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Still needs fixing but this will do for now.

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Autocad and Structural Design Past Papers

More Autocad

Thanks to Kirk for the email
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AutoCAD for Dummies 08-09

Autocad 2009
This book is kinda jumbled.I advise 2008.
Its really not that outdated


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Portfolio Handout

Click to enlarge

Much thanks to baddery for the pics.

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Kern Spencer Graffiti

Save. Print.Cut out a stencil.

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To Do list

Comics to Draw
C.S.A students time schedule
Site Induced Depression Syndrome
Suzy and I

Articles to complete
what i learnt:The Pavilion
what i learnt:The Shelter
what i learnt:The House

Other posts to make

Autocad 2010 For Dummies Ebook
Kern Spencer Grafitti - Done

You must learn from all,
If you choose otherwise
You choose to move not

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what i know: Typography in Architecture Layouts - Some Guidelines

Now seeing the last project there was some good work, nice models and some terrible typography.
Do's and Donts


2. Dark text on a Dark Background


4.Cool Unreadable fonts


1. Keep font types to a 2-3 font maximum

2. Make your fonts make sense with the rest of your design.

3. General[but breakable rule] Serifs have the litte feet for body San Serifs dont have feet for Titles

4. There are levels of information use them to your advantage.

Size Size Size
Colour Colour Colour
Other Characteristics To make it stand out or recede

Press Window > Character.

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Its like a large star.A Febrile [what a beautiful word] swirling mass of heat and fury.
You aspire to put it out for its own good.This task however requires you to force your way into the inferno.To the very centre.
Flesh crackling, skin tearing away from your fingers as you reach out.
Razing your muscles,eating at your body till you finally cup the core and put an end to that Raging Helios.


Sometimes you think, why not just leave it perfectly alone.
And it can burn for



what i learnt : The Caribbean School of Architecture Strucutural Analysis

Caribbean School of Architecture building

Built by Lascelles Dixon (whom I had the pleasure of meeting)
40 Shortwood Rd. Suite 11

4 Storey buillding
Basement - Lecture theatre and Presentation room
1st Floor - Smart room and First/Second Year Design Studio
2nd Floor - Staff room and Architecture Library
3rd Floor - Upper Staff area and Third year studio
4th Floor - Masters studio and Critique rooms 1 & 2

Souther stairwell was designed to act as a pavilion for students to watch activites on the field.

Foundation Type: Pad Footing with Ties between individual pads
Building Type : Frame Building, 3m spaced column and 9 m span beam set up.
Soil Type : Sandy Loamy Soil, Compacted over time. - Good soil

Grid Diagramming shows that the main section of the building is supported by columns D2 through to N2 and D5 to N5 on the easter face.

The walls of the building can be knocked out and moved without damage to the building superstructure
Pad Footing - L Dixon

The Northern and southern walls are called shear walls which prevents the building from failing in the manner shown below.
Shear walls are without openings as these openings such as fenestration and doorways reduce the strength of the wall as a whole.

Another factor that add to the buildings stiffness is that the floors are all homogeneous.
The Triangular forms on the Western edge is design to keep out bright sun while allowing ventilation and diffused light into the studios.Similar tactics are employed on the roof where north light is ushered into the Critique rooms

See Previous post for additional images CSA UTECH Models and Pictures

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Caribbean School of Architecture : Models and Pictures

I happened to be analysing CSA for Structures and blundered into these images of some models.
Carribean School of Architecture 3d Elevation Model

Taken from

Eary Phases

Its REALLY sad that after typing Csa UTECH in google images the 8th picture is my BLOGGER Profile Picture

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How to use more of your brain?

You --really_want_to-- know?

It's not easy.

Okay, that scared off all the lazies.

It's not complex.

Alright, that angered the self-reflexive tortured artists.

It's not popular.

Good, that alienated the mediocre.

It's not normal.

Yes, there go the cowards.

10 Simple Steps
to Using More of
Your Brain...

All you have to do is \stretch/ your brain.

All one need do is /focus\ the mind.

Law of Brain Expansion

Unused areas of the brain

are activated by perceiving, thinking and doing new things.

Your instructors will be:

the New
the Different
the Bizarre
the Difficult
the Uncomfortable
the Scary
and the Unknown.

Your classroom will be
The Universe and All It Contains,
including mysterious laws and
regions of your own psyche.

1. Think more.

Reduce passive, brain dead soaking up of entertainment, gamesplaying, gossip, mindless trash culture, Hollywood shenanigans, who-dunnit murder mysteries.

Avoid dumbed down entertainment, sponsored sports, broadcast news, popular culture, established traditions, mainstream trends, peer-pressured opinions.

Seek the innovative, controversial, ground-breaking, emergent, radical.

Ask yourself questions. Conduct a silent self-interview. Auto-encapsulate yourself.

