Autocad2008 tips & tricks

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A link to autocad2008 tips & tricks you can't afford to miss.
It is improvement everyday~!

"Getting to BIM – an implementation outlineThis featured article by Scott Hammond, technical marketing manager for structural engineering solutions at Autodesk, looks at the process of implementing BIM into a firm. The article provides an implementation plan outline, including beginning with a pilot project and a core BIM team at the onset of implementation.

Tips and Techniques
Tip 1: BIM Do's and Dont's – essential steps for successful implementation and common pitfalls to avoidThis quick checklist is put together by Beau Turner and Joe Eichenseer, 2 BIM professionals from the Avatech Building Solutions Group and regular contributors to Cadalyst.
Tip 2: More effective rendering using better lighting effectsThis handy tip was provided by Justin Taylor, a South African contributor to the AUGI User Forums and Revitup site.
Tip 3: Lynn Allen’s AutoCAD 2008 Tips & TricksExperience more speed, ease and accuracy than ever before with these insider Tips & Tricks from AutoCAD® guru Lynn Allen. This informational screencast will show you how to propel day-to-day drafting forward with intelligent tools and features, and get on the fast track to productivity and success! "
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Atelier Bow-Wow

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Find interesting work from Atelier Bow-Wow. The firm is established in the year 1992 by Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kaijima in Tokyo. Interesting article from archidose.
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Design Revolutionaries

Saturday, October 27, 2007

"This week, New York magazine and take a look at some of the city’s greatest designers. From Martha Stewart to renowned magazine creative director (and cK One bottle designer) Fabien Baron to graphic design team Massimo and Lella Vignelli (of subway signs and map fame), the feature covers the men and women who have changed the face of design. Read more at

Also, don’t miss New York’s list of 25 other key names to know in the design world, which can be found at"

Passage from Jill Weiskopf New York magazine

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Visual communication is important in architectural design. One picture speaks a million words. It is sometimes more convincing then what you say. take a look at company 39 and you might be wondering another career path after gaining your degree in architecture. to find out more...
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Thursday, October 25, 2007

"The planning and design of sustainable buildings demands the adoption of an extremely collaborative model work model. To get it right, the owner, architects, engineers, and consultants must gather around the table earlier and more often than they might ordinarily. Debate about decisions is typical. Maybe not everyone gets what they want every time. It’s a matter of trust and making the most of everyone’s talent."
"GreenSource wins FOLIO: magazine’s 2007 Ozzie Awards for “Best Design, New Magazine,” and “Best Overall Design” in the business-to-business category." to find out more...

Muji + infill

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

"Ryohin Keikaku Co.,Ltd. (株式会社良品計画, Kabushiki-gaisha Ryōhin Keikaku?) (TYO: 7453), or MUJI (無印良品, Mujirushi Ryōhin?) is a Japanese retail company which sells a wide variety of household goods. MUJI is distinguished by its design minimalism, emphasis on recycling, avoidance of waste in production and packaging, and no-logo policy. Products range from pens, notebooks, and clothing for men and women to food items and major kitchen appliances. Its primary business includes Café MUJI, Meal MUJI, MUJI Campsite, florist and home furnishing; the company has recently taken steps into housing construction."[1] to find out more...
MUJI House is a modular dwelling concept established in Japan. The layout in a MUJI House is adaptable to the change and requirement of a family growth. Some information from alatown
treehugger , mocoloco and translation site from MUJI
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Top 100 Architecture Blogs

Saturday, October 20, 2007

"If Modernism was the twentieth-century architectural trend that developed a new way of thinking, then Urbanism appears to be the twenty-first century architectural mindset. This trend is breeding urban explorers (urbex), the greening of major metropolitan areas, and a focus on merging habitats and commercial structures with politics, culture, history and the arts. Public discourse and scholarly research have found meeting grounds in this global landscape, and the results are evolving. But, this evolution has affected how individuals and partnerships present their materials on Weblogs and Photoblogs.To that end, we’re treating you to the top 100 bloggers who focus on everything from architectural news to urbanism and from the junction of design and technology to the landscape. While you won’t find blogs here that illustrate how to design a home or a business, you’ll discover plenty of dialogue, images, and ideas no matter if you’re an architect or a person who admires architecture. These blogs were chosen for frequently and recently updated blog entries, a focus on architecture, and for their attitudes and/or perspectives - no matter if they’re amateurs or professionals. Please note that the blog numbering is not meant to be a ranking, as each architecture topic is listed in alphabetical order with the listed blogs also listed in alphabetical order within that topic." to find out more...

