Monthly Archives: October 2016

Mid-review Order

Ok, here is the order for the review this afternoon:


We have just about eight minutes per person, so really concentrate on making your opening statement concise, covering what you feel are the important parts of your design. Remember, your boards and model should describe everything so you don’t have to.

Make sure you have everything ready at the start of class (this will be part of your grade) – to keep things moving, we will try to have people pinning up while other people are presenting. If you aren’t pinning up, it is really important that you give your attention to your classmates!

Template’s Re-post


Hi all,

I’m uploading a couple of template and reference files that will help you throughout the semester.

AutoCAD Template:

  • Layers pre-made
  • pages pre-made at 11″x17″
  • ctb-file linked

Rhino Template:

  • V-ray Setting Set up for exterior scenes
  • A few basic materials found on the V-ray material editor
  • v-ray sun (rotate it to change sun angle)
  • (Test render object in model to see results)

Rhino Materials Library

  • This library contains a large amount of different v-ray materials that can be easily loaded onto the v-ray material editor
  • It is a large folder (about 200mb)
  • I will show in class at some point how to access these material correctly

Best Regards,

Henry Aguilar

AIA Center Symposium on Libraries

I know this is the weekend before your project presentations (and not cheap, either), but if anybody wants to attend this and report back to the class, I am offering extra credit!

Talks at the AIA Center are almost always insightful and thought-provoking, and it will help you with the final project to get some perspective on the issues involved: 



When: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM SATURDAY, ARCHTOBER 29

Where: At The Center

In the early 1990s, the rapid rise of digital technologies led many to predict the demise of the library as we knew it. Not only were books going to disappear as the support for knowledge and literature, but digitization, combined with the internet, would negate the need for the public gathering to read and consult research indices in libraries. Yet libraries have flourished at all scales, even as we recognize that there are great challenges to their function and to their public place. Today’s libraries continue to thrive and evolve.

The symposium consists of two panels.
The first panel looks at The Library in Civic Life, now that it is clear that the death knell was bypassed. This panel will bring together librarians and professionals involved with the creation and conceptualization of libraries. What have libraries become in the digital world? What is a library if it is no longer primarily a place for storing printed and other media? Although libraries have had, for at least two centuries, public realms that extend beyond research and reading, what is it that makes a library a library and not simply a community center? What are the common values that define the library and its building? How does the library remain relevant and fulfill its mission when it has taken on so many auxiliary functions?
The second panel looks specifically at issues of The Architecture and Spatial Design of Libraries. How is that mission translated into form, into place making, into building? What makes a building look and feel like a library? How do designers balance the quest for liveliness, which often brings along noise, with the atmosphere of contemplation, reading, study, and the capacity to pursue private needs in a public setting? How is privacy and publicness negotiated in the library, where the relationship between the individual and the public is different than in many other building types?
Through a closing keynote, conclusions and questions from the two panels will be brought together to find common threads and open challenges that shape the ever-evolving role of the library in our age and in our cities.
The Library in Civic Life
Inga Saffron, Architecture Critic, Philadelphia Inquirer
Luis Herrera, City Librarian, San Francisco Public Library
Deborah Jacobs
, Director Global Libraries Initiative, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Jeffrey Schnapp, Faculty Director, metaLAB, Harvard University
The Architecture and Spatial Design of Libraries
Barry Bergdoll, Hon. AIA, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University
Clifford Gayley, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal, William Rawn Associates, Architects
Francine Houben, Founder/Creative Director, Mecanoo
Chris McVoy
, Senior Partner, Steven Holl Architects
Abigail Van Slyck, Dean of the Faculty, Dayton Professor of Art History, Connecticut College
Anthony Vidler, Professor, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union
Organized by: Center for Architecture
Price: $20 for AIA members and students with a valid student ID, $30 for non-members

3D Printing CLT Tutorial

The CLT for the 3-D printer who is supposed to give the tutorial is unavailable for Thursday, so there is no way to get the tutorial until next week. The office had no other solution to be able to 3-D print, the best possibility is to ask the CLT on staff whenever you are printing to help out.