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Apr 12, 21 9:10 am  · 
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Non Sequitur

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Apr 12, 21 9:32 am  · 
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Happy belated birthday Donna. I sent you Brad Pit. The box should arrive on Wednesday. I poked holes in the box so Brad can breath . . .

Apr 12, 21 10:11 am  · 
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Good thinking Chad, despite the slowness of all supply chain delivery right now I'm sure he'll be fine!

Apr 12, 21 10:51 am  · 
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Almosthip

Happy Birthday...I'm thinking he will be thankful when you open the box

Apr 12, 21 10:55 am  · 
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tduds

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Apr 12, 21 12:11 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

Happy Birthday!!

SNIPED BY TDUDS! :)


Apr 12, 21 12:12 pm  · 
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tduds

jinx!

Apr 12, 21 12:19 pm  · 
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citizen

Happy birthday, Donna!

Apr 12, 21 1:25 pm  · 
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JLC-1

Happy Birthday Donna!

Apr 12, 21 3:49 pm  · 
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Happy belated Donna

Apr 13, 21 11:59 am  · 
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axonapoplectic

there seems to be a generational divide in the “automotive central” vs “cycling central” crowd.

Apr 12, 21 9:31 pm  · 
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Wood Guy

How so? I don't have a good idea of most peoples' ages here but a lot of the same people have posted in both threads.

Apr 13, 21 10:10 am  · 
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Threads like the Phase 3 one remind me of why I got interested in architecture in the first place, and also how little of it deals with the architecture I do every day. I don't think it's a bad thing. I was in my third year studio when that light clicked on in my head and I realized all I had been doing up to that point was trying to dress up space layout planning. I realized there was so much more to architecture than that, changed my approach on my project and ended up getting selected for an award by the faculty for it. 

I'm not sure I would have made it through school without that experience. I never felt like I did well in the design studios and they are such a huge part of the curriculum. Getting some affirmation that I could do the design stuff, and not just understand the technical and construction side was enough to get me through. If not for that, I'd probably have become an engineer. 

Apr 13, 21 11:58 am  · 
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proto

We said goodbye to our 12yo dog yesterday. He had been fighting cancer for the last year. We cried and held him as he passed. We've been digging thru the photos and laughing at the good times we had.

Apr 13, 21 12:07 pm  · 
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archanonymous

Sorry for your loss proto! We said goodbye to my dog last November. Similar. At-home euthanasia to end a terminal illness (mostly old age). The best you can do is to remember all the good times with him - he would want to know his people were happy!

Apr 13, 21 12:17 pm  · 
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Wood Guy

Saying goodbye to beloved pets is one of the hardest things we do, or at least one of the hardest things I've done. I'm glad you have good memories.

Apr 13, 21 12:18 pm  · 
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citizen

Condolences, Proto. Memory therapy is the best for this kind of sorrow, I agree....

Apr 13, 21 12:45 pm  · 
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I'm sorry for your loss, proto. It's so sad to lose a beloved pet. Twelve years is a good long run, I'm glad you got to share your lives!

Apr 14, 21 12:33 pm  · 
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atelier nobody

I'm so sorry for your loss. May his memory be a blessing.

Apr 14, 21 2:43 pm  · 
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tduds

Today I created an entire set of pricing plans in Bluebeam & I'm weirdly proud of that.

Apr 13, 21 7:11 pm  · 
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gibbost

Ha. I've said it for years . . . that I could put together a decent set of documents using nothing but Bluebeam. Finally did it for a bid set about a month ago. It was simply easier to cut/paste elements as needed from an old set and draw over the top as necessary. It's a really powerful platform for drawing mark-ups.

Apr 13, 21 7:34 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

hell, i've witnessed rather expertly put together, details for shop drawing responses, using all of the linework, noting, and hatching tools from bluebeam. seems tedious, but hell, whatever gets the thing communicated.

Apr 13, 21 7:55 pm  · 
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bowling_ball

I've got a good one. Instead of drawing everything, a co-worker made a scale model, took photos, and then simply annotated them. It helped that it was a 3-season, open kitchen type project

Apr 13, 21 8:01 pm  · 
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tduds

b3ta - I've definitely bluebeam-drafted a few details for RFI responses in the past. Sometimes it's quicker than opening a gigabyte sized model from Revit server. Honestly don't know how I did this job before I learned bb.

Apr 13, 21 8:05 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

I still like sketching mine. I've got a decent hand when need be.

Apr 13, 21 8:43 pm  · 
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joseffischer

B3tadine - agreed, the day our scanner stops working I won't know what to do...

Apr 16, 21 9:25 am  · 
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Another post deleted and thread locked (for me).

Brooklyn-based Almost Studio provides a new interpretation of mobility
with their winning competition proposal 'That's a Wrap'

My comment: The Ragdale Foundations wishes to thank the jury, Mrs. McMahon's second grade class at Lake Forest Elementary School.

Apparently criticism is not OK here on Archinect, where idiotic bullshit is often glorified and celebrated. This is not ironic at all for a platform dedicated to a profession that is supposedly based on critical thought.

Really, if you have that much trouble / dislike / whatever then just delete my account already. Then you'll only have to censor me once - just think of think of all the time you'll save scanning my comments!

On the odd chance that somebody actually grows a pair and nukes my account I'll take this opportunity to say adios to friends (and others) here.

Apr 14, 21 2:52 pm  · 
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archanonymous

The Ragdale ring competition winner is always somehow more shit than the year previous.

Apr 14, 21 5:39 pm  · 
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Wood Guy

Considering how odd the project and presentation is, it seems like a perfectly suitable comment. I'm not sure I like this post-digital, digital world...


Apr 14, 21 5:53 pm  · 
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archanonymous

I think the common thread here is you can say whatever you want in the forums, but on news articles, you can't be (too) critical.

Apr 14, 21 6:18 pm  · 
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I think it would be great if the moderators would just be more clear with what they'll allow vs. what will get you blocked from commenting.

Paul made the following comment over two years ago. I don't know that I've seen these efforts yet. How's the plan going?

"Thanks for listening, Marc. You bring up a good point. The plan is to introduce much more transparency in the forum soon, including the moderation process and our policy/guidelines."

Apr 14, 21 6:30 pm  · 
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archi_dude

I believe the common theme is getting a really good zinger in. In my case it challenged a certain profanity laden moderator's fragile views and it couldn't be yelled/cussed at effectively.

Apr 14, 21 7:21 pm  · 
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randomised

A lot can change in a year, or not. Not sure why you chose to leave this forum a year ago, but what changed (here) that made you decide to revisit? If you get so worked up about things going on on here, is it worth the ulcer? I get my comments deleted all the time, I stopped getting angry about it (only very recently though). Nobody wants to become the next David Curtis.

