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Max Fordham – pioneer of sustainable mechanical systems [ 1933 – 2022 ]

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(sigh)
Another pioneer and master of architectural engineering has gone to the great sketching-table in the sky.

Thank you, Max Fordham, for being a role-model of creativity and excellence in engineering and for the legacy of brilliant minds that were nurtured in your London design office. May your values and your firm live on !

Students: When we are back in person, please remind me to share a funny story about how I met Max for the first time during my London study-abroad program.
-GB

Written by Gregory Brooks

January 6, 2022 at 3:56 pm

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Happy New Year, ArchE students !

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Hello studio team – Happy 2022 !
2 more weeks until start of classes
(1st day of classes is Tues 18 Jan)

We have a great Spring lined up for us –
– Rendering session in week one (NEW section-perspective technique)
– AEWorldMap research in week one.
– Rhino high-rise design charette in small groups.
– Studio bus trip to Houston – currently planned for 29 Jan, but we may nudge to later if Covid is crazy.
– More Friday design-lectures from national and international ArchE professionals.
– NEW to 3rd-year studio: 2nd-half of semester will be small-group specialization projects. You each get to pick a specialization topic and develop designs to explore advanced topics in ArchE.

See you all in 2 weeks !

  • GB

In the news recently: The passing of a giant ArchE-hero. International architect Richard Rogers has gone to the great sketching-table in the sky. His architecture – known among ArchEs for innovation in engineering, technical and integrated design – set the bar for great performance-based design and technical aesthetics. I wish that we could spend a semester looking at his work in detail. See link here:

Written by Gregory Brooks

January 4, 2022 at 4:33 pm

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ArchE trip to Ft. Worth + Dallas

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Saturday 4 December 2021

Slideshow below with images of our 12-hour whirlwind tour.

Special thanks to Thomas Taylor (and Dane)
for meeting us at the Nasher and sharing design stories !

Written by Gregory Brooks

December 6, 2021 at 10:08 pm

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How to Change Displaced View Walls from Gray to White

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I’ve received a few questions about how to change the color of the walls in the displaced view. Here is a comprehensive list of steps on how to change the wall color in the displaced view:

  1. Select a single wall in the displaced view (Hint: this can be done my hovering over the edge of a wall segment and clicking tab until only the wall is selected).
  2. Right click off of the model and select “Select All Instances” then “In the Entire Project”.
  3. Right click again off of the model and now select “Override Graphics in View by Element”.
  4. Change pattern to solid fill and change the color to white.
  5. Select “Apply” and “Ok”.

Written by Grayson Porter

December 2, 2021 at 9:20 pm

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End-of-Semester: What to Turn In ?

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Final deliverables for Fall 2021 ARE320K Intro to Design 1:

All work is due Monday 6 Dec at 5:00pm
(unless negotiated differently with GB)

TURN IN all work in your Pin-Up-Space:
1. Final Exploded View (trigger image that goes to pdf printed from Revit)
– with louvers displaced horizontally (leave storefront frame)
– if you have perforated metal as part of your shading, leave the storefront frame and the perforated metal ON the face of the building.
NOTES (check back this Friday for any additional notes in italics)
– (different from the tutorial) Please make all architecture walls WHITE
– Remember to have primary and secondary structure for your pavillion roof !

Use storefront for all glass/doors/railings and be sure glass is no bigger than 40sf !


2. View A – and – View B (turn everything on).
(use trigger images that goes to pdfs printed from Revit).

3. Structural-only View – and – View B (structure only)

4. Minimum of ONE (1) rendered interior view showing light coming into court.
(as taught in Miguel’s tutorial)

NOTE regarding total Pin-Up-Space collection:
The purpose of the Pin-Up-Space is to show professionals and grad-schools your ability to sketch and study design solutions (radicals). Please post your best sketches only.

Minimum requirements for Pin-Up-Space (things I’m looking for when grading)

– Final deliverables as listed above
– Model progress images (not required)
– All lecture notes from Friday Noon series
– Mechanical model image
– Mechanical sketches
– Gravity + lateral model image
– Lateral sketches
– Gravity model image
– Gravity plan sketches
– Glazing percentage = ?
– Park radicals (not req’d)
– Rhino massing models
– Massing sketches
– Climate research (please put your city in the Title)
– Early in-class sketches

Written by Gregory Brooks

December 2, 2021 at 7:58 pm

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Example: Basement wall

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For anyone in a climate-city who wants to do rain-water collection, you will need a basement for the cistern. Here’s how we would like to show this in our Revit model.
NOTES:
– The basement wall is really just a taller grade-beam.
– Make the basement wall 15′ tall
– Attach it to the STRUCTURAL GROUP (not to the foundation)
– Your FIRST FLOOR will now need FRAMING (copy/edit 2nd floor framing)
and
– Your COLUMNS will need to be copied to the BASEMENT as well to travel thru to the foundation.

