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Preliminary View: Example Rhino Model

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(Preliminary image – this version does not show all A,S,C development or MEP blocks yet)

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March 4, 2021 at 6:14 pm

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HOW TO LABEL YOUR POSTS for high-rise project

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…….FOR THE REST OF THE SEMESTER:
PLEASE USE THE FOLLOWING PREFIXES BEFORE ALL OF YOUR POST TITLES:
[A] = Posts of work done only by the Architecture team-mate.
[S] = Posts of work done only by the Structure team-mate
[C] = Posts of work done only by the Climate team-mate
[Group] = Posts of work done by the entire Group or end-results shared by the entire Group
(ex: full Appendix of city research, Amenity List, etc.)

COMING NEXT: SKETCH AND CAD EXAMPLES FROM GB & MJ
Maarten and I are working along-side with you, to develop our own high-rise design for the semester. We are doing this as an instruction tool – to provide sketches and CAD images that will show you a good step-by-step process that you can follow. Please follow along with us and create similar posts, but add more posts as needed to show your work. Whatever you do, be sure to post your individual progress regularly. Keep a full record of images, decisions and development on your individual blogs.

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Written by Gregory Brooks

February 28, 2021 at 10:22 pm

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Massing Example

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Next steps:
1. Finalize Massing Model in Rhino, approve with GB
(Wed24Feb, Thurs25Feb)
See this sketch for floor to floor heights

2. Solve the ArchE program, similar to example by GB
Street Level example
– Other plans (coming soon)
(Finish plan sketches by mid-week next week Wed3March)
Produce hand sketches, tracing paper
Approve with GB

3. Build the colored blocks Rhino model
See general High-rise Program assignment here.
(by beginning of following week Mon8March)

4. Produce your groups Rhino book of images.
(by end of week Fri12March – before Spring Break begins).
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Written by Maarten

February 24, 2021 at 4:01 pm

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2021 Winter Storm

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Wow. What a week. Power out, freezing temps, water and food shortage.
Hoping you are all ok.
Looking forward to seeing you back in class Wednesday, Thursday. (24, 25 Feb)
-GB

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Written by Gregory Brooks

February 22, 2021 at 6:00 pm

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UTSOA Spring 2021 Lecture Series

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Every semester, the UTSOA works to bring in lecturers from the architecture world (just as we bring in lecturers from the engineering world). Usually these are practicing architects or theorists who are producing relevant, lauded, or groundbreaking work. The schedule for this year is posted (click the poster to go to the UTSOA web page).

The lectures are livestreamed on YouTube, and posted here shortly after. Before each one, I get a chance to ask the lecturers a few questions. Those interviews are recorded and listed in the same playlist. I encourage you to at least check out the work that these lecturers are doing.

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February 9, 2021 at 7:31 pm

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Block 185 lecture (recording)

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For those who were not able to get in the room 2 weeks ago –

To access video:

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/K2ORce20mIomAD60MXBj6WlrZMRA-C950yHuUFtFZCdwhu6Hvkrjj7YLMfEm8xCH.ZMrYFpROleqAn9Nx

Passcode: $XAG9@x7

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Written by Gregory Brooks

February 5, 2021 at 9:17 pm

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Supplies for next week: Sketching to scale

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February 5, 2021 at 6:04 pm

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Affordable mid-rise, high-rise examples

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From our speaker last week, Arlene Ellwood:
( Thank you Arlene ! )

…here’s a few interesting affordable mid/high rises as promised:

  • Avenue South Residences, ADDP Architects (Singapore) – housing units are prefabbed and then stacked together
  • Richardson Apartments, David Baker Architects (San Francisco) – similar programing to Community First Village but stacked into one building instead of 51 acres
  • Bosco Verticale, Stefano Boeri (Milan) – not sure how affordable this one ended up, but it’s still a favorite
  • Pedregulho, Alfonso Reidy (Rio de Janeiro) – another favorite for its public spaces and strong forms
  • Narkomfin Building, Ginzburg (Moscow) – a classic, although of course the split levels are tricky with accessibility
  • Lots of projects by MVRDV – not necessarily affordable but they usually have a strong community emphasis in their residential projects (Qianhai Cast is one that caught my eye on Instagram)

