Urban design is the process of designing and shaping cities, towns and villages.
Imagined buildings, structures and schemes - from designs for palaces by medieval masters to futuristic film sets.
On June 4, 2012 we released the Top 20 International Urban Planning Websites 2012 , now it’s architecture’s turn. We searched for your international architectural sources, using Alexa International Rankings , and found these to be your 2012 – Top 20 most popular architecture-related websites.* Whether serving you with visual inspiration through featured projects, providing opportunities for you to connect to the larger architecture community, or tools to develop your business practice – this is where you (and your peers) spend most of that precious Internet browsing time (and we know it’s during “working” hours). Check out the list and let us know if we’ve missed someone important, in the comment section below.
Once upon a time, you had to buy passage on a freight ship headed out to sea in order to see a stack of containers piled high to the sky all around you. Nowadays more and more architects and builders are finding used free or for sale cargo containers at discount prices to construct all kinds of houses, homes and office structures . However, lest you think you need to go the route of hiring a professional, you should know that some do-it-yourself designers like Keith Dewey are making do with their own shipping container home plans . His own home, for example is constructed out of eight used shipping containers stacked on a residential lot. On top of that he has come up with all kinds of engaging cargo home plans and designs that range from simply, sturdy and easy-to-construct to complex, conceptual, whimsical and nearly impossible to build.
I didn’t set out to tie knots in Norman Foster’s Hearst Tower or wrinkle his Gherkin, but I got carried away. It’s one of the occupational hazards of working with Mathematica . It started with an innocent experiment in lofting, a technique also known as “skinning” that originated in boat-building. I wanted to explore some three-dimensional forms, and a basic lofting function seemed like a quick ticket to results. I dashed off the function Loft , which takes a stack of three-dimensional contours and covers it with a skin of polygons. Loft uses Mathematica ‘s GraphicsComplex primitive to factor out the geometries of the polygons from their topologies.
Building a hemp home
Johannesburg-based studio Nico Van Der Meulen Architects has designed the Glass House project. This impressive two story contemporary home is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Glass House by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects :
An architectural drawing or architect's drawing is a technical drawing of a building (or building project) that falls within the definition of architecture . Architectural drawings are used by architects and others for a number of purposes: to develop a design idea into a coherent proposal, to communicate ideas and concepts, to convince clients of the merits of a design, to enable a building contractor to construct it, as a record of the completed work, and to make a record of a building that already exists. Architectural drawings are drawn according to a set of conventions , which include particular views (floor plan, section etc.), sheet sizes, units of measurement and scales, annotation and cross referencing. Conventionally, drawings were made in ink on paper or a similar material, and any copies required had to be laboriously made by hand. The twentieth century saw a shift to drawing on tracing paper, so that mechanical copies could be run off efficiently.
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