A simple maths problem A simple maths problem

We tend to relyon our CAD machines far to much, me included when it comes to sorting it out angles, so I have made a pact, that is to try and work out angles by the old way, and using no more than my iPhone. The problem in this small photo is to try and find the angle “X”, I think I can find at least 4 ways to solve this angle, the arrow head is equal on both sides.

Want the answer, I’ll make a small video and load it up to youtube later this week.

I have found that maths of this sort needs practice or you forget how your mind needs the memory of these little problems, being able to recognise the way to get at an angle, using the various maths rule.

 

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DOC78/9405 - Plan of Minerva Medica, RomeI was not until I started teaching Architectural Technology, that I had time to give some serious thought to the use of the Structural Grid in Architecture. Why use it, and how, were the two basic questions I asked.

Taking a look back in time, its very clear most of the major builders, Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, had a notion for a grid, just look at the plans of some of the old building, the pantheon rome for example, its clear a grid was used to set out, the long line of columns show this.

So first question, Why now, do we still use a grid, I suppose the first answer is to set out the structure, location of major columns and help navigation about a large building, Second how, well for me using Vectorworks I have two options, using the built in grid tool, or, my preferred method is to set up my grid on a separate sheet at the bottom of the stack and alway have it switched on, for me its the only way. I also like to follow convention and have the grid numbers along one side and lettered along the other, for a sure grid this works. for circular and other off beat grids, then its a case of what will fit, I have done circular buildings and gone clockwise with numbers, I have having to use AA after the alphabet runs out. Oh and yes I do not use I or O, so only 24 letters.

Next is colour, here its really as personal taste, but for meI like to use a blue, simply because it stands out and is easy to define, although when printing it is so often is black and white, but hey on the design sheet it works. Below I have included some interesting further reading on the subject,

My presentation to my students is coming on and will be released as soon as I can.

Plus these sites:

AA
Grids in design & CAD
Vectorwork Grid
A Grid Model - This is a little deeper, and has some good links to papers.

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iphone_picThe book “A History of Architecture” by Sir Banister Fletcher, is perhaps a book that needs a status of REQUIRED READING. The version I have is a loaned copy from Gloucester College Library and I have it for a few more weeks, before I have to give it back,  although the last time it was taken out was March 2011. Ebay and Amazon have copies available and it’s not going to be long before I purchase my own copy, but for now its my library version.

This is the history of English Architecture, not the complete history, but dam near it. the version I have is the 18th Edition, printed first in 1975, now in its 20th edition, its not cheap, but so worth getting a copy. there were editions and written by both his and his father, but the major revisions with the 6th edition in 1921, when much of the text was rewritten by Fletcher and his first wife seems to me as the real first edition.

I started reading this book as I am researching the old operative Master Masons and their involvement in the design, construction innovation and general site organisation of construction in and around the 1100′s.

Already, I have had to make so many notes away from my core research, just because I found the book so interesting, there is not so much construction detail, but a lot on the history, why and how the various designs came into being, and evolved.

As a Technologist, my training only skimmed this at college, all those years ago, we tended to concentrate on construction, drawing technique and presenting information to the client and contracting team and very little on Architecture , but like all, we learned Architecture by just being with Architects. So slowly the ways and why of being an Architect have slowly sunk in. Now I can’t stay away from it, I like the history and feel, these lost master mason might hold a lot to the way we travelled along the path of  design.

So although I stray a little, my core is research into people like William of SensMaurice the EngineerLalys – an Architect from Palestine, and James of St George, the influence of the crusades on castle design and how battle and siege techniques helped evolve there design.

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Small scaleThis excellent article on the “Life of an Architect” or should it read Life of a Technologist,  or perhaps “Sketch & Draw like a Pro” is well worth a read. it’s all about sketching, and doodling, something I am very keen to teach student, my other blogs on the Moleskin and water colours is also worth catching up on. The 10″ role should be a major part of any Technologists kit, the sketch, up details or trial details before they are committed to the CAD. So to are a small set of coloured pens, just to identify certain areas or detail, I think, red green blue and black will go a long way to achieving a good standard, so to will a small set of broad tip marker pens.

So good is this article, I have make a presentation up using this as a template, but adding my own thoughts and techniques. I hear what is said about the role travelling on it’s own, and squashing it prevents this, I tried this a long time ago, and found that the role when new was impossible to squash, and when I did manage kit, the paper had a wave it I did not like, so read and try, but beware.

Most decent large manufacturers have scales to hand out, all you have to do is attend one of their seminars for a CPD event, its well worth the effort, and you might just learn something.

 

 

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Architectural Technologist – Time is the true Seventh Sense

6 April 2014

We are taught that there are 5 basic senses, sight, smell, touch, sound, taste , and so often we use the sixth sense when we use intuition,  but there is a seventh sense that is so often ignored, that of time. All of these six basic senses rely on time, even intuition, how different is […]

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Architectural Technologist – I’m Back with a little BIM & Site Security

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ok, so work, life and a load of other perimeters have kept me away from my blogging, the fact that some one found a way to hack my site, forced me back into reality and spend some time cleaning out the site, plus I am afraid to say, disabling the comments section. I did not […]

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Architectural Technologist – Double glazing and condensation with a little hacking

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I am away with friends this weekend, and it’s alway fun to stand back and look at the local houses, the different Architectural styles and how trees are used to mask and camaflage. But it’s not what this blog is all about today, it’s more on the way a double glazed window gets the classic […]

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Architectural Technologist – The Architectural Grid

17 March 2014

I am pulling together a presentation on the use of the Architectural Grid. It’s one of those projects that has been stumbling about on my Blog, to do list for a while, well ever since I needed to get some of my students to grid up their designs recently. So I have been looking back […]

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Architectural Technologist – More on google Docs

16 March 2014

Following on from my articles on google docs, I found this nice little video for accessing and using google docs away from you main laptop or desk top machine, and on your iPad. Unfortunatly Google presentations are available to view but not to generate them, bit of a bummer for me, but the doc and […]

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Architectural Technologist – More on google Docs

16 March 2014

Following on from my articles on google docs, I found this nice little video for accessing and using google docs away from you main laptop or desk top machine, and on your iPad. Unfortunatly Google presentations are available to view but not to generate them, bit of a bummer for me, but the doc and […]

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