Architectural Engineering program, The University of Texas at Austin

Next Steps: Transforming a diagram into a building

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Now that you have a colored massing model diagram, there are many design issues to explore / develop before jumping into construction (Revit).

This week:
SKETCH, SKETCH, SKETCH!  (T,Th – please FINISH making your sketch boxes).
Remember to use 11×17 tracing paper size and title/initial/date all sketches at bottom.
Decide what type of drawing is best, and produce an UNDERLAY for sketching to scale, as needed:

– View A and View B of your massing.
– Plan of your building
– Building Section of your building.

– Final form language exploration, and location of major program elements.
– Ground floor plan, locate Lobby, Retail, Parking entry/exit, loading, etc.
– Balcony/public outdoor spaces:  project in or out?
– Representative floor plan diagrams that show 10′ wide corridors at residential, to check firestairs and elevator location with Prof. Brooks.
– Coordinate sky-bridges with other high-rise group now – paste their massing model into yours in the new 3D city model.   Sky bridges about every 20 stories above the garden-level.
– Plan garden-level bridges to link to other sites (NOT across boulevard please).

– Begin choosing structural systems.  Discuss concrete options, and steel.
– Layout column grid options once basic Arch. plan is finalized.
– Explore lateral stability options right away! – Remember that elevator and stair cores can be lateral stability elements, OR NOT > if not, then they are open to being glassy and more exciting – especially if located on exterior face of building.
– Foundation assumptions:  most likely deep piers/piles around 15 – 20′ on center at perimeter and under interior columns.

– Produce sketches / lists that show your decision-making for passive solar ideas, ventilation, and mechanical system selections.
– Write out what you are thinking for mechanical decisions if easier than a sketch.
SEE Design for Climate book by Petra Liedl (UT library online version).   Determine %glazing and much more from this book.
**Please be ready for a possible discussion with MEP professionals end of this week, beginning of next week.


Written by Gregory Brooks

February 21, 2017 at 6:27 pm

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