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2001/09/29

Yesterday I continued to add doors and windows to my ArchiCAD model. I also added a cathedral ceiling made from a roof and slabs underneath. I then had a real model of the building to manipulate that was more or less accurate. That is, it corresponded fairly well with the manual drawings, except the deck is still missing and the sloping terrain and the way the building sits on it is undone. The fireplace was a lot of fun. I printed the plan and numerous elevations and orthogonal cutaways, but eventually I ran out of time and patience with the crashes and freezes.

Yesterday morning I ventured out to the Yacht Club and painted Johnston Pier. The result is a charmer because of the shorebirds on the beach, which I interpreted as a few white flecks. You'd have to know what they are to appreciate them, and there's no capturing the friendly peeps and the group motions in the advancing and receding tiny waves of the harbor.
posted by TT 10:08 AM

2001/09/27

Apart from the frustration of adding windows and doors manually is the frustration of doing it in ArchiCAD. Yikes, it snaps to what I don't want. It spaces to what I don't want. The doors and windows don't look like what I want. What trim? The protection key fails to work about every five minutes. This is not a professional tool I might be too quick to say. And all of this after I wrote the following nice thing to Computer Graphics World on terrorism:

The first thing that I think of is contingency planning in
architecture. We already model projects the size of the World Trade
Center. Now, to take the typical thinking of a software engineer who is
protecting an encryption system, for example, from attack, the architect or
his engineering consultants should be able to subject the virtual building
to any attack. Will the building withstand fire, or will it melt and
pancake? Will the building withstand assault from projectiles, bulldozers
and the like? Can it withstand hurricane winds and 8.0 Richter
earthquakes? Can occupants exit safely? Will places of refuge provide
just that? Name a credible threat. Can the building withstand it per
code? Name an incredible threat. How will the building perform even then?

Dream on, dear Toph!

posted by TT 5:50 PM

2001/09/24

Windows and doors to country house on plan for redraw and redraw. Need to show on each and every exterior and interior elevation. Life is too short.

Yesterday was a great day en plein air, with a group of maybe nine excellent "plain air" painters at the beach. I have a good one from last week, and I keep the first one of Johnston Pier with me. You have to find the guy that looks like a fisherman painting away in some parking lot to buy it though. Ecommerce is coming. Oh boy, tell your friends.
posted by TT 7:00 PM

2001/09/23

Here we are fighting a war over the love of God or lack thereof. Sin, estrangement. When do we be still and pray in peace? Sooner or later.
posted by TT 11:00 AM

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