And not a high rise, but I do think Aravena’s “half a house” concept could have some interesting applications at the high-rise scale.
These are just some that are at the top of my head and I know I am probably forgetting some important ones. If you are really looking to dive deep I bet Martin Haettasch would be the person to ask – his housing case study knowledge is very extensive. I’m excited to see what your students come up with this semester!
Arlene

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Written by Gregory Brooks

February 2, 2021 at 11:32 pm

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TTh Groups and Pin Up Spaces (Sp21)

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City
(Architecture, Climate, Structure)

Berlin
Jackie, Austin, Tahiya

Buenos Aires
Scott, Matthew

Hong Kong
Ryan, Tessa, Adam

Honolulu
Thomas, Jaime, Lucia

Istanbul
Zach, Alyssa, Carter

Mexico City
Paolo, Morgan, Jack R

Sao Paolo
Lily, Sahil, Grayson

Toronto
Anna Louise, Ben, Cameron

Written by Maarten

February 2, 2021 at 7:48 pm

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MWF Groups and Pin Up Spaces (Sp21)

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City
(Architecture, Climate, Structure)

Berlin
EveLeonard, Tanxing

Buenos Aires
Huynh, Ainara, Rahul

Chicago
Nate, Lauren, Ashley

Hong Kong
Cesar, Rachel, Domanique

Honolulu
Hillary, Jag, Luis

Istanbul
Rylan, May, Neve

Mexico City
Sam, AJ

New York City
Thomas, Phong, Shailey

Sao Paolo
Kimberlee, Jack G, Alec

Toronto
Collin, Liv

Written by Maarten

February 2, 2021 at 7:38 pm

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Save the Date ! Your upcoming presentation in class – AEWMap

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Written by Gregory Brooks

February 1, 2021 at 7:37 pm

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International City Research (Appendix)

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(For your semester project book Appendix)

INTERNATIONAL CITY ANALYSIS

Assignment:
Divide work in your group and prepare an 11×17 horizontal-format report for your Appendix.  Reminder:  use images, small font (Arial 10) and concise statements (no stories).

– Location  maps at 3 levels of zoom:  Globe, Country, immediate region.
– History of Region/Culture: Look for ideas about passive heating and cooling if available.

– Transportation analysis.  Try to find out or estimate % of population uses:  cars, bikes, bus, train, etc.

– Examples of high-rise residential and other high-rise in your city.

– List of possible good views from the city urban center.  Show on map. NORTH is UP please.
– Earthquake Risk (High, Med, Low, None)
– Soil Conditions (sand? rock? good soil?).  Estimate frost depth.
– Solar Altitude/Azimuth Analysis: provide Winter and Summer Solstice and Equinox numbers.  Also: find # sunny days per year or equivalent info.
Determine solar power potential (High / Med / Low)
– Annual Wind Patterns (Wind Rose) / Storm Risk / History of Storms / Max. wind speeds
– Annual Temperature Patterns and Humidity Percentages.
– Annual Rainfall Pattern and Quantity / Flooding Risk / History of Flooding
– Source(s) of Electricity?  Cost/KWH for local Energy (convert to USDollars if needed).
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Written by Gregory Brooks

January 30, 2021 at 8:19 pm

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AEWMap – ‘Public display name’

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When you are logged in to WordPress.com, please EDIT your Public display name to be your First Last name, thank you.
Click on the small profile circle photo/icon on top right of browser page or go to WP Admin > Users > My Profile.

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Written by Gregory Brooks

January 28, 2021 at 10:24 pm

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Video series – Research/Writing an AEWorldMap entry

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Click on the image below to watch this video series. Use the fast-forward arrows to skip between the 3 topics:
1. Analysis of AEWorldMap entry – details of why it is made to work/look the way it does.
2. How to research a project (importance of making a folder of images and document with all notes).
3. How to make a post on AEWorldMap .

Note: In video 2, at 1:50 in, you can see where to find the MSWord folder/file that you can download as a research example.

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Written by Gregory Brooks

January 27, 2021 at 7:07 pm

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Butler Park visit – Parking & map

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BUTLER PARK VISIT (OPTIONAL – NOT REQUIRED)
See Canvas-email for more details (sending in next few minutes).

CAR-PARKING NOTE:
If you are arriving by car, free parking is available in the Palmer Events Parking Structure > entrance is off of Barton Springs Road across from Terry BLACK’S BBQ.