Apr 14, 21 7:22 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

DC was a peach tho. Ah, memories.

Apr 14, 21 7:24 pm  · 
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Ulcers? LOL. Just zero tolerance for bullshit. It's one thing in the crowd, another thing entierly when it comes from the administration. Which is pretty much a reflection of everything else going on. Which is really too bad.

Apr 14, 21 8:40 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

Is that "criticism" though? I disagreed with tossing out your other comment, but this one? Seems beneath you, as it's not really criticism.

Apr 14, 21 10:39 pm  · 
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citizen

I think archanonymous has it right. Forum threads seem to be fair game, but "News" items may be seen as (gag me) "curated" or at least proprietary. In that event, the item's purveyor may have a license to squash, eject, or make disappear. And it appears that some purveyors don't exercise that option.

Apr 15, 21 2:43 am  · 
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archanonymous

Miles - not to defend the censorships, but I'm sure if you would have phrased that criticism more constructively/ effectively it would have been able to stand? 

Per citizen's comment - I haven't done an article for Archinect in a few years, but when I last was, there was no contributor input on the comments associated with our articles.

Apr 15, 21 10:39 am  · 
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I don't know about the contributor input on moderating comments. I've submitted news articles before (quite a while ago and under a different name) and I don't recall there being any method to exercise control over the comments from the contributor standpoint. More recently, I can tell you there is no mechanism for bloggers to exercise control over comments in blog posts. However, I do think that if an author were to flag or complain to the moderators about a comment, they would take that with some added weight.

Getting back to the point of my post above, Paul was teasing more transparency two years ago but I haven't seen it yet. If the whole process was more transparent, or the guidelines more clear, we wouldn't be needing to speculate like this.

Apr 15, 21 11:00 am  · 
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randomised

Be the change you wish to see on archinect, they're hiring!

https://archinect.com/jobs/ent...

Apr 15, 21 2:52 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

I'd be interested in articles by Miles.

Apr 15, 21 3:28 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

I thought one of the fun things about being critical, was punching up, except if you're a #metoo architect, then you deserve everything you get, I don't care where you reside on the food chain. BTW, when are we going to get back to outing serial sexual abusers?

Apr 15, 21 7:59 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

Annnnnd my post below confirms, architects blow.

Apr 16, 21 9:49 am  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

Another Architect died yesterday.


Apr 14, 21 10:36 pm  · 
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another unlicensed practitioner

Apr 14, 21 11:25 pm  · 
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citizen

Does this mean there's an opening?

Apr 14, 21 11:44 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

150Y sentence for practicing without an arch license is steep, but fair.

Apr 14, 21 11:45 pm  · 
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atelier nobody

If you build a better Ponzi scheme, the world beats a path to your door.

Apr 15, 21 4:02 pm  · 
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geezertect

What do you suppose his carbon footprint is as he burns in Hell?

Apr 17, 21 9:48 pm  · 
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tduds

Is it just me or is Sketchup getting worse as the years go by? 

Apr 15, 21 2:12 pm  · 
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tduds

The component library is a disaster of crowd-sourcing. I just love inserting a double swing door that's 4'-2 3/16" wide next to a 17' tall credenza. I'm done with this amateur hour crap I'm going back to Revit.

Apr 15, 21 2:26 pm  · 
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tduds

Gonna skip the whole saga about being unable to log in this morning but my god what a mess of patches on patches this world we've built has become.

Apr 15, 21 3:36 pm  · 
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Wood Guy

It's definitely gone downhill since Google sold it. I just spent an hour trying to figure out why the high-quality paid imagery wouldn't load; it turns out only some areas have it available, but there is nothing that tells you that within the program. I miss just having Google Earth images available. I don't like how they have changed layers to tags--the name change is fine, but the functionality is different. But I still like it and use it almost daily. There's a discussion about it on the EntreArchitect forum today.

Apr 15, 21 4:05 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

The coolest thing I liked about sketch up, was the ability to create topographic meshes from Google geolocate? I think that's what it's called.

Apr 15, 21 7:55 pm  · 
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The new functionality is terrible. I hate the tags nomenclature, it’s completely meaningless. And I have to click twice as many buttons to get the same action. Very unhappy with it.

Apr 16, 21 8:06 am  · 
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JLC-1

I kept a copy of sketchup 6 to load autocad stuff, and work on a 2017 version. I have the 2020 pro at home and don't want to update.

Apr 16, 21 11:02 am  · 
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SneakyPete

The tech industry's fetish for false innovation to justify the subscription / upgrade model is pathetic. They really took the lessons learned by the auto and fitness industry (new colors, guys, time to UPGRADE!) to heart. Fuck them. Moving the buttons around and one new "feature" that adds functionality that should have been there for years doesn't mean you're doing good work.

Apr 16, 21 1:28 pm  · 
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archanonymous

SP - I wholeheartedly agree. Rhino is the one bright spot amidst all the software I regularly use.

Apr 16, 21 1:37 pm  · 
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midlander

i hate the weird new icon that looks like nothing and double hate that it stamps their ugly tattoo on every image you export from the pro version, as if they're proud of the crappy default graphics and claim to own the work!

Apr 17, 21 7:02 pm  · 
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Jaetten

The newest version seems faster, but I don't understand why they changed 'Layers' to 'Tags'? It's like AutoCAD changing the 'Line' command to 'Score' for the sake of it...

Apr 20, 21 5:50 am  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

Yo! Yo!  What. The. Actual. Fuck?!

Why are these architects  still associating themselves with this rapist? Why is this Academy still inviting this rapist to judge anything!? Please, tell me, what am I missing?


Apr 15, 21 8:58 pm  · 
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They're hoping some of it rubs off on them ... and it has.

Apr 15, 21 9:25 pm  · 
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That entire juror list reads like "If you don't live in NYC, F U". Thom Mayne probably secretly hates LA

Apr 15, 21 9:42 pm  · 
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randomised

Yeah, f*ck that Annabelle Selldorf!!!

Apr 16, 21 1:44 am  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

Well, she shouldn't rape?

Apr 16, 21 9:48 am  · 
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I have no idea who any of these people are. It sounds like that is a good thing.

Apr 16, 21 1:11 pm  · 
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atelier nobody

Josh Mings - It's no secret Thom Mayne hates LA - have you seen the "architecture" he's inflicted on this city?

Apr 16, 21 1:16 pm  · 
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He hasn't done New York any favors.

Apr 16, 21 1:22 pm  · 
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citizen

^^ I was gonna ask if his buildings elsewhere are any better...

