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Massive Solar Farm Could Pump Clean Energy From the Sahara to England

Inhabitat - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:59

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The blazing Sahara sun may power homes a world away by 2018. The people behind a new $13 million project called TuNur farm propose to build a massive 100-square-kilometer solar farm in Tunisia. The farm would then connect directly to the UK, pumping energy through a 280-mile-long underwater cable.
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Last chance to register for the Facades+ Dallas conference!

Archinect - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:49
This post is brought to you by Facades+ Dallas.

The Facades+ conference series is only one week away from holding its first event in Dallas, Texas on October 30 and 31. If you haven't registered yet, now is the time!

Presented by The Architect’s Newspaper and Enclos, Facades+ Dallas is the ninth event in the ongoing Facades+ conference series.

With Resilience as this year's theme, the two-day event welcomes architects, engineers, developers, consultants, and all who are professionally involved in the design industry for a chance to form valuable professional connections, socialize with your peers, and learn something new from leading industry experts.

"The conference, symposium, and workshops will trace the history and evolution of facade design over the past five years, answer your questions about the performance, delivery and maintenance of sustainably built facades, and propose innovative design solutions to the dynamically changing environmental conditions we face today."

For registr...

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Don’t forget to register for the Facades+ Dallas conference!

Archinect - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:49
This post is brought to you by Facades+ Dallas.

The Facades+ conference series is only one week away from holding its first event in Dallas, Texas on October 30 and 31. If you haven't registered yet, now is the time!

Presented by The Architect’s Newspaper and Enclos, Facades+ Dallas is the ninth event in the ongoing Facades+ conference series.

With Resilience as this year's theme, the two-day event welcomes architects, engineers, developers, consultants, and all who are professionally involved in the design industry for a chance to form valuable professional connections, socialize with your peers, and learn something new from leading industry experts.

"The conference, symposium, and workshops will trace the history and evolution of facade design over the past five years, answer your questions about the performance, delivery and maintenance of sustainably built facades, and propose innovative design solutions to the dynamically changing environmental conditions we face today."

For registr...

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Actionable Cartographies

Archinect - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:27

Matt Knutzen performs a different kind of public service than Bruce Barrett of the School Construction Authority or Jeffrey Roth of the Fire Department of New York, two recent installments in our Profiles in Public Service series. He works at the New York Public Library, overseeing NYPL’s incomparable collection of maps, and looking for ways to turn items from the library’s vast catalogue into “actionable spatial data.”



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Secret mansion buyers hide behind LLCs

CNBC - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:24
The wealthy are cloaking their names when buying homes, raising unsolved mysteries surrounding some high-profile properties.

Bidder paying $3.2M for 6,000 Detroit foreclosures

CNBC - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:18
An auction in Motor City of around 6,000 foreclosed properties found an mystery bidder who has offered $3.2 million for the buy.

Including a Sheet File Name and Path

RevitOpEd - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:00
Ever since we started using computers to generate architectural and engineering drawings we've been inclined to provide a place on a title block to help people find the file. Sometimes it is just the file name and other times it is necessary to have both the file name and path to the folder it is in.

The path is useful to the team working on the files but if those files are passed along to someone else it may be meaningless to them, or confusing at the very least. The file name is useful to anyone who happens to be looking at the drawings as long as they are in a position to access the digital version of the file too.

In a Revit model, which usually contains all the sheets for a project, the file name doesn't have the same usefulness when compared to a file based system like AutoCAD. That's true unless you are printing multiple layouts from a single DWG file, then it's not all that different than Revit. When someone is looking at a printed sheet and sees the file name and path it doesn't help them find the digital version, like a PDF file for Sheet A100 for example, because the file name is the Revit model, not the resulting PDF export.

As such Revit misses the mark in helping us carrying on that tradition. Since there are a number of ways our sheets can end up as individual files it is hard for Revit to anticipate or provide a suitable way to plug in a unique value until the data is exported outside of Revit. I'm sure there are some things that they could do to help us with this but it hasn't happened yet.

Revit's API could be used to capture the sheet information and store a contrived file name in a parameter for each sheet. When we print or export we might end up with the correct file names matching the resulting files or bearing a slight difference. I don't recall an existing application that deals with this specifically but one might exist, like Xrev Tools for example.

