We have an Existing R-2 apartment building 15' from a proposed B occupancy.</p><p>Plan checker caught that we have our renovated B occupancy building (was R2) too close to the R2 adjacent.</p><p>Goal is to justify <em>assumed property line</em> 5' from existing R-2, leaving 10'-6" to the B adjacent building thus allowing non-rated construction for B adjacent on same site, We don't want to upgrade the R2 at all.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Table 601</p><p>Bearing Walls for Type V-B = 0 hours</p><p>Non-bearing notes to see Table 602</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Table 602</p><p>From 0&rsquo; to 10&rsquo; notes 1 hour</p><p>Footnote &ldquo;<em>h</em>&rdquo; for R occupancy notes: Where Table 705.8 permits nonbearing exterior walls with unlimited openings, the req. fire-resistance rating for exterior walls is 0 hours.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Table 705.8</p><p>5&rsquo; to 10&rsquo; allows 10% of Unprotected, Nonsprinklered.</p><p>Section 705.8.1 Exception 2: Buildings whose exterior bearing walls (noted in Table 601 for 0 hours), exterior nonbearing walls and exterior structural frame are not required to be fire-resistive ra...</p> Interesting case studies of Academies and colleges/universities ? Hinder 2014-11-16T17:39:46-05:00 >2014-11-22T09:16:50-05:00 <p>As the title implies, would really appreciate it.</p> Soldering wire models MyDream 2014-11-16T15:27:38-05:00 >2014-11-18T22:33:12-05:00 <p>I am having the worst time soldering wire models. I stayed up all night trying to solder a piece of a model for hours only to fail. My solder iron looks toast I've gone thru like a ton of solder and I have till tomorrow to finish one more model. How can I get the solder off the iron and on the two pieces of music wire the solder just stays on the iron till I touch my cutting mat and just gets wiped away hour after hour after hour until I get lucky and get a good stay.</p> Art Atom - by Bjarke Ingels (on Douglas Coupland) Olaf Design Ninja_ 2014-11-16T14:52:00-05:00 >2014-11-23T08:01:00-05:00 <p><img alt="" src=";h=586"></p><p>from "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything</a>", editor Daina Augaitis</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>list of things I learned about<strong> Bjarke </strong>while reading his short essay on lego blocks and Coupland in <strong>"Art Atom"</strong></p><p>1 - Bjarke made his first phone call ever at 5 years old to his father at work to request he purchase the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">yellow Lego Castle 375</a> from a toy catalogue.&nbsp; Coupland's first and last Lego kit purchase as a child was Lego kit&nbsp; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">No. 345 Modern House</a>.</p><p>2 - Bjarke's two favorite writers are <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Douglas Coupland</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">William Gibson</a>.</p><p>3 - Bjarke rediscovered Legos relevant as an adult through Coupland's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Microserfs </a>- noting "-as a kit of many parts for world-making with infinite complexity arising from a limited range of constituent parts."</p><p>4 - "...Douglas Coupland the writer who taught me in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Generation X</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shampoo Planet</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Microserfs</a> to look out for the potential for meaning in the mediocre, to not make the mistake of disregarding everyday elements or contemporary clutter as noise void of content, but...</p> Best language to learn for architecture justinritchey17 2014-11-16T13:45:30-05:00 >2014-11-18T13:29:45-05:00 <p>I am a 1st year architecture student pursuing a BS in architecture. After I graduate I want to get my MArch and an MBA in international business because I want to be an international architect. To get this MBA it requires knowledge in a foreign language and I currently have none. I go to UT San Antonio, so of course Spanish came to mind, however a lot of people in Texas know Spanish and it is their first language so there is no way I could know it better than them. I want my language to stand out at a firm and get me a job at an international firm in Texas, either Dallas, Houston&nbsp;or Austin&nbsp;since San Antonio has no international firms. UTSA offers classes in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, and Russian. What is the best language to learn for a career as an architect and to get a job and stand out? Thanks for your help and time.</p> Architect's identity and individualism...Egos of architects cmvander 2014-11-16T00:44:42-05:00 >2014-11-18T21:23:36-05:00 <p>Hello Archinect!</p><p>Does anyone know of a book or article that discusses the egos of architects? And how their egos affect their designs and values?&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Thank you!!!</p> Full Image set of the $ 2 billion design by BIG for the Smithsonian in Washington DC Riccardo Bianchini 2014-11-15T14:43:04-05:00 >2014-11-19T19:56:11-05:00 <p>Cheers,</p><p>I have just received from BIG architects and the Smithsonian the full image pack of the new (really huge) re-development of the Smithsonian headquarters in Washington, DC. The project, which realization is expected to last from 10 to 20 years, beginning in 2016, completely redesigns the Smithsonian quarter on the Mall, with new connections between museums, the refurbishment of the Castle and a new underground building for public services. I prepared a coverage with some basic info and some of the photos BIG and the Smithsonian sent to me today.Here it it, if you want:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p><p><img alt="" src=""></p> M.Des at Havard fekim4 2014-11-15T13:06:00-05:00 >2014-11-18T21:24:05-05:00 <p>Hello Everyone,&nbsp;<br><br>Looking at the MDes courses at havard, I was intrigued by the Masters in Real Estate Design and Development.&nbsp;(Columbia also has a similar course : Masters in real estate development)</p><p>Does anyone have idea about the job prospects and the kind of work one would likely end up doing after such a course ? ..&nbsp;</p> Post war tower blocks dissertation survey CharlotteMiddleton 2014-11-14T15:36:00-05:00 >2014-11-23T10:23:13-05:00 <p>I am studying Architecture and currently undertaking research for my undergraduate dissertation about the stigma of post war tower architecture. If anyone has any opinions on either the Trelick or Balfron tower, I would be extremely grateful if you could complete this short survey about people's opinions on them.&nbsp;</p><p>Anyone that does so will be entered into a draw to win a &pound;20 Amazon voucher.&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks :)</p><p><a href=";refer=charliemiddleton%2Ewix%2Ecom" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">;refer=charliemiddleton%2Ewix%2Ecom</a></p> What are the protocols or methods for testing archituctural designs?? Michael Spark 2014-11-14T09:40:00-05:00 >2014-11-14T18:39:11-05:00 <p>hi,</p><p>i want to know if there is a procedure for testing the designs clarity ,</p><p>for example, in airports and after finishing the civil work, a test is arranged by asking a test group to go to different gates,and see if any passengers get lost or can't find their gate.</p><p>this tests how well the gate numbers and other direction signs are arranged and how visible they are to people.</p><p>i'm a software engineer, and i'm developing a system to test this in early stages (before the civil work starts ), so i want to know if there are standard procedures or protocols for this, any information, links, documentation would be very helpful.</p>