Apr 16, 21 6:01 pm  · 
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randomised

“ Well, she shouldn't rape”

Xactly, so good that you drew attention to her!

Apr 17, 21 2:28 pm  · 
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Contractor response to a punch list item LOL:

Women are accused of being emotional but I swear. Contractors are so prickly.

Apr 20, 21 8:44 am  · 
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Well, what you did as a favor was poorly done so fix it?

Apr 20, 21 10:07 am  · 
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Yup. If you did it, even for free and it sucks it's your responsibility to fix it.

Apr 20, 21 10:26 am  · 
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Wood Guy

One of many reasons I'm no longer a contractor. I don't know the situation here but it really does suck to try to help people out and then to have them complain. I'm a people-pleaser which is not a good fit for custom residential construction. Who is responsible for caulking is surprisingly contentious on many residential projects, even when I spell it out in the specs, they are usually ignored. And yeah, contractors can be too emotional for sure!

Apr 20, 21 10:31 am  · 
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Almosthip

Going to start a company and call it "By Others". I think I would get all the work

Apr 20, 21 10:46 am  · 
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Almosthip: that and TBD. TBD company gets all the work for interiors.

One thing that I consistently have to remind my coworkers of: we are not assigning work to trades (your situation may be different Donna). That is the GC's job. Our documents become the contract for the GC and they are responsible for everything in the documents. If they aren't responsible for something, put "not in contract" as the callout. When a GC sees "by others" on the drawings, they should interpret that as "not in contract."

Donna, your contractor sounds like a peach. I saw a bidder submit a question incorrectly and then get all huffy when we told him to resubmit it correctly so we could respond to it properly. Started threatening that they wouldn't bid the project. I'm thinking to myself, "Ok. Go. You think I want to work with you if this is how you respond to being told to submit something correctly? You think I want to do this a couple thousand times again when you low-ball and win the bid? Please, don't bid this job."

Apr 20, 21 11:33 am  · 
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SneakyPete

Nobody appreciates my caulk.

Apr 20, 21 1:24 pm  · 
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axonapoplectic

Whenever I come across a revit forum post about an issue I’m having, it always seems like the first few responses are either people who don’t understand the issue or flat out call OP a moron (probably because they also don’t understand the issue). Then, you get a few responses down and it’s like “yeah, this is a known issue - you need a workaround”  and it’s a 307 step process that involves the Hungarian version of EagleCAD. Then I check the date and the post is from like 10 years ago. I am obviously not the first person who comes across these issues, but the lack of good support from Autodesk and the revit community is frustrating.


I was looking at archicad as a possibility for my own side work, but it also seems like it also has its issues. I think I’ll just stick with a combo of sketchup, rhino/grasshopper, and AutoCAD for my personal stuff.


My other gripe is that everything is now subscription.

Apr 20, 21 8:59 am  · 
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Like your license.

Apr 20, 21 9:21 am  · 
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AXO - lets see some of your work. Post up.

Apr 20, 21 10:25 am  · 
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archanonymous

I know a few solo practitioners who do all their drawings in Rhino. It's really no worse than AutoCAD for small sets, but you get all those tasty modeling capabilities. 

I too have a deep and abiding disdain for Autodesk. Ask Revit for anything but the most common solution and it requires a workaround. 20+ years to get fuckin slanted walls!

Apr 20, 21 10:29 am  · 
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It took you 20 years to fixture out slanted walls?! That's on you bud.

Apr 20, 21 10:40 am  · 
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archanonymous

You're such a Chad.

Apr 20, 21 10:40 am  · 
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Bench

I genuinely wish that I could figure out how to do everything in Rhino, if only to spite Autodesk. I've set up my own drawings in the past for extremely specific paneling set-outs with double-curves, but this was largely leaning on preset standards pulled in from cad. It worked wonderfully in the end though, and were incorporated into a design-assist bid.

If anyone has links to resources on moving to Rhino-only drawing sets out there, blogs or explainers, etc., that would be very much appreciated ...

Apr 20, 21 1:18 pm  · 
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Oh don't be so grumpy AA. You'll get heartburn.

Apr 20, 21 1:29 pm  · 
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joseffischer

Or when there is no answer, or you figure out a 250-step solution to the 307-step solution... but they want you to login twice and verify who you are by phone in order to post a reply... so you leave it alone

Apr 21, 21 1:42 pm  · 
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archanonymous

@ Bench - I don't think there's one definitive guide. I suppose it really depends on project size and what school you are of regarding things like layers, tags, etc... If you are doing small-ish projects and are willing to draft, should be no problem. I used to put together 10-20 page sets in Rhino all the time. The layout tools and model/ paper space concept is almost exactly the same as old AutoCAD. Nothing is parametric, so just be efficient with tags and notes. If you want parametric tags and tons of layer control, maybe VisualARQ could be a plugin solution for Rhino? I don't think you could use it on a large project effectively.

Apr 21, 21 2:20 pm  · 
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JLC-1

this is good.

https://www.archpaper.com/2021...

Apr 20, 21 11:03 am  · 
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Good piece. Wagner is typically on point - except for her unforunate categorization of architecture as "a visual art". And while she is absoultely correct in calling out the negative environmental impact of NFTs, I wish she had made a stronger case about the economic causes behind it.

Apr 20, 21 11:41 am  · 
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SneakyPete

THAT shit garbage rendering of a shit garbage idea sold for $500,000? Fucking money, man. It's worthless. It must be, otherwise why would anyone trade it for THAT?

Apr 20, 21 1:22 pm  · 
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citizen

I don't mind a facetious comment being pulled down, but do they have to do it so quickly?

The address is One Hermaphrodite Plaza.

Apr 20, 21 3:16 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

I don't get it.

Apr 20, 21 3:29 pm  · 
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citizen

Context is important; it followed Pete's (thus far intact) comment:

Apr 20, 21 3:37 pm  · 
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To me this looks like the 'Eye of Sauron'.

That's not a euphemism. 

Apr 20, 21 5:46 pm  · 
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Wood Guy

https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1070716033718091776/qmtOX8VL.jpg

I hate it when I can't get images to attach. The link shows the Overstock logo.

Apr 20, 21 5:55 pm  · 
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@citizen You're not the only one. I suggested that they put some hair around it. I'm surprised that 'Pete's is still there.

Apr 20, 21 7:50 pm  · 
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citizen

And this might belong in that other thread, but I've been banished: the fantastic Mathematica exhibit by the fantastic Eameses-- which included a Mobius strip carrying a little train! I saw this on a field trip when I was a pup, and was mesmerized by all the brilliant and fun ways of illustrating math and geometry.Exhibition Histories in Science and Technology « Martha Fleming : arts |  sciences | humanities : interdisciplines


Apr 20, 21 8:22 pm  · 
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randomised

that smile, pure joy!

