FormZ 5.0 Tutorial

Sunday, April 29, 2007


For some basic introduction and learning of formZ v5.0. It is not such a difficult program after all with some basic introduction from my collegue. to find out more...
Image via http://www.formz.com/products/formz/formzVideo_320.php?startMovie=formZ_intro_p1_320.flv

corea & Moran Arquitectura

Saturday, April 28, 2007

For your browsing pleasure. to find out more...

Leed

Thursday, April 26, 2007

"What is LEED®?
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, and indoor environmental quality.
LEED provides a roadmap for measuring and documenting success for every building type and phase of a building lifecycle. Specific LEED programs include:

New Commercial Construction and Major Renovation projects
Existing Building Operations and Maintenance
Commercial Interiors projects
Core and Shell Development projects
Homes
Neighborhood Development
Guidelines for Multiple Buildings and On-Campus Building Projects
LEED for Schools
LEED for Retail
USGBC is also developing LEED for Healthcare, and LEED for Labs.
We also have the
LEED Resources page which has informative PowerPoint presentations, brochures, and case studies, as well as LEED News and LEED-Online sample credit templates." to find out more...
Passage from http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CategoryID=19

Hudson Architects

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

"HUDSON Architects' Cedar House, a new-build private residence in Norfolk , pilots a new prototype for cost-effective new-build modern housing. It deploys innovative off-site construction, which simplifies the building process without compromising the architecture of the house.

The prefabricated timber panel floors designed in collaboration with Alan Conisbee Associates and off site construction specialists Framework CDM, are entirely cloaked in 15,000 untreated cedar shingles, a material which belies the prefabricated system beneath. The cedar reads as a dramatic sleek protective cloak, which sits harmoniously with its countryside surroundings. " to find out more...
Passage & Image from http://www.hudsonarchitects.co.uk/nel.htm

Moriyama House

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

"Ryue Nishizawa, occasionally of SANAA, has completed a house in the suburbs of Tokyo where every room of the house is a seperate building. Nishizawa - and his SANAA collaborator, Sejima - have explored the idea of fragmenting buildings into their constituent parts many times before, in their various housing studies and notably at the Kanazawa Museum of 21st Century Art.
The Moriyama House feels like the natural conclusion to these studies and presents a serious experiment on an alternate pattern of habitation."
to find out more...

Passage from http://www.gravestmor.com/wp/archives/2006/04/21/moriyama-house-ryue-nishizawa/

Image from http://www.flickr.com/photos/naoyafujii/108761597/in/set-72157600000354942/

Greenfield Residence

Monday, April 23, 2007

Greenfield residence review from land+living. to find out more...
Image from http://www.landliving.com/articles/0000001212.aspx

Patent registration in Malaysia

The Malaysia Intellectual Property Corporation (MyIPO) diagrams the patent application process as shown in beside image.

Tongji University 100th year's anniversary

Sunday, April 22, 2007

"An international urban management conference and a forum of innovation and sustainable development are scheduled in May to invite renowned Tongji alumni, experts and mayors of other major Chinese cities to issue a declaration of a sustainable development society." to find out more...
Tongji in wikipedia

Passage from http://www.china.org.cn/english/MATERIAL/195181.htm
Image from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tongji_University

Kappe + Du project work flow

"Program
+Meet with the key project individuals
+Familiarize ourselves with existing reports, zoning and code constraints
+Study existing drawings and evaluate existing cost data
+From this information, we then talk further with the client and the community to finalize the scope of the work, the site and building program
+We use Take-part workshops as a methodology for building group consensus for large projects
Schematic Design
+After the program is firmly established, we develop two or three schematic designs
+We hold discussions with individual clients, or staff and relevant decision-makers to determine the preferred scheme
+We have the capability to represent schematic ideas with drawings, diagrams, or three-dimensional models that communicate clearly
Budget
+Project budgeting begins early
+We establish the First Estimate of Probable Cost at the schematic design phase
+We recalculate and reconfirm the budget in later stages of the design work
Design Development + Design Review
+Design development takes place when you approve the schematic design
+Our consultant team produces their schematic designs
+We produce hard-line drawings to describe the size and character of your project
+We review a copy of the Design Review submittal package with you
+We represent you through the Design Review process, sometimes involving neighborhood or community meetings to explain the project and answer questions
Construction Documents
+The major portion of our work begins after we receive design review approval
+We produce detailed construction drawings and written specifications in coordination with consultants
+When work is 50% completed, we produce a cost estimate so that any necessary value engineering can occur, addressing any budget concerns
+Also at the 50% stage, there is a client/staff review of the construction documents
+At the 95% completed stage, we develop a final budget estimate along with the final client/staff review period
Bid
+We continue to assist you in the bid process
+Prepare and send out documents to builder's associations and contractors
+Work with you on a pre-qualified contractor list if this is desired
+Respond to questions, assisting you in administering the bid
+Once the bid is awarded, we hold a meeting with you, the contractor, and our team to agree on processes and goals for the construction phase
Construction
+During the construction phase, we answer requests for information, administer submittals, meet with you and the contractor on a regularly established basis
+We review change order requests and make payment recommendations to you
+We remain very detail-oriented during the construction phase, assuring that each project stays true to the design vision and remains cost-conscious, creating the optimal result for each job" to find out more...


This is a workflow of Kappe+Du architects in a turnkey project. A clear structure of your workflow reflecting the capability towards project management and project success. Some work introduced of living homes some time ago and blogged recently.


