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How do I become … a Legoland modeller

Archinect - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:25

When David Fautley takes his work home with him his children don't complain – they join in, because Fautley is a Lego modeller. "We did Dortmund football stadium in Germany last January which needed 3,000 mini-figures, so I had the boys and five of their friends come round for three nights after school to complete it. With slices of pizza going round, you can imagine they thought it was fantastic."



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Navisworks 2015: Autodesk 360 Rendering

Ideate - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 11:00
Autodesk 360 rendering is now available for Navsiworks 2015, as shown in this sample file from Ideate Inc. Rendering options in the cloud are faster and offer new types of output – interactive panoramas and color-coded illuminance (lux or foot-candles).

Viewpoints, with daylight or interior lights, can be rendered “on the cloud” and files stored and reviewed on the Render Gallery. You no longer have to wait for Navisworks to complete a rendering. Submit a view and continue to work. Images can also be downloaded if you need local copies.



This image was processed in two minutes. All materials and lights in the Navisworks file were imported with a Revit model. It took 7 minutes to produce the same view as an interactive panorama, where you can interactively look around in room.



This image was processed in seven minutes. All surfaces are color-coded to show lighting levels.


Check out the video: Navisworks 2015: Autodesk 360 Rendering

Also, for information on training and consulting for the various products Ideate services, visit our website at www.ideateinc.com

Don’t forget to look through other great features our Ideate Technical Team has found in the new 2015 releases for Navisworks, Revit MEP, Revit Structure, Revit Architecture, AutoCAD and more: ideateinc.com/2015

Jim Cowan
Ideate AEC Application Specialist

Jim Cowan’s extensive AEC design industry experience and Autodesk design solutions expertise have made him a sought after university curriculum developer, instructor and presenter. Jim’s areas of expertise include interoperability between solutions and overcoming barriers to the adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM). Educated in Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot-Watt University and in Landscape Architecture at University of Manitoba, Jim has special focus on sustainability issues: daylight analysis, sun studies, lighting analysis, modeling buildings and conceptual energy modeling (models with shading devices). YouTube Channel: MrJimCowan

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GreenSpec Introduces Faster, Deeper Search

BuildingGreen.com - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:55
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Tristan Roberts
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GreenSpec Insights
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BuildingGreen's Top Stories

BuildingGreen is bringing its members changes to the industry-leading GreenSpec tool, making it easier on the eyes and faster to find products.

On April 19, BuildingGreen, Inc. rolled out a new GreenSpec tool to its members that has a new design and makes it easier and faster to quickly find greenest-of-the-green products for your project.

Things you love that we didn’t change

GreenSpec will continue to be offered to BuildingGreen members as an integral part of our website. Here are some other things about it that aren’t changing:

  • More than 2,600 product listings (with more added every day, and outdated or sub-par products weeded out) from more than 1,900 manufacturers.
  • Listings screened to the highest achievable benchmark in every key building product category—from windows to insulation, from paints to toilets, from flooring to ICFs.
  • We tell you why a product is green with our Green Attributes and measurable criteria.

What’s new and improved

Now for what we’ve improved on.

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Sou Fujimoto discusses limbo, dichotomies and nature in his architecture

Archinect - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:47

This past Tuesday, The Architectural League of New York hosted a lecture at Cooper Union by architect Sou Fujimoto, entitled “Between Nature and Architecture”. Despite the great number of practitioners and students in attendance (almost a full-house), the event felt more like an intimate conversation with the architect, as he shared his unique brand of architectural investigation. Each project he presented helped substantiate his lifelong interest in blurring the boundaries of established architectural conceptions. Fujimoto explained that he is inspired by dissolving such falsely dichotomous themes as: nature and architecture, the house and the city, complexity and simplicity, or inside and outside, in order to examine the new possibilities that exist “in between.”

The lecture progressed rather linearly, tracing his practice's themes from their conceptual foundation in his “younger ideas” through to their mature forms. As he talked us through some of his earliest conceptual sketches,...

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Winning designs of Cambodian Sustainable Housing competition now built

Archinect - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:45

It's a well-known fact that a safe and comfortable home is essential to one's well-being. From Building Trust International's 2013 "The Future of Sustainable Housing in Cambodia" competition, over 600 registered entrants proposed sustainable housing solutions for low-income families in Cambodia. The jury -- which also comprised of the families who moved into their new homes -- chose 3 joint-winning designs recently constructed in Phnom Penh.



The winners are:

Courtyard House by Jess Lumley & Alexander Koller (UK)


Open Embrace by Keith Greenwald and Lisa Ekle (USA)



Wet + Dry House by Mary Ann Jackson, Ralph Green, Muhammad Kamil & Nick Shearman of Visionary Design Development Pty Ltd. (Australia)



More details on Bustler.

Also check out our recent feature of Building Trust International's "Moved to Care" competition results.