Prof. Brooks will be in the vicinity of the open space (East of the new playground, South of the hill-summit).

Covid-19 precautions must be followed.
Prof. Brooks recommends:
– Masks are required at all times.
– Maintain a MINIMUM of 8 to 10′ from each other at all times. (Including when walking together or sitting).
– Bring hand sanitizer. If you do not have with you, Prof. Brooks will have sanitizer available.

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Written by Gregory Brooks

January 25, 2021 at 3:41 pm

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Welcome Back ! Spring 2021

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Welcome back everyone – I’m excited to start our Intro to Design 2 studio together.

To see the Course Syllabus click to download here.

For quick access to the Course Calendar click here.

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Written by Gregory Brooks

January 19, 2021 at 10:26 pm

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MWF Groups and Pin Up Spaces

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Group 1

Carter, Thomas, Morgan


Group 2

Jag, Alyssa

Cesar, Kimberlee


Group 3

Rachel, Ashley

Sam, AJ


Group 4

May, Rahul

Lauren, Domanique


Group 5

Leonard, Phong

Collin, Rylan


Group 6

Eve, Shailey

John, Cameron


Group 7

Hillary, Ben

Karlo, Liv


(Names link to pin up spaces)

Written by Maarten

December 10, 2020 at 5:24 pm

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TTh Groups and Pin Up Spaces

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Group 1

Nate, Huynh

Neve, Tanxing


Group 2

Ainara, Jaime

Tessa, Ryan


Group 3

Paolo, Alec

Lily, Scott


Group 4

Lucia, Grayson

Adam, Thomas


Group 5

Jackie, Jack

Sahil, Austin


Group 6

Matthew, Arturo, Luis

Tahiya, Zach


(Names link to pin up spaces)

Written by Maarten

December 9, 2020 at 7:14 pm

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Instructions for turning in Semester Project drawings.

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Due Monday 7 Dec by 5pm:

  1. Exploded View
  2. Compressed View – A
    This is the same view angle as the exploded view, but re-assembled into one image.
    PLEAST TURN ON YOUR CITY-MODEL FOR THIS VIEW ONLY.
  3. Compressed View – B
  4. Section Perspective

TURN DRAWINGS IN AT 2 LOCATIONS:
1. Upload to Prof. Brooks’ shared GDrive folder.
See your email for the link.
SEE README FILE FOR HOW TO NAME YOUR DRAWINGS.

2. Also make a post in your PIN-UP-SPACE, titled: Final Semester Drawings

IF you want to show any ADDITIONAL drawings that you are making for your own use:
Please make a SEPARATE post in your Pin-up-space.

Thank you to everyone for your hard work and dedication to the studio.
See you in January !
-GB

Written by Gregory Brooks

December 7, 2020 at 4:00 pm

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Nov 21: MFA-Houston Kinder Building opens !

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(click on image for more info)

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November 20, 2020 at 3:14 pm

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Preview of coming attractions…

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Here’s a peek at where we will be before Thanksgiving Break –
(thank you to Maarten!)

Written by Gregory Brooks

November 14, 2020 at 10:55 pm

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Thurs 12 November CAEE Industry Open House – please attend ! (1-5pm)

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Some great firms attending, and coming to only visit with CAEE students !

Click on this image for more information and to register

List of firms:

Structural Engineering Associates, Inc.

HALFF Associates

CP&Y

Walter P Moore

Austin Commercial

Datum Engineers

Linbeck Group, LLC

Maria

KPFF Consulting Engineers

HDR

City of Austin Watershed Protection Dept.

City of Austin, Public Works Department

Written by Gregory Brooks

November 11, 2020 at 9:12 pm

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Architecture Master Prize winners ! Very inspiring projects. – View here:

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October 28, 2020 at 9:24 pm

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Calendar for week 9

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This week (starting Mon 19 October):

Mon/Tues GB lecture: Structural lay-out and modeling tips

First 1/2 week:
– Sketch your structural plans, visit w/GB for structure questions.
– Watch Maarten’s Revit tutorials (quick-link here)
– Import your Rhino mass into Revit
– Build Revit architecture exterior walls and interior floors first.
(Recommended: build walls for elevators, firestairs and any major interior space divisions for reference).

Second 1/2 week:
– Model your structure in Rhino. Be sure to BUILD ALL CONCRETE ELEMENTS before you build any steel elements.
(note: Maarten will be available for Revit questions W,Th,F).