Passage from http://www.kappedu.com/projectworkflow.html
Image from http://www.kappedu.com/frankel.html#

Wendell Burnett Architects

Saturday, April 21, 2007


"The simple form of the building echoes the strong lines indicative of walled architecture in the Southwest. Small windows of "Jade Ice" are suspended on the east wall as fragmented reflections of the native desert garden landscape. The west fire wall sneaks in slivers of light through one-quarter-inch-thick clear plexi-glass panels set on edge in a random pattern within the vertical masonry head joints of the wall. The north end of the building terinates the east wall with a service tower that frames a wall opening where "the tree from sleepy hollow" lives. The exterior presence of a buildng in a garden engages the street with a quiet strength, with little or no indication of the volumetri structural envelope; wall, canopy and plinth. Elements of the program suspend within the space so as not to till it. The stair climb involves multiple turns, at once part of te vitrine, at another turn focusing on a cluster of 'liquid mercury' head joints, and a carefully placed sculpture. In the stair, east light glows through a thinly sliced piece of "Indian Onyx". The top of stair ends at the spring-point of a thirty-foot clear span cable-assisted bridge, which slightly ascends as a ramp past the library/conference area to the owner's office. " to find out more...


Passage & Image from http://www.wendellburnettearchitects.com/ studio for David Michael Miller Associates, Scottsdale, Arizona

Sebastian Mariscal Studio

Friday, April 20, 2007

An adorable studio with impressive work I wish to establish some time in the future. to find out more...
Image from http://www.sebastianmariscal.com

Perkins + Will

Thursday, April 19, 2007

"The dynamics of the Contemporaine begin at the entrance, which is literally carved out at the street corner. This engaging public space is highlighted by an impressive 45-foot column supporting the tower above.
Located on a corner lot in the downtown Chicago River North area, this 28-unit, 96,000 square foot condominium building includes a four-story retail and parking base below the 11-story residential tower. Tight site restrictions required innovative design solutions. The base of the building fills the entire lot yet achieves a pedestrian scale. Mirroring the tower above, the structure of the parking garage is exposed with floor-to-ceiling glass.
" to find out more...

Passage & Image from http://www.perkinswill.com/projects/project.aspx?id=79

sketchup effect

Monday, April 16, 2007

I was trying with different pen effects on the model. Do you know how easy it is to create a pen sketch drawing with sketchup? With different pen width, color, background effect and transparency with one click? It takes me at least 15mins to sketch something like this on site 5 years ago, now it only take seconds. After building a model in sketchup. You can have any view you want, any effect you prefer with seconds. And don't forget the ability to create animation in sketch~! Taking over Piranesi soon~!

sketchup 6 video tutorial

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Look at my latest work from google sketchup 6. Another method of having realistic pen sketch from computer generated 3d model. to find out more...

JBPM Jabatan Bomba dan Penyalamat Malaysia

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

This is a very useful website for fire escape requirement in Malaysia. to find out more...

EPFL Learning Center

Friday, April 06, 2007

Another cheese architecture from Japan Architects.
"In late 2004 Japan 's SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa) won the competition for Switzerland's Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) Learning Center, "a place where virtual and physical components combine to provide facilitated access to knowledge." Construction was slated to begin in January of this year, according to EPFL's web page on the project।" to find out more...

Passage from http://archidose.blogspot.com/2007/04/half-dose-33-epfl-learning-center.html

Image from http://learningcenter.epfl.ch/Jahia/site/learningcenter/op/edit/pid/56234

Jean Nouvel Hotel Puerta America

Hotel Puerta America features various interiors by famous architects & designers:-Zaha Hadid Architects / Jean Nouvel / Arata Isozaki / David Chipperfield / Norman Foster / John Pawson / Ron Arad / Richard Gluckman / Marc Newson / Plasma Studio / Mariscal & Salas / Attic / Kathryn Findlay / Victorio & Lucchino / Teresa Sapey / Christian Liaigre
to find out more...



Image from
http://www.designbuild-network.com/projects/puerta_america/puerta_america1.html

Trinity 3d

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Lots of 3d products and training material available from Trinity 3.
Well, no pay, no gain and no pain, no gain. to find out more...

The 505 from Collaborative Design Works

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

"The 505 sits near Houston's rejuvenated downtown on West Alabama Street। The Project is designed within the economic and market constraints of a speculative housing development and achieved financial success while also making responsible use of land, incorporating sustainable design principals, and possessing an Architectural identity." to find out more...
Image & Passage from http://collaborativedesignworks.com/projects.html

Ian Ritchie Architects

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

"Firm Philosophy - Each potential project is recognised as a unique opportunity. Each project isseen in its own context of time, place and people while responding ot the wider environment. We do not pre-empt the design of our projects with architectuarl styles or imagery. Design is informed by an investigative and creative approach based upon our own social , aesthetic and ecological values, those context and the required performance." to find out more...
Passage from http://www.ianritchiearchitects.co.uk/practice.html

Making of Raindrops

Monday, April 02, 2007


Amazing free tutorial sessions by Paco Morales.
Image from http://www.cgarena.com/freestuff/tutorials/autumnchallenge/raindrops/index.html

by Paco Morales, Mexico

Theory of Architecture

Sunday, April 01, 2007

"Not all industrial products are modern inventions. There are several types of artifacts that have been produced during generations. Accordingly, these products have also been the object of many studies and theories. The most notable example of these is the building. The art and science of architecture has been studied almost continuously during two millennia, and a great number of these treatises have been preserved until our day. " to find out more...
Passage from http://www2.uiah.fi/projects/metodi/135.htm
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