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An American Home or Business Goes Solar Every Four Minutes!

Inhabitat - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:30

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Buried at the very bottom of a fact sheet released at yesterday’s White House Solar Summit is a striking statistic: “Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar, supporting workers whose jobs can’t be outsourced.” Since President Obama was first elected in 2008, installed solar power capacity in the United States has risen rapidly from 1.2 gigawatts (GW) to an estimated 13 GW in 2014 — a nearly eleven fold increase, which is enough renewable electricity to power more than 2.2 million American homes. At the summit, the U.S. Department of Energy announced a $15 million program to help state, local and tribal governments build solar panels to continue the solar boom in the U.S.

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Exit Reviews and the Final MArch Semester

Archinect - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:09

Welcome back everyone. Here at Knowlton the culmination of Master of Architecture program is the Exit Review, seems intimidating right? Well yes, but also incredibly useful. Materially the Exit Review is a 30-45 minute public presentation about a topic of our choosing. What makes the process unique and also incredibly useful is its focus as a Launchpad vs an ending; ‘starting review’ might perhaps be more appropriate. And yes it is unique, Harry Cobb said so himself this week during the five finalist presentations. To quote from Stephen Turk, the Graduate Studies Chair and Exit Review Coordinator…

“Whereas the majority of Architecture programs have some version of a design thesis as the culminating event of their MArch sequence, the KSA has the Exit Review system. Compared to a design thesis, which typically centers on a student’s ability to synthesize their acquired design and technical abilities into a ‘comprehensive’ design solution, the Exit Review is a public presentation of a s...

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UNICEF’s Clever LEGO-Inspired Bricks Provide Food, Water, and Shelter to Disaster Victims

Inhabitat - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 10:00

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Providing food and shelter to victims of a natural disaster is one of the first priorities for emergency services, but the process can often generate a lot of unnecessary waste. To help tackle this problem, UNICEF has developed an amazing reusable LEGO-inspired brick that doubles as a food storage container and a building material, addressing multiple needs in one fell swoop. Read on to see more pictures of this clever object designed by Psychic Factory!

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A Map of all the Places in the U.S. Where Nobody Lives

Architect: Most Recent News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:58
Using data from the 2010 U.S. census, Nik Freeman shades green the nearly 5 million census blocks with zero population. The resulting map highlights the 47 percent of the U.S. that remains unoccupied.

7 Economic Charts of the Week You Really Should See

Architect: Most Recent News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:58
Jobs, inflation, deflation, capacity, retail sales, and more.

Can A Cup Of Coffee Make Workers Less Likely To Lie?

Architect: Most Recent News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:58
A new study from the Journal of Applied Psychology says that coffee helps sleep-deprived workers resist social pressure to act unethically.

Quirky & Playful Stackable Furniture That Transforms Into A Shelf Or Cabinet

Architect: Most Recent News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:58
Made of plywood and finished with a matte lacquer, the 'ROOM Collection Furniture System' consists of 25 stackable wooden blocks and a low table that can be easily assembled to form a long shelf or a tall cabinet.

The Sluggish Recovery for U.S. Heavy Truck Sales

Calculated Risk - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:25
Just a quick graph ... heavy truck sales really collapsed during the recession, falling to a low of 181 thousand in April 2009 on a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) from a peak of 555 thousand in February 2006.  

Sales doubled from the recession low by April 2012 - and have mostly moved sideways since then.

Heavy Truck Sales
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This graph shows heavy truck sales since 1967 using data from the BEA. The dashed line is current estimated sales rate.

As construction - both residential and commercial - picks up, heavy truck sales will probably increase further.


FF: Access Panel Hold-Open

I Dig Hardware - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:11
Here is yet another creative Fixed-it Friday method of holding open what I strongly suspect is a fire door based on the wire glass. If anyone has come up with a good process for educating custodians or other maintenance personnel about fire doors, I'm all ears!
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Screen/Print #13: One:Twelve's "Black and White"

Archinect - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:10

One:Twelve, the student-run journal from the Knowlton School of Architecture, is both a collaborative and expansive effort. Jointly managed across the school’s architecture, landscape architecture, and city planning departments, the journal's content is culled from Knowlton and beyond, with writing from other universities, disciplines and professions.

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The Restoration of Buckminster Fuller's Dome Home Kicks Off Saturday

Architect: Most Recent News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:09
0418_BuckminsterFullerDome_00_HERO The project's first phase will focus on the exterior and geometry of the geodesic dome in Carbondale, Ill.

You found a planet!: Robert Simpson crowdsources scientific research and accelerates discovery at Zooniverse

TED Blog - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:04
  Scientific research is generating far more data than the average researcher can get through. Meanwhile, modern computing has yet to catch up with the superior discernment of the human eye. The solution? Enlist the help of citizen scientists. British astronomer and web developer Robert Simpson is part of the online platform Zooniverse, which lets more than one […]
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