Apr 21, 21 3:58 am  · 
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citizen

My exact thought, randomised. I need more of that!

Apr 21, 21 1:09 pm  · 
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And we’re back! Yay!

Apr 22, 21 12:24 pm  · 
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Wood Guy

Phew, I was starting to get the DTs...

Apr 22, 21 12:25 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

Act of terrorism, no doubt, right? What else is there that could disturb this impenetrable fortress?

Apr 22, 21 12:40 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

Yeah, but that one thread is still on the first page.

Apr 22, 21 12:47 pm  · 
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Must have been the Russians.

Apr 22, 21 1:09 pm  · 
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Wood Guy

Nothing like having your favorite forum down all morning to remind you how much of a habit visiting it can become! 

Apr 22, 21 12:25 pm  · 
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tduds

I was on a site visit & missed all the drama.

Apr 22, 21 2:12 pm  · 
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Wood Guy

It was touch and go there for a while.

Apr 22, 21 2:33 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

I need an adult.

Apr 22, 21 2:36 pm  · 
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randomised

My entire daily routine got messed up, actually got some work done for a change!

Apr 22, 21 3:25 pm  · 
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No drama, tduds, just a 502 Bad Gateway error.

Apr 22, 21 3:30 pm  · 
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Oh we're back now. I was too busy getting things accomplished to notice. It was weird. I'm not sure I liked it. Will give people the wrong impression about my ability to do things quickly.

Apr 22, 21 4:32 pm  · 
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The site was down? Huh. Probably too many MIT students trying to log on to get us to do their homework.

Apr 22, 21 6:33 pm  · 
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I can’t believe Balkins actually became a hacker and accomplished taking the site down.

Apr 22, 21 10:28 pm  · 
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bowling_ball

Sorry Josh, what? Can't tell if you're joking but you must be... right?

Apr 26, 21 6:34 pm  · 
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randomised

He hooked up his Commodore 64 to the mainframe and went to town via dial-up!

Apr 28, 21 4:46 am  · 
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SneakyPete

Mentioning the Commodore64 and Balkins in the same thread. Bold move, Cotton.

Apr 28, 21 1:32 pm  · 
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archiwutm8

I got a home 3D printer for home and I thought I'd be printing façades and other AEC related things but all I've done is print toys and figurines...

Apr 23, 21 4:41 am  · 
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SneakyPete

Extrusion or solution based?

Apr 26, 21 6:18 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

Miles, what does your work typically go for? I love a lot of it!

Apr 26, 21 2:46 pm  · 
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Thanks! 1,500 to 15,000

Apr 26, 21 3:35 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

Miles, let me know if you do payment plans, and if you have a price list.

Apr 26, 21 4:19 pm  · 
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b3ta - email to set up a phone call and we can talk.

Here's a piece I just finished:


Apr 26, 21 5:38 pm  · 
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randomised

I took the liberty of framing it, hope you don't mind


Apr 28, 21 4:12 pm  · 
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WTF is up with the ignorant egotistical hypocrites devoid of the most basic reasoning skills? If this is the future we are truly doomed. 

The image above is my parting gift to Jay.

Apr 27, 21 7:57 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

Nice light switch, as always.

Apr 27, 21 8:06 pm  · 
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I think Jay is just inexperienced and doesn't know.

Apr 28, 21 10:48 am  · 
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tduds

The light switch is necessary for scale.

Apr 28, 21 11:26 am  · 
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SneakyPete

I'm hoping Miles comes back with a photo that shows the other angle and the light switch is 16" tall.

Apr 28, 21 1:29 pm  · 
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tduds

There's your next project: Big Light Switch

Apr 28, 21 2:29 pm  · 
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I can't begin to tell you how difficult it is to make a light switch that's 1/4" tall.

Apr 28, 21 2:35 pm  · 
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Chad, profound ignorance + titanic ego = insufferable twat. Jay's cup is not just overflowing, it is at the bottom of an ocean of his own stupidity.

Apr 28, 21 2:39 pm  · 
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On the subject of scale, a picture of a 3' tall matchbook with an 8" push pin is easily mistaken for a picture of a standard matchbook that is 3" tall. Thus the necessity of the light switch to provide scale reference. It's actually a faux switch, just a faceplate with a toggle glued in that I doublestick tape to the wall as necessary. You can also do this with outlets if you are missing one for the underwriters.

Apr 28, 21 2:42 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

Smart.

Apr 28, 21 4:29 pm  · 
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Any current or former skaters out there that think of the skateboarding company World Industries when writing specifications for acoustical ceilings where you are using products from Armstrong World Industries, Inc.? 

No, just me then? 

Any Flame Boy or Wet Willy fans?

Apr 28, 21 2:50 pm  · 
5  · 
tduds

Oh wow this just opened up a whole file of memories I didn't even remember I had. Flashback to mid-90s tduds drawing Flame Boy logos on my trapper keeper.

Apr 28, 21 3:12 pm  · 
3  · 
Non Sequitur

Thanks for making me feel old.

Apr 28, 21 3:16 pm  · 
3  · 
Bench

Damn theres a throwback...

Apr 29, 21 7:39 am  · 
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Jaetten

I've been looking at the term 'Interior Architect' and found that throughout most of Europe it's a licence profession that takes 5-7 years of combined education, BA and MA, with professional experience. In  many countries is licenced by the same boards that licence Architecture, and has similar codes of conducts and liability etc.

The role seems much more involved than interior design in the UK, US and Canada. Strikes me how different the 'anglo-sphere' is in regards to this.

Apr 29, 21 7:10 am  · 
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Non Sequitur

That term has no legal/professional definition in Canada.

Apr 29, 21 7:30 am  · 
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Jaetten

That's what I mean, Non. In the the UK, US and Canada, we call the profession interior design, whereas in a lot of European countries, they call it interior architecture!

Apr 29, 21 7:39 am  · 
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Non Sequitur

yep. The professional act in frozen canukistan (and I assume the US too) prevents variation of the term. The int designer association in my jurisdiction have been trying to get professional recognition under our architect's act for many years. It'll happen, but most int-des on that committee don't want the increase in annual dues and extra scrutiny with literally zero advantages (or scope of work increase) except a change in the name.

Apr 29, 21 8:03 am  · 
1  · 
Jaetten

I get why they want it. After all, it's a profession that affects the quality of life of the people who use the space. It should be a professionally recognised career bound by code of conduct and carry liability for the works undertaken. A lot will disagree with that.

