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Achieving Organic Shaped Str

luca-ramrez, Architect • 20h

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 • 1d

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.

Designing with Colored Concr

veronica-romualdez, Other • 2d

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 • 2d

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

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

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


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

Full Description about BIM with Latest Updates here

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

Insulation Methods for Shipp

veronica-romualdez, Other • Jun 29

A shipping container used as a residential or commercial space needs be insulated well if it is not designed in such a way that it cools or heats itself. This is especially true in areas with extremely hot or cold weather. You can properly insulate a container usin... Read More

Great topic. All are good choices but if you use SIPS, you don't actually need the container. EIFS is another option as well as EPS insulation. 2 More Answers

I need pricing on model ERP-

larry-lussier, Other • Jun 27

Need pricing on 13 c/s group explovent model ERP-T-FS 24" x 24" for fire suppression bid in NYC for MTA project.

Fashion that could inspire a

carrie-matson, Architect • Jun 23

What a superb topic. Where do you find your design inspiration? Do you refer to projects of well known architects or you like to derive inspiration from organic forms or something else?

bobby.perry, Architect

In addition to browsing through various blogs, I find Ted talks to be a great resource too:

As these prefab units have t

carrie-matson, Architect • Jun 23

How much or what percentage of the total cost of the unit would be the strengthening cost.

miked, Other

Yes from what I've seen it came add a lot of extra cost because a building with standard construction, then has to be engineered to handle loads from different directions, which normally wouldn't occur if the building was built in place. In saying that, recently there have been a few designs which have been engineer more like a vehicle/capsul...

Converting barns into modern

anthony-maigua, Engineer • Jun 18

Barns have been used for centuries as housing for livestock and as storage sections for farm produce. Eradication of farming has left these structures barely in use. Thus, as designers, we have the responsibility to convert these available spaces to modernized human... Read More

john-gil, Architect

Old barn's cladding is not intended to be weatherproof so in truth, you must disassemble the enter wall surface, build proper insulated wall, and replace the wood cladding as decoration. Many of the existing boards will have to be discarded as well. The typical detail involves clips of metal studs protruding beyond a couple of layers of build...

Where can I find timber fram

vinnyd, Other • Jun 17

These doors look fantastic, obviously they are timber framed, but where can I find doors that will give me a similar look.

vinnyd, Other

Christian and Michael, I'm looking in the US. 2 More Answers

How to effectively waterproo

pauly, Other • Jun 16

I recently had a project in a high wind zone, where some of the window waterproofing failed (not a fun situation!). Can anyone recommend a good waterproofing system to use in low rise housing projects?

bobby.perry, Architect

I find the most important thing here, is always keeping an eye on the contractors and making sure they are taking the time to follow the proper waterproofing procedures, as per the details. 3 More Answers

How to strengthen timber fra

anthony-maigua, Engineer • Jun 16

Timber framed houses are considered to be weak and can easily be damaged on the onset of an earthquake or any other natural catastrophe. To prevent such scenarios one is advised to put into place structural modifications to strengthen the wooden frame. When building... Read More

philip.allsopp, Architect

Cross Laminated Timber shear walls and floor diaphragms replacing stick framing can make a huge difference to the safety of timber framed buildings (and unreinforced masonry buildings) during earthquakes. The 4.125" thick 3-Ply panels manufactured by D.R. Johnson in Riddle, OR, for example, make perfect shear walls. These panels are unob... 1 More Answer

How to construct curved wood

anthony-maigua, Engineer • Jun 16

Wood has been used in the construction sector for an extended period. This has helped in coming up with great ideas of manipulating the regular appearance of the plain wood structure to more sophisticated and stylish designs. There are some ways to curve timber. How... Read More

peter-betancourt, Manufacturer

Weiland offers curved products to blend into and complement the beauty of the surrounding architecture. Our All Wood, Aluminum Wood and All Aluminum products offer a high quality craftsmanship and blend well with the indoor/outdoor lifestyle. The curved doors can be built as tall as 12 feet high and as wide as needed depending on weight. Chec...

Do I need a password to open

henrik-petersson, Designer • Jun 15

I downloaded (for the first time) an object from your site and when I wanted to open it in ArchiCAD I was asked for a password. I tried the one I used to sign in on your page, but without any success. How does it work?

Hi, this is because you have tried to open the object file's script, which is locked by the manufacturer.. In order to use the archicad object you need to add it to your ArchiCAD project. This can be done by adding it via your archicad library manager. Hope that helps!

What is the Future of Design

ajkim, Designer • Jun 13

How will the classical notion of Modernism hold up in our future? What sort of materials will help forge a new future in architecture?

philip.allsopp, Architect

Most buildings are experimental prototypes reliant sadly on low-bid contractors, self-styled "value engineers" and a bevy of subcontractors some of whom have little in the way of real skills or craftsmanship. Imagine what buildings would be like if we took best practices from companies like Boeing, Tesla, Apple and a host of other g... 2 More Answers

Making a good glass roofing

anthony-maigua, Engineer • Jun 10

The evolution of glass technology means roofing, glass extensions and sun pipes can flood dark areas of the house with light thus increasing the feeling of space and simultaneously providing an uninterrupted view of the garden and the immediate environment. Natural... Read More

How to properly install floa

anthony-maigua, Engineer • Jun 9

A floating roof is a type of roof that is installed in storage tanks which are used in the oil refinery and petrochemical industry. The floating roof floats directly on top of the stored material. This eliminates the possibility of a flammable atmosphere. It also ac... Read More

dan-niang, Other

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