Normally there is only one post every week, but there is going to be a small exception to this rule that we have and make another post. The reason why I am doing this exception is because if i post this next week it is going to be already too late.

Yesterday I received an announcement on me e-mail about a lecture that will be taking place in London South Bank University regarding Building Information Modelling.

You would think that this is not as important as it sounds or that you are fed up attending to evening lectures that are not directly connected to your course etc., but that might change your mind when you learn that this lecture is actually committed by RIBA.

The fact that the lecture is sponsored by RIBA doesn't mean that it's the only reason for somebody to attend. Building Information Modelling is the new technology that professionals in the construction industry will be using for collaborating in a project with a lot of people. It is very important for students to get to know about BIM and learn to use it in their projects as it is going to be a highly required skill in the future.

The event will take place in Keyworth Centre Building at London South Bank University on the 5th of December at 19:30.

To register for attendance you need to send an e-mail at ribasouthlondonbranch@gmail.com
There is going to be an entrance fee of £5. Even though everyone would prefer to go for free, five pounds is not that much to spend.

Spacemaker VR

Scrolling down my FaceBook news feed, I came across a blog post by ArchDaily about a new way to present your BIM models to your clients.

The Spacemaker VR is a new way to present your projects and designs to your clients making them feel the exact space of your design as well as feel like they are in it. It can view any of your 3D files such as .3ds, .ac, .bsp, .dae, .dwg, .dxf, .fbx, .flt, .gem, .geo, .iv, .ive, .lw, .lwo, .lws, .logo, .md2, .obj, .ogr, .osg, .shp, .sta, .stl, .wrl, .x.

The software comes with oculus goggles where you can view the model. By moving your head up and down, and any direction the model also moves. That way the new technology will give the viewer the sense of space. The software together with the oculus goggles costs approximately £300 ($500).

View the video below to get a better idea on how the new technology works.

The Details of Modern Architecture Volume 1 & 2

Two books that are great to add in your collection is definitely The Details of Modern Architecture. It comes in two volumes, the first volume covers the period 1890-1932 and the second volume covers the period between 1928-1988. Both of the books were published in 2003.

The author, Edward R. Ford, provides comprehensive analysis of both the technical and the aesthetic importance of details in the development of architecture as well as explaining the detailing and construction techniques that distort, camouflage, or enhance a building. He discusses critical details from a technical and contextual standpoint, considering how they perform how they add to or detract from the building as a whole, and how some have persisted and been adapted through time.

Engineering & Construction Recruitment Exhibition 2013

The Engineering & Construction Recruitment Exhibition is going to take place in Birmingham in the 29th and 30th of November.

It is a great opportunity for students and  young professionals to break into the business as a lot of recruiters are going to be there.

For more information about the event visit: http://goo.gl/gnkWDm

You need to register (open an account) with https://www.engineerjobs.co.uk/ and you are going to receive a registration code through e-mail, make sure you save it as they are going to require that in the entrance.

Venue Adress:

Hall 11
National Exhibition Centre
B40 1NT

The Bauhaus Movement

After a long time of posting, this post will be discussing the Bauhaus movement. You would think why an Architectural Technologist would care about the movements in the history of architecture, but in fact an Architectural Technician is like an Architect meets Engineer meets Surveyor etc.

Therefore a Technician needs to know about the previous movements in the history of architecture in order to be able to design, and since the Bauhaus movement was all about marrying technology and design.

The Bauhaus movement is, however, very connected with the technology of architecture and design as it aimed to combine crafts and arts together. It was mainly about designing furniture and different home items using steel structure and technologies that could make the life of an occupier much easier, in a way.

The Bauhaus Institute in Weimar
Walter Gropius was the founder of the Bauhaus movement in Weimar, Germany in 1919. The aim that Gropius had was to connect art, design and the industry of architecture. The Bauhaus was a school where students both theoretical and practical learning. Part of practical learning was ceramics, mural, stained glass, typography and even dance and theatre was part of the students’ learning. The idea was to design and manufacture beautiful and practical products. Gropius was inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th and early 20th century and Gropius aimed to bring artists and craftspeople together.

The reason why Gropius wanted to build a bridge between craftspeople and artists is because machines would be used a lot in the future and therefore he wanted to embrace technological developments.

The interior of the Bauhaus school in Dessau
Image taken by Matthew G. Beall Photography | Bauhaus Sairs and Windows | 2012
The Ministry of Education placed the staff on six months contracts and cut the fundings to half, that led to the closure of the Bauhaus, which was announced from the end of March 1925. After that the Bauhaus school moved to Dessau.

The movement of the school from Weimar to Dessau affected the direction of the school on a high level. Walter Gropius chose Hennes Meyer to be the next director in 1928 of the school, which he would later regret this decision. The new director of the school encouraged the design of wallpapers and textiles, lamps and furniture. Meyer, later on created a big conflict by forcing the resignation of few instructors of the school as well as encouraging the formation of a Communist student organization, involving the school to be part of political differences that were taking place at that time in Germany. This became a threat to the existence of the school as well as the personal safety of the students and the staff. Gropius eventually fired Hennes Meyer in 1930 due to a sexual scandal that Meyer was involved in with one of his students.

The third and last director of the Bauhaus was Ludwig Mies van der Rohe where he managed to eliminate the politics and brought back the basic principles of the Bauhaus and was moved to Berlin. The school was closed in April of 1933 and in July of the same year the master’s council decided not to reopen the institute due to the conditions caused by the National Socialists because of the many and sometimes politically desperate compromises in the past years.

Barcelona Chair: A typical example of a Bauhaus work by Mies van der Rohe
After the closure of the institute and the end of the movement’s era, the Bauhaus wasn’t completely erased from history. In 1999 the Bauhaus Dessau College organized postgraduate programs that was accepting international participants. It has been supported ever since from the Bauhaus-Dessau Foundation, a public institution founded in 1994. But it doesn’t end there, the American Art School rediscovered the Bauhaus school. The Master Craftsman Program in Florida bases its artistic philosophy on Bauhaus.

The Bauhaus movement also had a massive impact in architecture, mainly in Western Europe, USA and Israel. The openness, clean lines and simplicity described the Bauhaus as ‘the international style’, which influenced generations of architects along side with other movements such as De Stijl and the Russian Avant Garde. Ever since the movement, the machine was considered as a positive element, as industrial and product design were important components, as well as being one of the most important contributors in the field of modern furniture design producing furniture using modern technology, an important example is the Barcelona Chair by Mies van der Rohe as also referred previously, which is one of the most iconic pieces of the Bauhaus that illustrated the bridging between art, design and machine production.