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Rethinking the Future – 2021 awards

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May 11, 2021 at 10:21 pm

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Oops ! Please fix 2 pages: Revit 3d tower images

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For the horizontal exploded view of our REVIT S / M / A. views – please edit the tower image on LEFT side to be the Revit image. Example:

EXCEPT: PLEASE title the view on far left

‘Final Composite Model’
(Revit)

Written by Gregory Brooks

May 5, 2021 at 7:49 pm

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Last tips (in common) finishing up…

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For all STREET LEVEL plans (A or S or M):
Please show the street curb.
You will need to turn the site model on for that?

Example here: (thanks Adam!(

(“Line” png)

For PORTFOLIO –

We have some new Blocks that we are discovering:

1. BUTTTON block. Let’s you make the
“Click here to view a full PDF…” hyperlink button.
Try it out ! You can even change it’s color to black (yes!) and change the alignment to Center.

2. I’ve sent you (via email) a png called ‘Line’ to divide images, but you can also accomplish this with the SEPARATOR block if you want to learn another new trick (thanks Grayson!)
IF you do that instead, you can even control its color. Oh -and choose the WIDE option for the separator line.

3. SPACER is a last one. This one lets you insert some plain old white space – kind of like inserting a white image that just pushes things apart visually.
I think it’s really nice to finish the page with a nice big SPACER, so the WordPress flotsam get pushed down and out…

ALSO:

2 more good ‘blocks’ in WordPress:
– Column > we can use this to make columns of images (like in older AEWorldMap posts
and
– Layout > which lets you do 3 columns (maybe more) and change their width if needed.

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Written by Gregory Brooks

May 4, 2021 at 9:36 pm

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Running list of TIPS for final models

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(A/S/M) For all Revit ISOMETRICS – change the Scale to 1″:100
And Change view to SHADED (not consistent colors).
Detail Level: Fine (See image 1 below)

(A/S/M) For all Revit PLANS – use Scale of 1″=30′
Use Consistent Colors
Detail level: Fine
See examples 4, 5 and 6 below

(Architecture) green “carpet” at all outside spaces that can be occupied should be:
RGB 193 218 169
See post in AEStudioSoftware for step by step.

(Structure) Underbelly view:
Please use SHADED VIEW.
Be sure to rotate your view to be well UNDER the foundation to see the beams that tie the pier caps together.
ROTATE the view slightly clockwise to keep the columns from lining up vertically.
Turn on all structure and your Parking Structure.
See example 2 below specifically.
LAST (underbelly) – For this page, I suggest putting a Foundation Plan next to the underbelly. Cut this plan 3′ down from the top of Cap. See example 3 below.

For RHINO IMAGES: Print JPG files and print as High Quality (300 dpi).

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Written by Gregory Brooks

April 28, 2021 at 6:12 pm

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For structural Revit model: Parking Structure

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(DWG model waiting for you in Canvas) – Please put in your STRUCTURAL model only.

(Thank you to MJ for building this for everyone)

Written by Gregory Brooks

April 14, 2021 at 5:41 pm

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This Week: Sketching + Revit

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Architecture [A] team member
Begin planning the design of the building envelope. Walls and Windows. Use free-hand sketches to scale or sketch over a print-out of the Rhino model (Elevations or Axo’s). Things to think about: balconies (innies or outties?), form language, window types, glazing percentage, shading, climate, making Entrances grand and clear to visitors.

Climate [C] or [M] team member
Begin planning the design of the Mechanical Systems.
– Public Space AHU’s: decide on number and locations. Use Zones (discussion in class).
– Residence HVAC: This will be a repetitive, simple layout. Blue and red lines.
– Exhaust and Fresh Air (next week). This is a NEW topic, next level. Green and yellow lines.

Structure [S] team member
– You will make the Revit ‘base model’ for the group. Maarten will explain.
– Begin planning the design of the Structural Systems: size your slabs and columns.
– Design lateral design
– Design foundation

Beginning of week:
– Learn how to collaborate in Revit, test with your group, troubleshoot.

By end of week:
Before or on Friday, we hope everyone will be working in Revit at some level while finalizing sketches with GB (C/M) + (S) and MJ (A).

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Written by Gregory Brooks

March 29, 2021 at 4:57 pm

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High Rise Plan Example

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Please use the same title block that you are using for your 3D Rhino views. (edit as needed)

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March 22, 2021 at 5:38 pm

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Women in Architecture – new book

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“What does the word Architecture intend to mean? At first, limiting it to the art of building could seem passive and, in an even more restricted way, concern just the house construction. But Architecture is almost implicitly everything which is structure and representation, from the rocks, the skeleton, from the structure of the atom up to the appearance of the spheres that are part of the planetary system. The man made efforts, using the elements that nature gave him, in order to modify and reorganize this same nature, created architectures that, by improving themselves, spread through the world, giving origin to new architectures, from the rock to the interplanetary satellite, from the cave to the sky-scraper, from the pendulous do the cathedral.”

– Lina Bo Bardi

Written by Gregory Brooks

March 13, 2021 at 9:06 pm

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Final Example of S,A,M and composite models

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For you to see and understand as an example of what you are currently modeling:
Below: models similar to what each (S), (A), and (M) person in your group is building.
The 4th image on the right is the (Group) composite image.

NEXT:
we will post example images of what your INDIVIDUAL SHEETS on the standard class title-block should look like. Stay tuned and keep up the hard work today and tomorrow (before Spring Break!)

Written by Gregory Brooks

March 11, 2021 at 5:04 pm

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Almost complete! Examples of S, A, M partial models.

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The only thing missing in this example, is that the podium masses (future blue spaces) will cover up the street-level information in the image on the left (S).

Please try to get these individual models made in your groups before Spring Break. IF you can also send the floor plan view for the street-level and a typical Tower level that would be ideal.

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Written by Gregory Brooks

March 11, 2021 at 3:34 am

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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)

Written by Gregory Brooks

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.

Written by Maarten

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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Written by Gregory Brooks

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.

calendarpic

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)

Written by Gregory Brooks

November 20, 2020 at 3:14 pm

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