SEE EXAMPLE HERE:
(Thanks JennaB. !)

Written by Gregory Brooks

November 30, 2021 at 3:02 pm

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Revit Video Tutorials – Part IX: Interior Perspective Renderings

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The following is a tutorial that covers how to set up 3D views using the camera and the rendering tool in Revit to create interior views of your courts. Remember that every time you create a new view in Revit you need to check your Visibility/Graphics settings to hide any imported objects from Rhino that you don’t want to see in the view – this will be important for the light going through the perforated screens.

Interior Perspective Renderings Tutorial

Written by Miguel Yapur

November 30, 2021 at 1:24 am

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Checking in – Mental Health

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Hi all –
Thanksgiving Break begins tomorrow
I’m writing this to check in with everyone on a general-health level, and to remind you how valued and important you are – to all of us in the Cockrell School of Engineering. Please remember that your faculty and UT staff and administration are here for you, to help you stay healthy and thrive at UT. Be sure to ask for help if you need it.

Covid is rough enough to deal with, university academics are demanding –
Please do a self-check this week.
Over the Thanksgiving Break, be sure to rest, connect with people you care about and most importantly,
take care of yourself. I look forward to seeing you for our last week of studio when we all return to the classroom, and I especially look forward to traveling with you on Saturday in 2 weeks !
– GB


HOW TO ASK FOR HELP – IF YOU ARE FEELING HIGH LEVELS OF STRESS / ANXIETY
(or if you know someone who is struggling)
The Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) on campus is a great resource.
Additionally, the Cockrell School also has two CARE counselors – Alexandra Banks, LPC, and Armando Sanchez, LCSW. Both may be contacted for one-on-one consultations [ link here ].

Additional resources include:

Written by Gregory Brooks

November 23, 2021 at 4:21 pm

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Revit Video Tutorials – Part VIII: Displaced (Exploded) View

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The culmination of your work this semester is going to be primarily represented in what we call a displaced or exploded view. This view shows how all of the elements of the building come together. Below is a set of videos which shows a step by step tutorial on how to create this view.

Once again, I would like to remind everyone that the full list of Revit Video Tutorials can be found on AE Design Software, including the post about the Displaced (Exploded) Views.

As always, I would recommend that you watch these videos at 1.25x or 1.5x speed.

REQUIRED:

Written by Grayson Porter

November 16, 2021 at 8:43 pm

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Revit Video Tutorials – Part VII: Shading Systems

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We are so close to creating our exploded views but first we have to adopt shading elements into our building. There are both vertical and horizontal shading systems and the video below shows how to model both of them in Revit. The full post about shading systems can be found here and the full list of Revit Video Tutorials can be found here.

REQUIRED:

Written by Grayson Porter

November 16, 2021 at 8:30 pm

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GB sketches: floors and Park elements

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(from Mon 15 Nov and for Tues 16 Nov use)

Written by Gregory Brooks

November 15, 2021 at 9:07 pm

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Coming Attractions: Shading-screen explorations.

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Next week, as part of the Shading-screen design development (at exterior walls of Courts), we will be utilizing Revit light+shadow modeling to explore different design radicals / variations.

This is what perforated metal looks like with about 30″ diameter holes.

(Thanks Miguel for these samples!)

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Written by Gregory Brooks

November 9, 2021 at 9:31 pm

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Goals for Week 12 (8 – 12 Nov)

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Checklist for a complete project:

– Foundation (remember to be sure lateral elements are supported).
– Outline of site with hole in site where building meets the ground.
– Structure: Gravity elements (conc/steel columns, beams, joists – all sized)
– Structure: Lateral elements (conc shear walls, steel braced frames)
– Mechanical system (AHUs, diffusers, ducts and cooling towers)
– Architectural exterior walls with windows and perforated metal place-holders at court-exterior-walls

ONCE THESE ARE COMPLETE:
– Sketch design radicals for your shading screens at court-exterior-walls
– Visit with Prof. Brooks to review sketches (end of week).
– Model your final shading screens

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Written by Gregory Brooks

November 8, 2021 at 6:01 pm

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Revit Video Tutorials – Part VI: Mechanical

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Below is the set of videos that explains how to set up and create your mechanical elements. 

This includes creating a Mechanical Setup, Mechanical Equipment, Mechanical Ducts, & Air Terminals. Clicking any of the previous hyperlinks will send you to a AE Design Software post which has a brief written description of what they are and how to model them (as well as a video which can also be viewed below). 

As always, I would recommend that you watch these videos at 1.25x or 1.5x speed.