Apr 29, 21 8:20 am  · 
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Non Sequitur

but int-des is a 2y college level course in my jurisdiction... Their exams, IDP and cont-ed requirements are also very minimal. Again, this is in my slice of frozen tundra.

Apr 29, 21 9:08 am  · 
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Jaetten

Yeah, that's the problem, there's no standardised education. In the UK, you don't 'need' any education... Are you not in Ontario? I know that the ARIDO require a 4 year degree and NCIDQ for membership.

Apr 29, 21 9:12 am  · 
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Non Sequitur

it's a 4y degree since 2015 apparently. Hey, I learned something today. Also looks like few universities offer it. Only local colleges.

Apr 29, 21 9:30 am  · 
1  · 
bowling_ball

My local uni has a master's of ID. Several of my co-workers are NCIDQ. They run full projects just like the architects, except they hand off envelope design to others.

Apr 29, 21 10:54 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

BB, half of my office is ID... it's actually part of our corporate name now too after a rebranding effort for equality. Most can run projects very well as long as it's within a narrow area (like an p.eng) but we struggle when it's big picture time. If I had a nickel for every wall that abutted into a glass plane... or was asked to jog a wall to fit a bookcase... I could buy you a pint... or 3.

Apr 30, 21 12:04 am  · 
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bowling_ball

Yikes NS, that's not great. Biggest trouble I've had is simply lack of code knowledge by junior staff... Which isn't a big deal until their mistakes slip by me unnoticed (oops, that's on me).

Apr 30, 21 12:24 am  · 
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I'm fucking losing it. I wish I could post this as liberty bell instead of as me but seriously, you guys: as a profession we need to start telling our clients NO WE CANNOT DO IT THAT QUICKLY. I'm on a CA call and every single design professional on this call - architecture, engineering, food service, IT, security, everyone - is working 12 hours days trying to review submittals and answer RFIs and find substitutions and update the model and deal with doubled materials prices and one lady just said "sorry, I dropped off the call briefly because I got into my car, I'm actually on PTO today" and it's like WTF humans!!  We need to stop working ourselves to death like this just because some Program Manager wants to justify their high salary by berating us all to work faster. Damn.



Apr 29, 21 3:02 pm  · 
9  · 
SneakyPete

I am trying to do my part by explaining to new hires the importance of time management, personal time, and the word 'no.' Once the dog gets its nose in the door of your personal life, the dog is going to end up in the room. Something as innocuous as using your personal cell number for business calls is an aspect of work blurring the line. It won't stop if you don't force it to. 

* 'You' is not intended to refer to anyone in particular.


Apr 29, 21 3:28 pm  · 
5  · 
midlander

it's tough. sometimes you have to look at the situation and judge whether extra effort is going to make the difference between pass or fail on a given project. a strategic disengagement is sometimes the only appropriate response. but like the endless wars, no one wants to admit defeat and get in with better things.

Apr 29, 21 8:01 pm  · 
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Design/build takes the pain out of CA. On the other hand you still have to deal with the clients.

Apr 29, 21 11:36 pm  · 
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Miles, you obviously haven't had the pleasure of working with the large design-build contractors I have. "Hey I know we agreed on this design a month ago, but we found we can use this crappy substitute instead. Please review and approve. Oh, it doesn't meet code. Well you can figure that out right? If we don't use this, we won't hit the budget and there won't be a project. Oh, and can we get it back by EOD? We need to order material tomorrow in order to keep the schedule."

Hard to push back on the hand that feeds you.

Apr 30, 21 11:52 am  · 
1  · 
SneakyPete

Bite that fucking hand if it only feeds you unhealthy food.

Apr 30, 21 1:46 pm  · 
2  · 

The food ($$$) is fine, and why the firm keeps going back for more. It's the abuse and/or feeling like you have to sell out on quality that I'd rather get away from.

Design-build for small commercial or residential is usually fine as many times the design-build firm is one entity or a joint venture. The decision makers realize they need to find a good balance between quality and cost. Design-build for the large complex projects is usually a contractor who hires the architect. With design-bid-build or negotiated contracts the architect had a direct contract with the owner and only had to serve them. You could go to the owner and say the contractor is trying to screw you over with crappy materials and sometimes they'd back you up.

But when the architect is hired by the contractor for a design-build contract, they now get to walk the line of pleasing the owner, as well as the contractor. Problem is the owner isn't signing your checks. You can't go to the owner and say the contractor is trying to screw you over with crappy materials because that's just going to get you fired.

Apr 30, 21 2:11 pm  · 
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It is almost pathologically impossible for me to say no sometimes.

Apr 29, 21 5:53 pm  · 
2  · 
bowling_ball

"yes, if...."

Apr 29, 21 10:46 pm  · 
1  · 
b3tadine[sutures]

I do fondly talk about the time I said no, fired the client, and got paid to email an autocad background. That, was joyous.

Apr 29, 21 11:13 pm  · 
4  · 
axonapoplectic

I love architecture but I hate revit. Is it worth sticking with the profession?

Apr 29, 21 9:52 pm  · 
3  · 
midlander

yes we need to stick together to beat back the monster of horrible software.

Apr 29, 21 10:00 pm  · 
1  · 
axonapoplectic

I thought about partnering with some MIT whiz kids to create a revit killer, but then I realized that I’d probably just do it long enough to get bought out by autodesk and then use the money to go all frank ghery on my house.

Apr 29, 21 10:11 pm  · 
2  · 
SneakyPete

I hate Revit until i need to document a project in anything else.

Apr 29, 21 10:22 pm  · 
3  · 
b3tadine[sutures]

I love Revit, but hate architecture, should I turn tricks?

Apr 29, 21 11:14 pm  · 
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midlander

can you be my mep engineer?

Apr 29, 21 11:53 pm  · 
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tduds

I think of Revit like that old quip about Democracy. It's the worst thing except for everything else we've tried.

Apr 30, 21 12:28 am  · 
2  · 
Non Sequitur

I'll accept any thumbs down here but what I'm really getting tired of is finding myself defending software in my office. 

The problem is not Revit, specifically. The problem is two parts: Layman users + overblown expectations from the office's ownership. "The revit salesmen told me it would do all this stuff instantly" Well... no, at least not quickly. It can if you have people who know how to do AND give them a reasonable time frame to do it. Really getting tired and I find myself snapping more often than I'd like to when discussing this with my office's partners.

Apr 30, 21 12:33 am  · 
7  · 
joseffischer

AND drop your standards... "the flooring transition lines aren't exactly right at the doors"... yes, we clicked the button that uses the walls to make the room rather than 'sketch' them... that's where the auto-feature puts them. We then go back and correct the major areas, but no, we don't go to every door and move the line by 1/2".

