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The uphill climb to gender equity continues...

Archinect - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 14:39

Women are architecture's original rebels. Over 120 years ago, they insisted that architecture schools and professional organisations open their doors to women, arguing that the field would thrive (or wither) according to the diversity of its students and practitioners...And yet despite this long history of challenging architecture to be inclusive, women have been given little credit for their contributions.



Despina Stratigakos, historian and University of Buffalo architecture professor highlights in her Opinion article how women in architecture have challenged and continue to challenge the deep-rooted patriarchy in the field of architecture throughout the past century. Although there is a growing number of women who are studying architecture, holding leadership roles in schools and firms, and forming organizations, the same problems of gender inequality still exist to this day. Another question that remains: Is anyone even paying attention?

Related:

In Architecture, a Glass Ceiling

Phyllis Lambert named as 2014 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement recipient

Mecanoo’s Francine Houben named AJ Woman Architect of the Year 2014

Arab Women in Architecture Film

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Please Consider Donating to My Personal Hardship Campaign

Revit Add-ons - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 13:51

I consider myself very fortunate to have a blog that reaches so many people, and is ad-supported. If you find Revit Add-ons to be helpful in making your Revit life a little easier, please consider donating to my campaign on gofundme.

As you can read here, Revit Add-ons is one of the few bright spots in a long run of bad luck for me, and my personal hardship has recently grown to unexpected and unmanageable proportions.

Every little bit helps, and any help that Revit Add-ons readers can provide will be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you for your consideration.

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Categories: Revit/BIM

A few comments on the Seasonal Pattern for House Prices

Calculated Risk - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 13:45
• Starting this month, S&P is releasing the Case-Shiller National Index on a monthly basis. This probably means most reporting of a "headline number" will be switched from the Case-Shiller Composite 20 to the National Index.

• On a method to improve the seasonal factors, see Trulia chief economist Jed Kolko's article "Let’s Improve, Not Ignore, Seasonal Adjustment of Housing Data"

There has always been a clear seasonal pattern for house prices, but the seasonal differences have been more pronounced since the housing bust.

Even in normal times house prices tend to be stronger in the spring and early summer than in the fall and winter. Recently there has been a larger than normal seasonal pattern mostly because conventional sales are following the normal pattern (more sales in the spring and summer), but distressed sales (foreclosures and short sales) happen all year. So distressed sales have had a larger negative impact on prices in the fall and winter.

Note: I was one of several people to question the change in the seasonal factor (here is a post in 2009) - and this led to S&P Case-Shiller questioning the seasonal factor too (from April 2010).

House Prices month-to-month change NSA Click on graph for larger image.

This graph shows the month-to-month change in the CoreLogic and NSA Case-Shiller National index since 1987 (both through Jnue).   The seasonal pattern was smaller back in the '90s and early '00s, and increased since the bubble burst.

It appears we've already seen the strongest month this year (NSA) for both Case-Shiller NSA and CoreLogic.  This suggests both indexes will turn negative seasonally (NSA) earlier this year than the previous two years - perhaps in the August reports.

Case Shiller Seasonal FactorsThe second graph shows the seasonal factors for the Case-Shiller National index since 1987. The factors started to change near the peak of the bubble, and really increased during the bust.

It appears the seasonal factor has started to decrease, and I expect that over the next several years - as the percent of distressed sales declines further and recent history is included in the factors - the seasonal factors will move back towards more normal levels (Kolko's article has more on this).

The Revit Sundial Release Preview

Revit Add-ons - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 13:23
You've probably heard about Revit Sundial by now, the cloud-based, hosted release preview that "provides a sneak peek into potential future enhancements for architects and MEP and structural engineers. With more than 35 features and enhancements to try, the preview includes Solon integration for more personalized building performance analysis, sequencing for power circuits, and enhanced rebar tools."

You may have also read that this release preview heralded the return of the Inside the Factory blog, following an over 2 year hiatus.

To this point, thinking that Revit Sundial was simply a preview of Revit 2016 (!), I've been quite content to sit back and watch my esteemed blogger colleagues' post about Revit Sundial. What's especially interesting to me though is that when one clicks the What's New link on Inside the Factory, Revit 2015 Help is opened! What is then described is a "Revit 2015 Subscription Advantage" release, with Revit Sundial being a preview of features that are being considering for a future subscription release.

While I have no inside information on the matter, it seems that Autodesk subscription customers may be in store for a mid-model year Revit release. Alternatively, some features may be rolled out as subscription enhancements, which puts this topic in the purview of Revit Add-ons. Again though, I have nothing to base this on, other than what I've already stated.

Mark this one as developing, and stay tuned. :)

Useful Links:

Revit Sundial
What's New in Revit Sundial (AKA "What's New in Revit 2015 Subscription Advantage")
Inside the Factory (for Revit Sundial updates and information)

You might also be interested in: Project Solon: Building Performance Dashboards for Revit
Categories: Revit/BIM

e-Learning - Upcoming Revit Classes

Ideate - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 13:15
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Ideate - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 13:00
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Categories: Revit/BIM

How teachers can best use TED Talks in class, from the perspective of a student

TED Blog - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:02
By Olivia Cucinotta My high school English class had just finished reading Madame Bovary, and we were all confused. (For those of you who have not read it, please skip to paragraph two. Spoiler alert!) Emma Bovary, a listless housewife in search of the passionate love she’s read about in books, has many sordid affairs, []
Categories: Design Feeds

Scientists Develop Real Cheese That is 100% Vegan With Yeast!

Inhabitat - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:59

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