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Where can I find gym equipme

dinesh, Architect • 1d
cooper, Modlar Administrator

Here's a link where you can find gym equipments in AutoCAD & Revit Architecture:

What is the diff b/w BIM and

dinesh, Architect • 1d, Modlar Administrator

Dinesh, here's a link to an earlier discussion Hope you find it useful!

Revit Architecture 2010 comp

paul-jordan, Other • 2d

Is there any chance I can get some of your families in a Revit 2010 format? I know, I know, it's 8 years old and not supported anymore but, it still works fine for me. I'm looking for a shower stall I can put in a bathroom. You have a few that are very interesting b... Read More

Creating the Ideal Indoor Ga

veronica-romualdez, Other • 5d

An indoor garden may include something as simple as plants on a shelf to an entire living wall, such as the three-story indoor vertical garden of an office building in Elche, Spain, or the living wall in Edmonton International Airport in Alberta, Canada. Whether in... Read More

Does this site support BIM f

scott-langrehr, Architect • Sep 15

Hi Scott, thanks for reaching out. Sadly we don't have many products in Cadsoft's format. You may however be able to import models in 3DS or OBJ formats into Cadsoft.

How to Project and Build an

lucia-ramirez, Architect • Sep 13

Treehouses usually remind us of two things: childhood getaways and whimsical fantasy creatures living in the forest. Nowadays, building on trees is not relegated to fantasy or child's-play; the appeal of having a vast view and an less invasive, immersive natural ex... Read More

Suggestion for Miele Revit f

charles-roucher, Student • Sep 7

Hi there, Firstable thank you for your website, it has great content and as a student I cannot always afford to pay for descent libraries. I only have one small suggestions, in the Miele family the titles of the zip files are too long so by default an error message... Read More

Hi Charles, thanks so much for the feedback, glad we can help! We'll reach out to the Miele and get them to supply shorter zip file names, thanks for letting us know ;)

How can i find the password

agathe-clarisse, Architect • Sep 6

You need to load the file via ArchiCAD's object library manager to the project your working on. If you just try opening the file, it will try to open the GDL object's script, which is password protected by the manufacturer..

I wanted to download a model

nira.bottinga, Technician • Sep 4

I have tried to get a rvt file on the model but couldn't find it.

Where is the Princetown Surf

norma.m.villegas, Student • Sep 1

Downloaded the revit files, but I don't actually see this particular color in the material library.

Thanks Norma, we'll look into this for you!

The Fifth Wall

tim-epstein, Other • Aug 30

No longer the fifth wall.. Yesterday, ceilings inspired human kind and architects. Ceilings would be an architect's gateway to the heavens. Of course, back then, they had the space. Nevertheless, the perfect example is Jeronimos Monastery in Spain. Their ribbed vau... Read More

Creating the Look and Feel o

veronica-romualdez, Other • Aug 30

The ceiling is the part of a room that is sometimes overlooked. However, there are many different ways that you can create visual interest in a room just by adding a design to the ceiling alone. Updating the look of a room by transforming a plain ceiling is fairly... Read More

How to address designing, re

lucia-ramirez, Architect • Aug 26

Sometimes we have to build very close, next to or in a delicate surrounding; it could be an historical site or ruin, a protected building or even a natural setting that could easily be ruined by the wrong design proposal. We have to ask ourselves, what's the best w... Read More

Achieving Organic Shaped Str

lucia-ramirez, Architect • Aug 23

Organic structures, shape-wise, are the opposite of orthogonal ones: they often don't follow straight lines and shapes, which makes them a little more difficult to achieve using traditional methods of construction and retail materials. That being said, organic stru... Read More

This Thermador Archicad file

jim-lapiana, Architect • Aug 23

The file is for the 24 inch Built-In Wine Preservation Column T24IW800SP. One would assume that the password protection was done in error and the file should be uploaded without it.

cooper, Modlar Administrator

Most of our ArchiCAD objects are password protected to avoid errors when the user tries to directly open the object file. You can load object into the project library and use it in the project normally without opening it. You can change the settings through the object interface settings as well.

Designing with Colored Concr

veronica-romualdez, Other • Aug 22

From translucent to opaque, the color choices for concrete are endless, thereby allowing you to achieve different looks with colored concrete. Colored concrete can be made to look like different materials such as brick, slate or even tile and colors can range from... Read More

Placing your stamp on concre

veronica-romualdez, Other • Aug 22

Stamped Concrete Concrete stamps, which are made of polyurethane or metal, have inlaid designs that are available in various decorative patterns and textures. The stamps may also be made to look like other building materials such as stone, wood or brick, or have a... Read More

There are easy solutions to protect those surfaces. Here's one type: 1 More Answer

How to solve common concrete

veronica-romualdez, Other • Aug 16

Concrete is a versatile and durable artificial stone which is made by mixing aggregate and water. It can be cast to form almost any shape and is used not just to build structures, but for driveways, built-in furniture, roads, sidewalks, dams and bridges. Concrete i... Read More

Can I just sign in once and

may.liang, Architect • Aug 16
cooper, Modlar Administrator

Hi May, you have to sign up to download products and then you can download as many as you want.