If we forget limitations within Revit for the moment, since the output format of a set of documents is where the appropriate file data is really needed it might make sense to consider focusing on how we handle the output files instead, at least for now. For example, the company Bluebeam offers software to process, review, and markup PDF documents. It includes the ability to add custom headers and footers, which can be the file name (among other things). It can also Batch Process files to include the file name. The file path is another available choice to put in a header or footer so we can combine them if we want to include both.

If it is necessary to provide the specific file name (and path) for exports to DWG it is probably best to add it those files after exporting, this way they'll point to an actual file instead of the Revit project file. Again some customization could add the necessary fields pretty effectively.

It seems like post processing this information is probably as effective as trying to come up with a way to deal with it internally in Revit.
Categories: Revit/BIM

Morning News Roundup: Oct. 24, 2014

Architect: Most Recent News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:43
Blair Kamin reviews 1WTC, an interview with Snøhetta's Craig Dykers, and more news to wrap up the week.

Comments on September New Home Sales

Calculated Risk - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:31
The new home sales report for September was slightly above expectations at 467 thousand on a seasonally adjusted annual rate basis (SAAR).  With the downward revision to August sales, sales for September were at the the highest sales rate since July 2008.

Sales for the previous three months (June, July and August) were revised down.

Earlier: New Home Sales increased slightly to 467,000 Annual Rate in September

The Census Bureau reported that new home sales this year, through September, were 338,000, Not seasonally adjusted (NSA). That is up 2.4% from 330,000 during the same period of 2013 (NSA). Not much of a gain from last year.  Right now it looks like sales will barely be up this year (maybe 3% or so for the year).

Sales were up 17.0% year-over-year in September - however sales declined sharply in Q3 2013 as mortgage rates increased - so this was an easy comparison.  The comparisons for Q4 will be more difficult.

New Home Sales 2013 2014Click on graph for larger image.

This graph shows new home sales for 2013 and 2014 by month (Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate).

The year-over-year gain will probably be smaller in Q4, but I expect sales to be up for the quarter and for the year.

And here is another update to the "distressing gap" graph that I first started posting several years ago to show the emerging gap caused by distressed sales.  Now I'm looking for the gap to close over the next few years.

Distressing GapThe "distressing gap" graph shows existing home sales (left axis) and new home sales (right axis) through September 2014. This graph starts in 1994, but the relationship has been fairly steady back to the '60s.

Following the housing bubble and bust, the "distressing gap" appeared mostly because of distressed sales.

I expect existing home sales to mostly move sideways (distressed sales will continue to decline and be somewhat offset by more conventional / equity sales).  And I expect this gap to slowly close, mostly from an increase in new home sales.

Note: Existing home sales are counted when transactions are closed, and new home sales are counted when contracts are signed. So the timing of sales is different.

Art that floats: A TED Fellow plans an immersive experience on a boat

TED Blog - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:30
Constance Hockaday makes large-scale installations on open water. Identifying as a Chilean-American queer artist, Hockaday creates spaces that celebrate creative freedom and counterculture communities while defying gentrification. Take the Floating Peep Show — in which out-of-work drag queens and exotic dancers performed in the hulls of sailboats in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Now, Hockaday plans to turn a []
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Mark Lamster and the University of Texas Host the David Dillon Symposium in Dallas

Architect: Recent Features - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 08:49
1021_lamster_HERO The symposium on "Building the Just City" is the latest attempt by Lamster to broaden the discussion about design in Dallas

Mark Lamster and the University of Texas Host the David Dillon Symposium in Dallas

Architect: Architect Articles - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 08:49
1021_lamster_HERO The symposium on "Building the Just City" is the latest attempt by Lamster to broaden the discussion about design in Dallas

Across the Institute: In Denver, Istanbul, London, San Diego, and Savannah

Architect: Most Recent News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 08:48
1014z_AR_AIANOW-HERO.jpg Denver, Istanbul, London, San Diego, and Savannah.

Surfers Build a Beach House Powered by Surf

Architect: Most Recent News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 08:48
Architect Margot Krasojevics is building a house for South African surfers that will be partially powered by the waves they know well.

Surfers Build a Beach House Powered by Surf

Architect: Most Recent News - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 08:48
Architect Margot Krasojevics is building a house for South African surfers that will be partially powered by the waves they know well.

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