Wonder about things you've never stopped to consider.

Why is the universe so vast?

Why is there something rather than nothing?

Is nothingness possible, perhaps 589 trillions years into the future, once the human race learns how to wipe out the entire cosmos?

What are your goals? Priorities? Spiritual beliefs? Favorite films?

2. Read difficult books.

Derrida, Blanchot, Lacan, Levi-Strauss, Mallarme, Rilke, Proust, Hegel, Bible, Koran, Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Galileo, Hawking, Einstein.

3. Have stranger adventures.

Go to a restaurant in a part of town you've never been in, in a different economic class or ethnic mix.

Stop doing the same things in the same places with the same people.

Deliberately take a new route, visit a new blog, try writing a poem, take homemade chocolate chip cookies to a neighbor you don't know yet.

4. Learn a new skill.


Buy a graphics program (PhotoShop, Poser, Paint Shop Pro) and start creating photo manipulations or digital art.

Start a blog. Upload photos or art to your blog. Take swimming or diving lessons. Plant a garden. Join a bird-watcher group. Discover how to deconstruct a text. Become an email message writing expert.

5. Look at art.

Something happens in the brain chemically and electronically when viewing art.

Find the best, wildest, most exciting art on the web or in galleries, books, or magazines (Art Forum, Art in America, Flash)...and stare at it.

Try to figure out how it was done. Note your emotional response. Try to do something similar or as a reaction against it.

6. Discuss deep subjects.

Ask your friends, family, neighbors what their opinions are on infinity, eternity, heaven, hell, karma, angels, dreams, animal intelligence, nuclear power, herbal remedies, meditation for stress relief, human evolution, cloning, terrorism, nationalism, mind control cults, unethical business practices.

7. Respect other opinions.

Encourage others to think for themselves, form their own judgments, and speak their minds.

Ask your friends questions you've never asked them, about subjects you have no idea what their opinions could be.

Listen. Notice if opposing viewpoints have any redeeming qualities. Are you sure your opinions have no serious challengers?

Most people change certain aspects of, or entire, belief systems multiple times during their lives. No adult believes all they believed when they were a child or a teenager.

8. Make friends with aliens.

Are all your friends in your racial, economic, religious, political, vocational, gender, or professional class?

That's horrible then. You have no new stimulation intellectually, except random distortions via media.

Become close friends with aliens from other cultures, age groups, physical disabilities, mental handicaps, industries, spiritual orientations, nationalities, politics, philosophies.

9. Understand what you hate.

Take something that bothers you, angers you, or you have zero interest in. Try to discover first: why you don't like it. Then: what good qualities reside in it. Also: what you can gain from it or contribute to it.

Everybody hates something. That's what business is built on. You hate work, so you buy labor saving devices. You hate boredom, so you purchase home entertainment systems, or read blogs.

Force yourself to be controversial to your own self: investigate your "opposing party" or "antagonist", your polar opposite.

Not horrid evil, perversions, criminal acts, or sinister cults. Just a lifestyle or skill or belief you dislike or are bored by.

Enthusiasm, or at least more intelligent understanding, will result.

10. Ponder opposites & possibilities.

Interrogate items. What if this were much bigger? Super small? Round instead of square (like a web site or computer monitor). Why aren't books triangular? What if water wasn't wet? What if the universe is illusory, and all that exists is thought?

What would an ice phone be like? Good for spys? What could be made of ice but isn't? Can you mold steam into transitory art forms? Could I be the first steam artist?

What if I were black (white, Asian, Eskimo, Native American, Canadian)? How would I be different?

Is there a fire that can stop a fire? Can water be wetter? Can reading replace speaking? What if we all lived forever in indestructible bodies or as spirits?

What could I do to my blog that is totally different from what I'm now doing?

Could I try posting a ridiculously weird or super personal or oddly scholarly essay?

Post an image with no text?

Follow this path to increased brain power.

These simple tasks

E-X-P-A-N-D the brain.

Final project requirements


Presentation Requirements

Handin for Project 03 is Thursday April 15 @ 4pm

You are required to submit 3 sheets of 18”x24” drawings with the following information:

• A site plan/layout defining the relationship of the home to landscape features, site circulation, and off-street access.
• A scaled plan reflecting the ordering of spaces and circulation in accordance with the stated concept of home.
• Building elevation/s as required to show envelop materials, proportions, and general character.
• A full or partial building section drawn at an appropriate scale. Section and details are to include correct graphic symbols and text.
• Information about the sustainable strategies integrated in the home
• Written statement about home and the concepts embedded in it.
• A monochrome mass model to fit on the class site model (1:200).
• A larger model that indicates the 3D ordering of the spaces

Any questions regarding presentation requirements? Make a comment in the comments section of this post.
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