Functional Facades

veronica-romualdez, Other • Aug 15

A building's facade is often the most important aspect of design. The facade is the first thing that people see, and in recent years, innovative facade designs and systems have created some of the world's most interesting facades. Today, facades also provide functi... Read More

Where can I find Glass showe

ken-sepe, Engineer • Aug 10


Brutalist Buildings - Beasts

veronica-romualdez, Other • Aug 9

The brutalism movement of architecture that became popular all over the world from the '50s to the '70s was started by Le Corbusier. This became the style of choice with governmental, educational, and institutional buildings as well as low-cost housing, libraries,... Read More

Container Architecture

veronica-romualdez, Other • Aug 8

Container architecture, also known as cargotecture, is a form of architecture using steel or aluminum shipping containers as a structural element. These containers, which have been used to build permanent and temporary residential and commercial spaces, have become... Read More

garry-braiden, Technician

This idea and practice has been around since the early 80's. It is the basis for all offshore accommodation and was developed from old railway carriages which were used on the first oil / gas rigs. Various companies worldwide specialise in containerised accommodation which are stand alone or in any multitude of configurations. They fit everyt...

Autodesk Revit Family doesnt

Charles.Wilrycx, Other • Aug 4

When loading a door, I expect the RFA to host onto a wall. This is not the case, not does the family create a void where the wall and door intersect. Am I perhaps not understanding this family?

Converting Shipping Containe

veronica-romualdez, Other • Aug 4

Building with shipping containers has fast become a popular way to create residential and commercial spaces. Not only are containers trendy, but they are readily available and environmentally friendly. Although most shipping container structures look simple, a lot... Read More

Constructing facades for dif

veronica-romualdez, Other • Aug 3

For a building to have a facade that maximizes energy efficiency while providing a comfortable environment for its occupants, each facade may be designed in a way that is best suitable based on the climate. In the United States, these climates are divided into zone... Read More

When buildings become breath

veronica-romualdez, Other • Jul 28

The Biomimicry Institute in the United States defines biomimicry as "an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature's time-tested patterns and strategies." It applies not only to architecture, but in fie... Read More

What is the size of Traditio

sanja-zilic, Other • Jul 20

I need to know the size of this pendant, I don't see a spec sheet anywhere.

What is Building Information

shi-shi, Student • Jul 18
cooper, Modlar Administrator

Hi Shi, a thread to an earlier questions on BIM Take a look at some other discussions on BIM 1 More Answer

Landscape architecture licen

jamesx, Designer • Jul 8

I have an m-arch but switched to landscape design a few years after graduation. I had several years of experiance working in landscape design and build prior to school. Currently I run a landscape design business. I am having much success in residential design and I... Read More

miked, Other

I am in the same boat. A LA stamp does not carry much weight. Usually if a stamp is required for anything a civil is required not a LA. Yes you need a LA license to work on public projects in most states, but you can also work under the guise of a "public artist" or a "urban designer" and team up with a LA should those opp...

Bamboo as a Construction Mat

veronica-romualdez, Other • Jul 7

Bamboo as a construction material is traditionally associated with the cultures of Central and South America, Asia and the South Pacific. It can be used to build entire homes and other structures that are earthquake-resistant and can survive strong winds and storms... Read More

Building with Aluminum Panel

veronica-romualdez, Other • Jul 7

Aluminum, which is often referred to as a "miracle metal," is the second most widely used metal in building after steel. First, used as decorative detailing and then in roofing, flashing and wall panels, it is now considered as a construction material tha... Read More

Passive Cooling Techniques

veronica-romualdez, Other • Jul 5

Passive cooling is a way of designing a building that focuses on improving indoor heat to a comfortable level with little or no energy consumption. This is often done through non-mechanical conditioning solutions that involve preventing heat from entering the buildi... Read More

What are the challenges to a

carrie-matson, Architect • Jul 5

High-rise wood buildings are becoming quite popular around the world. What are the building codes that have be adhered to in US? I think a major challenge would be fire safety since it's all wood.

george-west, Designer

George - Arch Designer: Structural Wood Beams, Trusses, Columns, Girders have been historically used for building even before Steel. Wood Members must be treated with Fire Resistant Retardants that are preferably "Green", or creating a petrified surface, as to support weight. 3 More Answers

How I can use that family in

wassim-husseini, Architect • Jul 1

Internal wall finish

Creating a Rooftop Garden

veronica-romualdez, Other • Jun 30

A building with a roof that is partially or completely covered with plants is known as a green roof, eco-roof, vegetated roof, or living roof. The three types of green roofs, which were developed in Germany in the 1960s, are intensive roofs, semi-intensive and exten... Read More