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
Thursday, April 26, 2007
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
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
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
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
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
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/
Monday, April 23, 2007
Image from http://www.landliving.com/articles/0000001212.aspx
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Tongji in wikipedia
Passage from http://www.china.org.cn/english/MATERIAL/195181.htm
Image from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tongji_University
+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
+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
+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
+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
+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
+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.
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
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
Monday, April 16, 2007
Friday, April 06, 2007
"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
to find out more...
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Image & Passage from http://collaborativedesignworks.com/projects.html
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Passage from http://www.ianritchiearchitects.co.uk/practice.html
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
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Passage from http://www2.uiah.fi/projects/metodi/135.htm