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Customization

Customization
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Chinese apartment buildings have a great deal of owner modification apparent on their exteriors, particularly in the case of the older ones. The preference is towards more useable space though it doesn’t seem to matter if this space is open or closed. One downside is that bathroom windows can become partially or wholly internal. With […]

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Perspective

Perspective
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Time In much the same way as English speakers say “The Renaissance” or “The Middle Ages” to denote an era and the events associated with it, Chinese people use the names of dynasties to comprehend the history of their country. We’ve all heard terms like The Ming Dynasty or The Tang Dynasty – usually with respect […]

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Learning From Shikumen

Learning From Shikumen
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In 2003 I produced a small proposal to fit several two-bedroom houses onto a small site somewhere in Kent, UK. I wanted to design only one house with arbitrary window positions so the houses could be rotated and clustered on the triangular plot. This is it. It could be a row house with windows only […]

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Art Vacuum

Art Vacuum
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In the 1980s when video was beginning to become popular, there was a Korean American video artist called Nam June Paik. He was one of the first to see artistic potential in this new medium that wasn’t film. Once, when asked about the difference between film and video, he was quoted as saying “Film is […]

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The Future of BIM as an Active Driver of Industry Change (Part 2)

The Future of BIM as an Active Driver of Industry Change (Part 2)
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RECAP: The first part of this post ended with an overview of how roles within the building design and construction industry have changed to streamline the process but with competition for control of the BIM model. This is not control for control’s sake but can be justified in terms of higher quality, quicker response to […]

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The Future of BIM as an Active Driver of Industry Change

The Future of BIM as an Active Driver of Industry Change
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This, the first post of 2022 is a joint effort between Mohammad Saad Ahmad, an Estimator at Versus Construction in the Greater New York City area and myself. In our respective ways, we are both industry observers. We’ve all watched BIM become mainstream and our relationship to it evolve and but, until even until relatively […]

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Expectations Exceeded

Expectations Exceeded
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The term expectations exceeded is frequently heard in academia, usually describing the inevitable outcome of some program or course assessment. The implication is that already high expectations were more than satisfied but, less frequently, the term can also be used to indicate that low expectations were exceeded. This post is about instances where someone has […]

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My Best Shots

My Best Shots
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There’s not all that many. I’m not a photographer and don’t think of myself as one even though we all take pictures now. The last dedicated digital camera I had died in 2015 when I was in New York. I went to the Fifth Avenue Apple store and upgraded my iPhone. The selection of photographs […]

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Waste in China

Waste in China
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The principles are the same as everywhere else. 1 Reduce 1.1 Reduce consumptionThe best way to deal with waste is to generate very little of it and the most immediate and effective way of doing this is to reduce consumption. It was recently reported that the government of China is drafting a law that would […]