REQUIRED:

Written by Grayson Porter

November 4, 2021 at 7:38 pm

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Next: Mechanical sketches – meet w/GB

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For your reference:
GB sketches/notes from MWF
GB sketches from TTh

  1. ASAP – Please locate & size AHU’s then layout grids (start 3′ from walls !), show supply and return vents and ducts.
  2. Meet with Prof. Brooks to review / approve your sketches W, Th, Fri.
    (click HERE for an example mechanical plan sketch from Grayson)

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Click image above for pdf (sizing AHU and fan room)

NOTE:
During Wed 3 Nov studio,
we discovered a method of space planning to help locate AHU rooms.
We will repeat this discussion in Thurs 4 Nov studio.

Written by Gregory Brooks

November 2, 2021 at 10:55 pm

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AEFirms presentations in class

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We started the short AEFirms presentations in class today ! Great work TTh Group 1.

What we learned:
ONE CHANGE NEEDED TO ALL ENTRIES:
in your NEW entry (1) and in your OLD entries (2) please add the following list:
Additional U.S. Locations:
See image below or full entry here for clarification.

Purpose:
we are doing this so that all firms are searchable by U.S. city. So if you want to live in Chicago….search by ‘Chicago’ and all firms there will show up.

(see Lists on studio interior door for when your presentation is coming up!)

Written by Gregory Brooks

November 2, 2021 at 10:08 pm

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Deadline ! Monday / Tuesday: (before start of class)

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(revised Thurs 28 Oct)

Hi all,

GOAL #1 (by beginning of next week)
PRINT OUT (b/w is fine) a status set ViewA+ViewB on 8.5×11 BEFORE CLASS MONDAY 1 Nov / TUESDAY 2 Nov.

GOAL # 2 (by END of next week) :
By Friday 5 November, be finished with all of the following in list:

1. View A and View B of your structural model (as much as you can get done)
– Gravity columns and beams (sized per charts and span/20steel, span/16conc.
– Lateral elements
– Foundation

2. View A and View B of your architectural walls
– Solid walls at all conditioned spaces, fire-stairs and elevator masses
– Perforated panels (per Miguel’s tutorial) at all Court exterior walls.

JUST TO BE CLEAR: a STATUS page is a page with all 4 images listed above, showing how far along you are.

(thanks SarahD for this early status page to use as an example!)

Written by Gregory Brooks

October 27, 2021 at 10:42 pm

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Column Sizes – Prelim. Design

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In addition to B.C.I. chapter 5, you can also use the following charts for sizing columns in your studio projects.

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Source:  The Architects Studio Companion, 5th Edition.

Written by Gregory Brooks

October 26, 2021 at 11:50 pm

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Revit Video Tutorials – Part V: Foundation

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Below is the set of videos that explains how to set up and create foundation elements. 

This includes creating Foundation Levels, Foundation Slabs, Grade Beams, Grade Beam Footings, Interior Spread Footings, and Exterior Spread Footings. Clicking any of the previous hyperlinks will send you to a AE Design Software post which has a written description of what each element is (as well as a video which can also be viewed below).

As always, I would recommend that you watch these videos at 1.25x or 1.5x speed.

REQUIRED:

Written by Grayson Porter

October 26, 2021 at 8:24 pm

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Foundation Design – Lecture, Sketches

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Next:
– Sketch your foundation design per lecture
– Meet with Prof. Brooks
(bring 3d view and structural sketches and foundation sketches)

Sketches from class discussion:

Written by Gregory Brooks

October 26, 2021 at 6:38 pm

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For Mon/Tues deadline: Tutorial – Perforated Screens

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Thank you to Miguel for producing this tutorial !

Due by beginning of class this coming Monday / Tuesday:
– Gravity frames (Revit)
– Generic walls + perforated panels (Revit)


Please change all exterior walls of your Courts to this system of [ storefront + perforated metal ].
These panels will act as a placeholder for your future complex shading screens which we will start developing in 2 weeks.

See link to tutorial here.

Written by Gregory Brooks

October 21, 2021 at 4:26 pm

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Galapagos Team Formation (in-person event)

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Thursday Oct 28, 2021 : 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm @ ECJ 3.104/3.106

Galapagos Sustainability Team Formation
Still looking for team members for the “Do-No-Harm, Do-More-Good: Building for Sustainability in the Galapagos” program?
Please join Gregory Brooks for a networking session to meet other students interested in applying for this program.

Thursday Oct 28, 2021 : 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm @ ECJ 3.104/3.106

Click image above for study-abroad / research program information

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Recorded Zoom INFO-SESSION ( click image below )

President’s Award for Global Learning
Research course 2022
+
Fully-funded Study-Abroad (4 weeks)

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Written by Gregory Brooks

October 21, 2021 at 2:48 pm

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Revit Video Tutorials – Part IV: Windows

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Below is another short set of videos that explains how to cleanup your architectural walls, and how to model curtain walls.

