Sunday , 22 January 2017

Essential Tool Kit

Landscaping a sloped or steep site

Landscaping a sloped site

Landscape design of a steep or sloped site can provide quite a challenge. It is rare when designing a scheme that you are presented with a perfectly flat site; and why would you want a flat site? The demands of a sloping terrain can often lead to innovative landscaping ideas and beautiful designs. A sloped site gives you the opportunity …

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Understanding Scales and Scale Drawings

Scale drawings allow us to accurately represent sites, spaces, buildings and details to a smaller or more practical size than the original. In the real world, one meter is equal to one meter.¬† A drawing at a scale of 1:10 means that the object is 10 times smaller than in real life scale 1:1. You could also say, 1 unit …

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7 Ways To Improve Your Sketching Skills


Sketching is an extremely valuable skill in the architecture profession, and one that is certainly getting lost amongst our new technologies of 3d software and so on. However, you can demonstrate an idea with a sketch in a matter of moments, you can’t do the same thing with SketchUp. A sketch allows the client to get an idea, a feeling …

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Attaching and Exporting Object Data in AutoCAD

This week we have another really interesting guest post that looks at aspects of AutoCAD some people would never even consider possible. Nick Williams shares his knowledge on the subject of attaching and exporting object data in AutoCAD. As always it is great to hear from readers who would like to share their ideas, tips and tricks on the website …

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Best SketchUp Plugins for Architects


SketchUp is a great piece of software. It took me a while to fall in love with it – I was always more confident with Autocad. But now of course I am completely converted and use it regularly in my work. It also took me a while to discover all the plugins that are available to further improve the functionality …

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6 Study Abroad Tips for Architecture Students

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This week I am excited to share¬†something a little bit different. Jessie at Go Overseas has put together some really great tips for architecture students who are thinking about studying abroad. I get a lot of people asking me about this, and seeing as I have never studied abroad, I knew I wasn’t the best person to answer these queries. …

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Introduction to Foundation Design


This article is an excerpt from Residential Construction Details – US Edition. The book is packed full of both 2d and 3d details all of which are available to download as both dwg cad files and .skp sketchup files. Find out more about Residential Construction Details. Principles of foundation design The main role of foundations is to structurally support the …

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