Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Virtually real design

Architects and designers use plans, sections, perspective renderings, animations or models to describe a space. Personally, I have always been drawn to building models. As a sculpture student, I always worked from a mock-up rather than detailed drawings. As an architecture student, I would walk into a critique with nothing but a pristine model and diagrammatic drawings—sometimes to the horror of my professors. I find myself drawn to modeling because this is the only method within traditional documentation that actually uses three dimensions to describe space.

Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures, Standards ASCE/SEI 7-16, has been updated

Several significant updates have been added to the new edition of Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures, Standards ASCE/SEI 7-16.

The recently released document helps determine design loads including dead, live, soil, flood, tsunami, snow, rain, atmospheric ice, earthquake, wind, and fire, as well as how to assess load combinations. This new edition of ASCE 7 supersedes ASCE/SEI 7-10.

Significant changes include:

Mohawk College will have one of the region’s first net-zero energy institutional buildings

A new 96,000-sf building designed by B+H Architects and mcCallumSather will provide students of Ontario’s Mohawk College with solar-powered state-of-the-art labs, workshops, open study spaces, and a lecture theater when construction completes in 2018.

This floating hotel in Sweden freezes in place during the winter

The Lule River in Sweden is about to become the location of one of the country’s most unique hotels. Arctic Bath, designed by Bertil Harström and Johan Kauppi, floats on the river in the summertime, and then freezes in place during the winter.

Renters don’t just want nice apartments; they want communities packed with amenities

As more people are choosing to rent deeper into their lives than ever before, the things people expect from an apartment unit and a rental community are changing. For many, apartment living is no long a stop along the way, but a viable option for people who do not find homeownership appealing. Because of this, what people expect out of apartment communities has changed, as well.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Cold-formed steel framing engineering guide for building projects released

BuildSteel, an alliance of steel and construction industry organizations, recently released “Cold-Formed Steel Framing: Engineering the Details of Your Next Project.”

The e-book explores several technical aspects of designing and engineering cold-formed steel framing for successful projects. Building professionals and engineers will learn:

Bruner Foundation announces 2017 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence gold and silver medalists

The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA), recently announced its 2017 gold and silver medalists. The biennial award celebrates transformative places distinguished by physical design and contributions to the economic, environmental, and social vitality of America’s cities.