Archive for August, 2013

The RIBA Plan of Work 2013 organises the process of briefing, designing, constructing, maintaining, operating and using building projects into a number of key stages. The content of stages may vary or overlap to suit specific project requirements. The RIBA Plan of Work 2013 should be used solely as guidance for the preparation of detailed […]

BIM Workflow



WHY IT MATTERS We spend most of our lives in buildings that could be more comfortable, more useful, and more energy-efficient. Since the unveiling of Frank Gehry’s titanium-skinned Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in 1997, we’ve grown accustomed to eye-popping architectural statements, whether in the complex geometry of Herzog & de Meuron’s Beijing National Stadium (also known as the “Bird’s Nest”) or […]

from “Change or Perish”. Report on integrated practice, AIA. Daniel Fridman: By what means can the architects in this audience accelerate their understanding of this new technology and all its implications for practice? Thom Mayne: Gestalt. Total Gestalt. We computerized our office just a little over ten years ago. It was a hunch on my part. It was […]

The Benefit of BIM In 2004, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), commissioned a study to identify and estimate the efficiency losses in the U.S. capital facilities industry from inadequate interoperability among CAD, engineering, and software systems. The study defined the capital facilities industry as encompassing the design, construction, and maintenance of large […]

The most obvious beneficiaries of leaning back would be creative workers—the very people who are supposed to be at the heart of the modern economy. In the early 1990s Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a psychologist, asked 275 creative types if he could interview them for a book he was writing. A third did not bother to reply […]

Management tip


Stop Thinking Like You Always Have To surface groundbreaking ideas, you need to challenge the long-held beliefs the people at your company hold about doing business. Here’s how to kill the status quo: Impose artificial limitations. It may seem counterintuitive, but this can spark creativity. By enforcing mock constraints – for example, focusing exclusively on existing […]

Digitalisation is enabling young designers to take production into their own hands “We’re deconstructing the manufacturing process,” Dixon claims. “I think for a long time people thought all goods were going to be produced a long way away in low-cost labour countries and shipped in huge quantities to the rich west, but that whole equation […]

Toward a Collective Criticism by Mimi Zeiger This article appeared in Volume #36. The internet gets blamed for a lot of things, our current crisis of criticism being just one of its victims. The explosion of free content, the rise of unpaid bloggers, a diffuse democracy of likes and retweets, has surely weakened the authority of traditional […]