Random example #2354 (happened yesterday) of why the higher ups can't have it both ways.  "well in my day we drew those lines, every line, purposefully"... I agree, I actually whole-heartedly agree, and you probably spent hours or even a couple days coordinating finish plans just so.  But I needed to do 4 floors of interior fit-out in under an hour because we're strapped for interns, refuse to hire more, and you've got a PM doing it for you cause I was light, but I have 8 more versions of this to do today. 

Apr 30, 21 6:35 am  · 
5  · 
joseffischer

I also used this example as another time to pitch my expanded control of the revit template, suggesting that if we added transition strips that could be toggled off/on as a scheduled item, I could then select entire types of doors (carpeted offices from an LVT corridor per say) and set them and they'd have their line where they wanted... but no, only senior staff get control of the BIM template

Apr 30, 21 6:44 am  · 
4  · 
joseffischer

I do miss my residential design-build days where most of my time was in the field discussing things like "let's turn a board here at the transition from kitchen to dining and run two courses of picture-framed white oak before going back to the red oak". I'm sure if you do it right, firm owners make a killing in that market (I know mine lived on high) but for a salaried employee gig, I couldn't ignore the call of mediocre-design semi-large corporate america

Apr 30, 21 6:49 am  · 
1  · 
axonapoplectic

Non - I work in a large office and there are maybe 2 people

Apr 30, 21 8:58 am  · 
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axonapoplectic

2 people in the entire office who both know how to use revit and put a set together. It’s usually either or.

Apr 30, 21 8:59 am  · 
1  · 
axonapoplectic

Like really understand revit where they can easily create custom families, use dynamo, etc…

Apr 30, 21 9:00 am  · 
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Non Sequitur

Joe, I am the creator & all powerful genie of our office template... and I will steal that transition strip idea. The thing is, no-one but me uses the template.  Everyone else just does whatever and downloads everything from suppliers.

We have 3 different BIM teams in our 20ish person office.

Team 1 consists of me, and me alone

Team 2 consists of 2 to 3 architects with skills ranging from deliberately lazy to reasonable.

Team 3 is whatever our interior design department is doing


Apr 30, 21 9:01 am  · 
3  · 
tduds

"It can if you have people who know how to do AND give them a reasonable time frame to do it." 

Bingo. 

The generational disconnect I often run up against is that, with BIM, (speaking generally here) SD/DD takes more time so that CD takes less time. But that only works if DD is done by someone who can *think in BIM* and given enough time to be done correctly. The old guard often expects CDs to go faster because of technology, but doesn't understand the other side of the coin and so also rushes DD, resulting in hacked together messy models and detail lines galore. There's a tradeoff, despite what the slick Autodesk pitch says.

Apr 30, 21 11:45 am  · 
4  · 
square.

i think it is possible to both criticize those using the software and the software itself.

my biggest issue is the growing gap between the reality of arch production today, and this question: "how much do you have to explain to someone how to use a pencil?"

Apr 30, 21 12:22 pm  · 
3  · 
SneakyPete

The answer to that is surprisingly complex. Pencil? Lead holder? Mechanical pencil? Which lead? How do you sharpen it? Which eraser? Do we need ink at some point? Which line weight is which lead size? Scum bag? Straight edge? French curves? Tilt angle? Stand or stool? Which light? What drafting surface? Mayline or drafting arm?

Apr 30, 21 1:44 pm  · 
2  · 
tduds

I only use pens.

Apr 30, 21 1:46 pm  · 
1  · 
SneakyPete

I do all of my thinking with my No. 15 pen.

Apr 30, 21 1:52 pm  · 
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square.

of course it's complex- but compared to revit, it's primitive.

Apr 30, 21 2:20 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

Don't know about that square... I understand how the revit hamster ball works well enough but I could not even start explaining how my fountain pens work. That's sorcery to me.

Apr 30, 21 3:30 pm  · 
2  · 

I love architecture but I hate clients. Is it worth sticking with the profession?

Apr 30, 21 10:08 am  · 
5  · 
tduds

Be your own client. Then you can hate yourself!

Apr 30, 21 11:38 am  · 
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midlander

that's how i justify making them pay for what i design!

Apr 30, 21 8:55 pm  · 
1  · 
Le Courvoisier

I love architecture but I hate Bjarke Ingels. Is it worth sticking with the profession?

Apr 30, 21 10:47 am  · 
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Le Courvoisier

I love architecture but I hate deciding which school to go to on my own. Is it worth sticking with the profession?

Apr 30, 21 10:48 am  · 
2  · 

I love architecture but Jay112 seems to hate me.  Am I still a worthy architect despite my 18 years of lame, narrow minded experience? 

Apr 30, 21 12:09 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

I love alcohol but hate hangovers. Is it worth sticking with the profession?

Apr 30, 21 12:22 pm  · 
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bowling_ball

Not if you hate hangovers. In fact, I'm about to start a pre-hangover right now. Cheers!

Apr 30, 21 2:49 pm  · 
2  · 

I love architecture but hated architecture school. Is it worth sticking with the profession?

Apr 30, 21 1:30 pm  · 
1  · 

I love architecture but hate NCARB. Is it worth sticking with the profession?

Apr 30, 21 1:36 pm  · 
1  · 
citizen

I love love, but hate hate.  Is it worth getting up every morning?

Apr 30, 21 2:37 pm  · 
1  · 

This wins.

Apr 30, 21 6:48 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

I love loving architecture but I'm too lazy to think of something else to write.  Can someone recommend something edgy and fresh to hate?  Thanks in advance. #blessed.


Apr 30, 21 2:39 pm  · 
3  · 
Jaetten

Bad day? I get 25 paid holiday days per year, plus paid sick time and 8 paid bank holidays. Does that help?

May 4, 21 10:40 am  · 
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tduds

I love memes, but I hate repetition. Is it worth going for the easy meta joke?

Apr 30, 21 2:44 pm  · 
4  · 
JLC-1

Want to see something scary? wall opened from outside, need to replace studs for a new beam support and found this shit, luckily it's only one of 4 locations.  

Apr 30, 21 3:22 pm  · 
2  · 
Non Sequitur

definitively needs a good bead of caulk.

Apr 30, 21 3:29 pm  · 
4  · 
curtkram

i think my house has that a lot worse. That's why i keep it covered up

Apr 30, 21 4:40 pm  · 
3  · 
citizen

^ Exactly. Don't ask, don't tell, don't worry.  Drywall-as-calming influence and beloved secret-keeper.

Apr 30, 21 5:03 pm  · 
2  · 

If EIFS it’s more more than 4 locations.

Apr 30, 21 6:35 pm  · 
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JLC-1

It's not EIFS, just a 30 year old house.