Deadlines / due-dates:
1. End-of-week
Plan your work to be finished with your Revit model by the end of the week. Produce a standard ViewA and View B and post on your Pin Up Space (NO context model in this view).
2. By Monday morning 26 October:
Turn in a one-page presentation with 2 images:
– ViewA image of your Rhino model in context model (neighboring buildings).
ViewA image of your Structural model in context model. Deposit into Prof. Brooks shared folder, for him to share with class (exhibit/celebration Mon/Tues beginning of class). Link to shared folder will be sent in Canvas email.

Next week:
Lateral structural systems. Lecture, sketching and modeling.

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Written by Gregory Brooks

October 19, 2020 at 4:01 pm

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BCI textbook paperback options

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For those who have not yet purchased a physical copy of BCI, and would like a physical copy – consider buying a used version.

Building Construction Illustrated

NEW / LATEST EDITION (not required)
Just released: BCI 6th edition (here is link to buy on Amazon).

OLDER EDITIONS (recommended)
Previous editions – 4th, 5th editions are all very similar and available as low as $5. Even a 3rd edition is fine –
(here is a link to many options on EBay)

Building Construction Illustrated
Building Construction Illustrated by Francis D. Ching, Francis D. K. Architect

Building Construction Illustrated, Adams, Cassandra, Ching, Francis D. K., Good

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Written by Gregory Brooks

October 19, 2020 at 3:38 pm

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Checklist for Rhino deadline

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Hi all. This goal for this week is to finish our basic Rhino model and create a simple, standardized presentation. Please see Maarten’s latest tutorial titled ‘Documentation in Rhino’ (link here)

Here’s a checklist of what I consider to be a complete 3D Rhino model:

– Final building masses.
– Show 1st-floor porches (one to protect main entry to your program, one large one to act as Park Lobby).
– Show any other porches (ie: covered area at rooftop Park, or any porches above 1st floor in your program).
– Show columns for your porches. Max span 30′, 40′, 60′ between columns, but less can be much better – 20′ between is great too…
– Minimum 2 firestairs that are shared between the rooftop Park and your building program.
– Cooling towers should be modeled as simple boxes in a dedicated fenced in enclosure (10′ fence) open to the sky.
– Differentiate between what is exterior wall and what is window. Perhaps shade or color the window areas subtly.
– Show Louvers on windows, appropriate to your climate.
– Add a 42″ tall railing (solid wall is fine) at all edges of rooftop park or above-ground porches to keep people from falling.
– Show your 3 park elevators going to the roof.
– Show your freight elevator going to the roof. good to have access to the cooling towers by the way…
– Show your program elevators (likely 3 minimum, different group of elevators than the park elevators!). These will show up in your 1st floor PLAN>

1st Floor Plan Diagram
Show and LABEL (10pt. Arial font):
– Porches
– Lobby to your program
– Elevators (including freight elevator)
– Fire Stairs
– Loading / Trash
– A note if needed for anything special going on in a courtyard, entry garden, etc. (reflecting pool? forest? plaza? cafe seating?)
– Any special note for a space on 1st floor not mentioned yet.
REMEMBER: NORTH IS ALWAYS UP IN PLAN


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Written by Gregory Brooks

October 7, 2020 at 1:54 am

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From UT: a reminder

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Written by Gregory Brooks

September 10, 2020 at 8:54 pm

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To do list from this week

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  1. Prof. Brooks sketches from our discussions this week can be found here
    (link).
  2. Videos on design diagramming / concept-thinking to watch:
    videos 1,2 (30x40series)
    video 3 (15min. w/BIG)
  3. Remember to please SCOUR the web to find a list of videos that you like of architects speaking about how they design. We will collect these in a shared document (link) to share with each other.
  4. All students should be:
    – Finalizing what the program of their project is.
    – Researching their climate-city and thinking/writing/sketching about how that can inform their building design.
    – Diagramming possible building shapes (site plans, North is UP please).
    – Posting this info in their pin-up spaces online.

Written by Gregory Brooks

September 9, 2020 at 9:26 pm

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MWF Climate Assignments

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September 9, 2020 at 5:11 pm

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TTh Climate Assignments

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Written by Maarten

September 8, 2020 at 6:54 pm

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