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World's first toilet house to be built in Korea

Friday, October 19, 2007

"Guests will be able to rent the pan-shaped house to raise money for the Korea Toilet Assocation

Feeling flush? For only $50,000 (£24,000) you could spend a night in this toilet-shaped house in South Korea.

Sanitation activist Sim Jae Duck will unveil his $1.8m (£880,000) new home in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province next month as part of his campaign for cleaner loos worldwide.

Billed as “the world’s one and only toilet house”, the steel and concrete building features three deluxe bathrooms plus a showcase loo that produces a mist to protect users’ modesty." to find out more...

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Thursday, October 18, 2007

"The IAAC is an international centre of education and research that focuses on architecture understood as a discipline that encompasses different scales, ranging from territorial analysis, urban development, architectural projects and digital fabrications to informational environments.
Located in
Barcelona, one of the international capitals of Urbanism, the institution develops a multidisciplinary program that explores urban and international territorial phenomena, placing especial emphasis on the opportunities that emerges from developing countries and the cultural, economic and social values that architecture may contribute to society.
The IAAC offers a three-term
Master programme in Architecture and Urbanism jointly organized with the Fundació Politécnica de Catalunya and directed by Vicente Guallart, Willy Müller and Marta Malé-Alemany. The programme proposes an innovative format that allows the students to create their own academic agenda in an open structure of studios and seminars, based on territorial, urbanistic, architectural and parametrical approaches to design research." to find out more...

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Kisho Kurokawa Died

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

One of my very admired architect past away.
"TOKYO (AP) — Kisho Kurokawa, the Japanese architect who led the so-called "Metabolism Movement" and based his designs on themes including ecology and recycling, died Friday, a Tokyo hospital spokeswoman said. He was 73.
Kurokawa died of heart failure Friday morning, said Keiko Yamazaki, spokeswoman at the Tokyo Women's Medical University Hospital, where he was hospitalized Tuesday with an intestinal ailment.

Kurokawa, who made his world debut in 1960 at age 26, led a style known as the Metabolism Movement, advocating a shift from "machine principle" to "life principle" in his literally work and architectural designs based on themes including ecology, recycling and intermediate space.
His major works include the National Ethnological Museum in Tokyo, the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia that encompasses palm trees and rain forest, the National Art Center in Tokyo's posh Roppongi that looks like a wavy curtain, as well as the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam." to find more...
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Arch Maaik

Remember Maaik? He now had established a portal, a community for architects and people working in the building industry. to find out more...
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40 Mercer Soho

After 40Bond with Herzog & de Meuron there is 40Mercer by Jean Nouvel. Is 40 a good number in the West or a marketing strategy after 40bond? I would prefer 38/48/68/88/108, as anything comes with 8 is good number. to find out more...
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Starchitect Branding and the Cost of "Effortless Living"

"...Highly refined, with elegant shadow boxes and a dynamic play of solid and void between glass and thick whitened concrete floor plates, the Perry Street complex, in its aestheitc purity, suffers when the dwellings are actually occupied. ...."
"...The painful question is: are these social constructs in any way compatible with modern architecture's essentially utopian foundations, and are these starchitects — at least those truly capable of imaging new modes of living for all classes — creating and contributing to a lifestyle that they themselves admire? ..." to find out more...
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e² energy

Sunday, October 14, 2007

" 'e² energy' narrated by Morgan Freeman features: Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of Grameen Bank; Amory Lovins, founder of the Rocky Mountain Institute; Dr. José Goldemberg, Brazil’s former secretary for the environment; Tim Pawlenty, governor of Minnesota; Brian Schweitzer, governor of Montana; Samuel Bodman, the U.S. secretary of energy; and Jeffery Sachs, economist and Columbia University professor.“e² design” narrated by Brad Pitt features: Thom Mayne, architect of the new San Francisco Federal Building; Enrique Peñalosa, the former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia; Jonathan Rose, a New York-based affordable housing developer; Adriaan Geuze, the lead architect of the Borneo Sporenburg development in Amsterdam; Ed Mazria, architect and founder of the Architecture 2030 organization; and His Holiness the Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa, the Buddhist spiritual leader who commissioned the architecture firm Arup to build a sustainable school in Ladakh, India." to find out more...
Passage & Image from e2 Series Outreach
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Feng Shui Wall Paper