If you are interested in having punched windows, then you can select and size them under the far left ARCHITECTURE tab (Architecture > Windows). These are fairly self-explanatory but ask one of your TA’s in class if you have any issues.

As always, I would recommend that you watch these videos at 1.25x or 1.5x speed.

REQUIRED:

Written by Grayson Porter

October 20, 2021 at 6:29 pm

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Revit Video Tutorials – Part III: Lateral

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Below is a very short set of videos that explains how to import lateral elements (shear walls & steel bracing).

If you are wanting to take advantage of moment frames, just double the width of the surrounding columns and double the depth of beams enclosed between the moment columns.

As always, I would recommend that you watch these videos at 1.25x or 1.5x speed.

REQUIRED:

OPTIONAL:

Written by Grayson Porter

October 20, 2021 at 6:07 pm

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Revit Video Tutorials – Part II: Gravity

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We are now going to start sizing our columns, beams and joists. While sizing members from the guidelines outlined in “Building Construction Illustrated” is a one thing, importing these calculated sizes into Revit is another. Once again, the full collection of Revit related videos can be found on AE Design Software under the “Revit Tutorials” tab.

Before sizing all of your members, I would recommend importing a generic 24″x24″ column and a 12″x24″ beam and use those to layout all of your beams and columns. Later, you can go back and resize all of your beams and columns. This strategy will be far more efficient than trying to import multiple unique members for every floor.

Below is another set of videos that we will need to import and place columns, beams, joists, and floors. As always, I would recommend that you watch all of these videos at 1.25x or 1.5x speed.

REQUIRED:

Highly Recommended:

Written by Grayson Porter

October 14, 2021 at 8:19 pm

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NEW Blue for conditioned Rhino spaces

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#B3D5F4
(should light/med blue)

Please change the color of your Conditioned Spaces layer in Rhino

Written by Gregory Brooks

October 12, 2021 at 6:49 pm

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Meet Nick Floyd of SGH in person – Wed 13 Oct 7:30pm

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Come meet ArchE alum and our speaker from this Friday Noon Lecture Series
(Thank you NIck for visiting with us !)

Written by Gregory Brooks

October 8, 2021 at 7:49 pm

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2022 May/June LONDON study-abroad with Prof. Brooks

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(link to Wednesday online session:) https://utexas.zoom.us/j/93551341825

See www.utLondon.info for more info

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Written by Gregory Brooks

October 4, 2021 at 4:43 pm

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Column and Beam Layout (example from Grayson)

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Initial Column Layout
Final Sketch (columns & beams)

To give an example of what your column and beam layouts should look like, here is one floor from my project from last year.

It is best if most of the columns align nicely in a grid to from a series of rectangles / squares. Additionally, it it helpful to visualize the difference between steel and concrete by color as I have done above.

(Note: Please remember that the assignment that I had is different from your assignment, so just use these as a reference.)

Written by Grayson Porter

October 2, 2021 at 12:37 am

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Introduction to Revit

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(Note: The floor to floor height in these videos are not 15ft/30ft as they should be in our models)

Hopefully by now everyone has had a chance to download Revit onto their personal computers. If you are still having trouble, please check out the AE Design Software page that has two options on how to download the latest version of Revit linked here.

Next week we will be bringing our Rhino massing into Revit. The full collection of Revit related videos can be found on AE Design Software under the “Revit Tutorials” tab.

For this upcoming week, we will be focusing on the AE Design Software posts labeled “Revit Refresher,” “Revit File Intro,” “Rhino to Revit (3D),” “Rhino Linework to Revit,” “Revit Levels,” and “Revit Walls“, which demonstrate how to bring a Rhino model into Revit and how to setup some basic elements. Additionally, we will be creating our structural gridlines in Revit using the posts labeled “Revit Grids,” “Interior Walls and Openings,” and “Denoting Structural System Divisions.”

We will have another set of videos next week which will show you how to import and size columns, beams, and joists. Once again, I would recommend that you watch all of these videos at 1.25x or 1.5x speed.

Similar to how we released the Rhino videos, we have broken the Revit content into three categories:

  • Required: content which we will expect all students to watch.
  • Review: content which will serve as a refresher if you have forgotten something.
  • Optional: content which won’t be required for this class, but may be helpful if you are interested.

The following is a list of the videos relevant for the next couple of weeks:

REQUIRED:

REVIEW:

OPTIONAL:

Written by Grayson Porter

October 1, 2021 at 6:57 pm

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