In expos and conferences, in studios and on job sites, in workshops and meetups, in makerspaces and classrooms, in forums, at Basecamps, on YouTube... People who use SketchUp are everywhere. But for every SketchUp aficionado, it seems there are twenty more people who don’t realize how much is possible in 3D.
Each semester, Professor Joaquin Lorda assigns a supplemental project that asks students to explore classical architectural methodologies, while iterating upon those prolific traditions. Students work in small teams, employing elements from Late Roman, Byzantine, Persian, Gothic, Mexican, Spanish and other time-honored styles, into collaborative architectural models limited only by imagination and processor speeds. We asked Professor Lorda and students Álvaro Martínez Alcalde Tejerina and
As architects aim to create buildings that are carbon neutral, energy efficient, and even net-positive energy, they are analyzing the performance quality of their designs as early and as often as possible. This method is called performance-based design, and it requires assessing building performance throughout the design process, rather than just at the end of a project for compliance purposes.
Tom Kaneko is an architectural designer and SketchUp ninja specializing in bespoke residential retrofits and extensions in the United Kingdom. In this conversation, we delve into his workflow and how he uses SketchUp to deliver value to his clients within the constraints of a tight budget.
About two years ago at 3D Basecamp, our friend Jeremy Kay introduced me to the term “big idea architecture.” It was Jeremy’s way of describing an architectural illustrator’s task of conveying something beyond the tangibles of form, function, and context.
Leers Weinzapfel Associates is a Boston-based, award-winning practice specializing in architecture, urban design and infrastructure projects. They’ve recently worked on a tri-faculty building with an innovative timber structure for the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. We caught up with Tom Chung, Principal, to learn more about how they went about designing a building for designers, and how effective collaboration helped the project team arrive at a compelling and sustainable design.
Back in college, I participated in a design/build project as part of my architecture degree. It was only one semester, but those months working outside on real projects were really valuable. There’s something special about being involved in the manifestation of ideas that you worked on via pencil and paper or pixels on a computer screen.