Apr 30, 21 10:57 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

for anyone interested, it’s snowing right now. 

Apr 30, 21 6:04 pm  · 
2  · 

Actual Snow or 1990s Canadian Rapper Snow? You Canucks have to be more specific.

Apr 30, 21 6:11 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

Hey, I grew up in that era. I bought that album the day it came out sir. But no, it’s really just regular white fluffy snow. Time to put the winter tires back on. That was too short of a summer.

Apr 30, 21 6:36 pm  · 
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randomised

He come from Jamaica

May 1, 21 2:16 pm  · 
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Jaetten

Thanks Non, we got the most snow all winter on April 6th! Still didn't settle... You lucky soul!

May 4, 21 10:37 am  · 
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Another 12 hour day whhhheeeeeeeeee!  But luckily I’m headed to the liquor store now.

Apr 30, 21 6:53 pm  · 
4  · 
tintt

I just sent my husband to get boxed wine.

Apr 30, 21 7:03 pm  · 
3  · 
bowling_ball

Cheers! Time to turn off and enjoy the weekend.

Apr 30, 21 8:27 pm  · 
1  · 

The problem is I just love, truly love, the taste of bourbon. I’d drink it all day long if more than a few glasses didn’t make me blotto.

Apr 30, 21 11:38 pm  · 
2  · 
tintt

Was just reading a book on small firm management and came across the firm archetype "Everyone is dissatisfied". I prefer to say can't get no satisfaction. No no no.

Apr 30, 21 9:50 pm  · 
6  · 

In reference to my post on the previous page about us working ourselves to death:




Apr 30, 21 10:40 pm  · 
9  · 
geezertect

Unless maybe you're in a job with union protection, or you're so well paid that other people are too intimidated and awed to abuse you, or your skill is in extreme short supply and you don't have to eat that shit.  None of which applies to this "profession".

May 1, 21 11:58 am  · 
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JLC-1

not in this country, but in italy you get the
whole of august no matter what you do. no

May 1, 21 2:24 pm  · 
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JLC-1

exceptions.

May 1, 21 3:25 pm  · 
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tduds

What I'm hearing, geezer, is that we need an Architects' union.


Happy May Day comrades.

May 1, 21 7:57 pm  · 
6  · 

It me, answering emails while recovering from surgery last year (my fault actually, didn’t bring enough books)

May 2, 21 12:32 am  · 
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randomised

What else to do for the summer, work?
Everything is closed, schools, construction companies and job sites, etc...they actually had to regulate and divide the country in zones that take their holidays 1 or 2 weeks apart, otherwise all roads towards holiday destinations would be so severely gridlocked when holidays start because the entire country would be on the move (The Netherlands)

May 2, 21 3:10 pm  · 
1  · 
bowling_ball

Montreal does the same thing. All architecture, engineering, and construction firms shut down at the same time (I think for two weeks in August). Or at least that's what I've been told after I visited during one of those breaks and was extremely confused why a km-long stretch of highway construction was empty for the entire week I was there.

May 2, 21 5:15 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

^bb... it's all of Quebec that does that... and as a result, all my projects get affected because most of the labour and material supply comes out of Quebec.

May 2, 21 5:23 pm  · 
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Almosthip

Living in a place with 9 months of winter, Summer is the only time we get anything built that didn't cost a fortune because of heating and hoarding

May 3, 21 12:31 pm  · 
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I missed our local May Day picnic on Saturday because I was...in the office, all day, responding to submittals and RFIs.

I can't explain how annoying it is to be spending hours going back and forth with the millworkers about how to detail the jib doors when I would personally never design a job door. I did one, early in my career in a *very* traditional Classical apartment interior for a *very* demanding client, and never wanted to do one again. But our interior deisgner put them in then resigned from the firm and now I'm left dealing with them. Happy Monday morning everyone!


May 3, 21 9:11 am  · 
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Interior is no sweat. Trying doing it exterior with full weatherproofing.

May 3, 21 9:47 am  · 
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Went camping, biking, and paddling over the weekend.  A co worker was upset because I left work Friday at 11 am (our normal hours). This person said that my absence really messed up her project and her weekend.  

I'm involved in any of her projects.  

She's not a partner.  

I have no idea what her deal is or how my being gone could impact any of her projects.  

May 3, 21 10:45 am  · 
1  · 
proto

kinda wtf?...maybe just ask her to see what's up

and, hopefully this person is not in a position to give "peer reviews"

May 3, 21 2:14 pm  · 
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randomised

She’s probably on archinect

May 3, 21 3:31 pm  · 
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She is neither.

May 3, 21 3:36 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

maybe she is Jay11whatever

May 3, 21 3:41 pm  · 
1  · 

That would be interesting however she is a very good architect and quite knowledgeable so that's not possible.

May 3, 21 3:53 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

I don't know, maybe we have the start for a solid M.Night shamasomething movie script here. What a twist!

May 3, 21 3:54 pm  · 
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Oooooo! That would be cool! Erpt . . . model's done upgrading. Time to do some architecture.

May 3, 21 3:56 pm  · 
1  · 
tintt

6 new messages before 8:02 this morning. Going to be a great week! I'm feeling a bit like the dog that caught the car and immediately regrets it.

May 3, 21 10:49 am  · 
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tintt

One of the comments was from a client who designed the building themselves and now that it is built "doesn't like it". I "didn't like it" a long time ago.

May 3, 21 11:38 am  · 
6  · 

I once had a client who designed his own project. Every time I gave him anything he redesigned it. Then I’d draw up his revisions and he redesign it again. Eventually he said “I don’t like this”, so I told him to get someone else.

May 3, 21 12:28 pm  · 
1  · 
tintt

I'm still looking for the perfect gif to respond with.

May 3, 21 5:00 pm  · 
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b3tadine[sutures]

If you ever have the chance to speak with Miles, do it, he's great! Plus, if one of you rich architects can, buy some of his fucking work. I am going to soon.

May 3, 21 6:39 pm  · 
6  · 

'rich architects' is an oxymoron. Poor architects get a nice discount.

May 3, 21 7:17 pm  · 
4  · 
tduds

There are plenty of rich architects, but they were either born that way or married into it. The former are lucky, the latter are smart.

May 4, 21 12:35 am  · 
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If you marry for money you will surely earn it.

May 4, 21 8:50 am  · 
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Was that a proposal Miles?

May 4, 21 12:34 pm  · 
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Jaetten

Either I'm being thick, or there is no French Roast Coffee that is roasted in France that is available in the UK....

May 4, 21 11:55 am  · 
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Hey, y'all voted for Brexit

May 4, 21 12:03 pm  · 
3  · 
citizen

Exactly. Delicious Bruxelles Brew for everyone!