Friday, October 12, 2007

I had created a desktop wall paper beside. Just right click to save, if you like it. Feng Shui is a knowledge of ancient Chinese's practice of environment studies and psychological approach towards architectural and interior design. It emphasises on balances. Some basic facts from feng shui~ staircase is actually an element that breaks the air flow coming from the entrance. Staircase should be hidden in feng shui's point of view. If you can see the staircase from the entrance, you will tends to have a busy live. Believe it or not? From my own analysis~ when the airflow are in a chaotic form, the environment affects your emotions. Never let your waste pipes and soil pipe cross undernearth your cooking area to avoid cancer. Never let sharp corners faces your house. Never buy houses situated at junctions facing directly at a coming road. Now, I understand why Honeycomb houses are in conflict with feng shui. It is because of its odd shape configuration. Chinese would always prefer a rectangular site then a site with sharp corners. It represents harmony, a whole, and no choatic form. Chinese emphases on sequence and order. If I am pursuing a master in architecture, feng shui would definitely be my field of interest.

Mapping Malaysia

Thursday, October 11, 2007

"Malaysia covers an area of about 329,758 square kilometers, consisting of 11 states and a federal territory in Peninsular Malaysia and 2 states and a federal territory in the north-western area of the Borneo Island. The two regions are separated by about 540 km. by the South China Sea. Peninsular Malaysia, covering 131,598 sq. km. has its frontiers with Thailand and Singapore while the states in Borneo Island covering 198,160 sq. km., borders the territory of Indonesia's Kalimantan to the South and The Philippines to the North.
Malaysia lies close to the equator between latitudes of 1° and 7°N and longitudes of 100° and 119°E and consists of the following states: Perlis, Kedah, Pulau Pinang (Penang), Perak, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka (Malacca), Johor (Johore), Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, and Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur (Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur) in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak in Borneo Island and the Wilayah Persekutuan Labuan (Federal Territory of Labuan), an island situated off the west coast of Sabah. " to find out more...
You can find useful information and links for authority submission purposes in Malaysia. It would be useful if you are searching for key plans, location plans and site plans, save the hassle going to DBKL.
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E-daden Feng Shui

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

"In ancient times as well as today, Feng shui, Literally means 'Air and Water' and is pronounced in English as [fʊŋ'ʃweɪ] ("fung shway"), was known as "Kan-Yu" which means 'The Law of Heaven and Earth.’ [1] Today's Feng Shui schools teach that it is the ancient Chinese practice of placement and arrangement of space to achieve harmony with the environment. Feng shui literally translates as "wind-water." This is a cultural shorthand taken from the following passage of the Zhangshu (Book of Burial) by Guo Pu of the Jin Dynasty:[2]
qi that rides the wind stops at the boundary of water.[3]
Feng shui is a discipline with guidelines that are compatible with many techniques of architectural planning as well as internal furniture arrangements. Space, weather, astronomy, and geomagnetism are basic components of feng shui. Proponents claim that feng shui has an effect on health, wealth, and personal relationships
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One of my relative had introduce feng shui to me. to find out more...

Warren and Mahoney

Thursday, October 04, 2007

"Warren and Mahoney believes enduring quality requires cross-pollination between design disciplines. We integrate the disciplines of architecture, interior design and urban design to create enduring and sustainable New Zealand environments." to find out more...
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Steven Holl Architects’ completes interior project for NYU Department of Philosophy in New York City

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

"New York City, October 2nd 2007 — With the opening of the new academic year, Steven Holl Architects has completed renovation of the interiors of an 1890 building at 3-5 Washington Place for the Department of Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts & Science at New York University (NYU). Originally located in the Silver building, a mixed use facility for classrooms and academic departments, the Department of Philosophy is now consolidated new presence in both the city and on campus." to find out more...

Passage from Frank Lentini

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Web Design Inspiration

Monday, October 01, 2007

"Most web designers look to the usual resources for inspiration: web design portfolios, social media sites and CSS galleries. But what happens when you do that? You get a site that looks just like everyone else’s.
Check out these resources that inspire you to build a website that separates itself from the pack."to find out more...

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