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As an architecture student in college, I noticed one of the major difference from kids in other majors revolved around text books. As my roommate was cycling through a new physics textbook what seemed like every month, I was using the same architectural theory book required for my first day as a freshmen. I realized that the books I was required to get retained their value throughout my schooling and now into the professional world. Even now I have a shelf full of a variety of books that I use regularly for reference, education, and inspiration. In this post, I’ll point of the types of books I have at my desk while highlighting a few of my favorites. Most if not all of them can be found available at your local bookstore or online new or used through online site like amazon.

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Interesting article that summarizes the findings of recent scientific research that correlates wellbeing and street trees:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/07/09/scientists-have-discovered-that-living-near-trees-is-good-for-your-health/

 

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What is the future of architectural visualization?

Currently the arch viz industry is about hyper realistic renderings. The drive is to achieve perfect photo realism. There are creative style decisions made with color, lighting, camera, mood etc., but photo realism is the theme.

How much further do we need to go with quality of realism? The level of realism that is achievable now is remarkable. There is always room to further perfect it, but why? Is there a need to? Magazines are filled with architectural 3d renders that nobody can tell the difference from a real photo. They say 80% of an IKEA magazine is 3d renders now. Expanding the realism would not accomplish much for the audience at this point. So, what is the next step. How can we offer more to clients in the arch viz field?

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The study noted in this article, and published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, is yet another confirmation of how important visual connections to a natural green environment is for us.  Even 40 seconds of visual contact can make a difference!  Oops, i just gave away the answer... but it's too important to hide! 

http://www2.buildinggreen.com/image-of-the-week/how-long-did-it-take-image-right-produce-cognitive-benefit?woo_campaign=iow&woo_medium=hp&woo_content=learnanswer

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Drawing By Hand in a Digital World

With the constant and inevitable integration of computers and technology in our lives, we are always looking for ways to streamline and accelerate tasks. Wall calendars and memo pads have been replaced by desktop widgets, apps, add-ons, and plug-ins. The creative and design community has not gone unaffected by this change.

For better or worse, computers and digital media have changed architectural and design firms in countless ways. The advent of computer-aided drafting and products like Autocad and Revit have completely changed the way construction documents are created and shared. Similar to how modern word processing has moved the journalism world away from the days of the printing press, computers have allowed document production in architecture to a new level. For the most part, revising projects electronically is much quicker and safer than having to erase portions of drawings for redrafting by hand.

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