May 4, 21 12:12 pm  · 
1  · 
Jaetten

Regrettably, Josh. Not the best decision... I really miss my French Roast....

May 4, 21 12:19 pm  · 
1  · 

French Roast doesn’t come from France, it’s just a dark roast. Coffee beans don’t grow in France.

May 4, 21 1:00 pm  · 
3  · 
Jaetten

I know it doesn’t grow there, I want a roast that has been roasted in France by a French company ;)

May 4, 21 1:36 pm  · 
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I prefer light roast, dark tastes burnt.

May 4, 21 1:39 pm  · 
3  · 
Jaetten

Never tried a light but I do like medium, I drink more medium than dark. Sometimes I really crave a strong dark coffee. Same way I used to like a smokey scotch before I quite drinking alcohol.

May 4, 21 1:44 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

More caffeine in light roasts, too.

May 4, 21 2:35 pm  · 
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tduds

I used to love dark roasts. Darker and smokier the better. I'm not sure what changed over the past year but I drifted to light/medium. Now I can barely stomach a super dark coffee.

May 4, 21 2:44 pm  · 
2  · 
randomised

Jaetten, no matter how dark or light or French, but get your beans roasted locally for optimal freshness. Especially French roasted beans expire quickly!

May 4, 21 3:00 pm  · 
1  · 
Non Sequitur

as long as it's black and not decaf, I'll drink it. Don't even care the vintage or temperature.

May 4, 21 3:26 pm  · 
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Too soon for another one of these?

I love architecture, but hate coffee. Is it worth sticking with the profession?

May 4, 21 3:32 pm  · 
7  · 
Non Sequitur

^no

May 4, 21 3:39 pm  · 
3  · 

‘No’ for too soon or for sticking with it?

May 4, 21 3:44 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

yes

May 4, 21 3:51 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

42

May 4, 21 4:58 pm  · 
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Almosthip

46 & 2

May 5, 21 10:38 am  · 
3  · 
SneakyPete

Just ahead of me.

May 5, 21 5:54 pm  · 
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proto

people are weird

"Inside the ‘Tartarian Empire,’ the QAnon of Architecture"

https://www.bloomberg.com/news...

May 4, 21 4:50 pm  · 
3  · 
JLC-1

too much fat in their diets, blood doesn't really flow in the brain

May 4, 21 5:00 pm  · 
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citizen

That's one of my favorite empires.


May 4, 21 5:02 pm  · 
4  · 
SneakyPete

Beef Tartarian Empire?

May 4, 21 5:05 pm  · 
4  · 
randomised

Looks like the clogged colon it will cause after eating...

May 5, 21 10:16 am  · 
1  · 

I was late to work because I stopped to give a guy whose car was stalled in the driving lane a jump. We had a nice chat about how bullheaded structural engineers are - he’s an ironworker.

May 5, 21 8:50 am  · 
7  · 
midlander

i am imagining a picture of you in your miata jumpering an ironworkers big truck. i love it ;D

May 5, 21 9:31 am  · 
1  · 

You can go to any construction site and have the same conversation with any tradesman about architects.

May 5, 21 11:39 am  · 
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You can go to the comments section of any Archinect news article and have the same conversation about architects.

Well, maybe not you Miles. They seem to have you on their radar.

May 5, 21 12:38 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

I've made some strategic moves with one particular repeat client by letting them talk "bad" about our M&E consultants so when I handle communications and drawing coordinations with them, it appears that I'm acting specifically because the client complained as opposed to me just doing what I do normally. The fun thing is this particular client now likes to complain about another arch office they have with another project... and that arch is my very, very good friend. Oddly, there are no complaints to them about me.

May 5, 21 12:44 pm  · 
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My first jobs were construction labor on my father's projects. People didn't know I was related and talked massive shit about the architect.

May 5, 21 1:47 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

Miles, I've been on 2 sites early in my career, that I can remember, where the trades were talking ill of the architect in my presence. The catch is they did so in French (quebec workers) without knowing that I am fully bilingual. They sure looked stunned when I switched languages and interrupted their "chat". Now they know in advance anyways because my last name is on the letter head so only the really dumb ones won't figure out that I speak the common site tongue.

May 5, 21 4:56 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

When I'm on a job site I learn the names of people as well as I can and say hello to everyone and am genuinely interested in what they're doing. Seems to keep the architect slagging to a minimum for me.

May 5, 21 5:50 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

Going over a quote package at the moment for a gov tenant fit-up (by others) for a new privately-owned 200k sq.ft office building I completed a few years ago (mid 2016!).  They are the first tenants and really dragged their feet during the lease negotiations hence the big delay between end of construction and fit-up.  Anyways, given the curent Covid19 times, this tenant decided to overhaul everything someone could conceivably touch... to touchless everything.  I have sheets for phone apps that control the auto-door-openers for the tower's exit stair doors... for fuck's sake.

Anyways, total bill is just under 900k loonies.  9 floors, 4 elevators, 2 entrances... and 20ish 4stall bathrooms.

May 5, 21 12:33 pm  · 
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What spec section do the Three Seashells fall under?

May 5, 21 1:24 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

Are they touchless? Where are the sensors and batteries?

May 5, 21 1:37 pm  · 
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SneakyPete

He doesn't know about the Three Seashells.

May 5, 21 1:56 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

I’ll make sure to recommend the swearing ticket machine dispensers.

May 5, 21 2:06 pm  · 
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I want to build a utility shed for my lawn mower and yard work stuff.  I don't want to take out a second mortgage for the wood framing though. 

May 5, 21 2:30 pm  · 
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randomised

Use reclaimed materials instead and upcycle!

May 5, 21 4:50 pm  · 
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JLC-1

may be cheaper going to costco and buying a plastic one.

May 5, 21 4:58 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

buy some goats instead and let them "mow" the lawn 24/7.

May 5, 21 5:04 pm  · 
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Tried. Can't find any that are worth reusing.

May 5, 21 5:11 pm  · 
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Almosthip

Load bearing steel studs

May 5, 21 5:16 pm  · 
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Thought about it. I've never worked with them on my own but I do know that in my area they're only about 2% less costly than wood studs. With the revised detailing and construction methods and minimal cost reduction I'd just stay with wood.

May 5, 21 5:22 pm  · 
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proto

Load bearing goats

May 5, 21 5:24 pm  · 
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tduds

lol reclaimed goats.

May 5, 21 5:24 pm  · 
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JLC-1

sometimes I just peek in archinect to get a good laugh

May 5, 21 5:34 pm  · 
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Reclaimed, load bearing goats it is!

May 5, 21 6:00 pm  · 
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