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SketchUp – Lecture 5

Architectural students learn to create a site in SketchUp using the Sandbox tools or simple elevation drawing skills. Then, we learn about a French architect, Odile Decq and create Studio Odile Decq’s Saint Ange residency building in SketchUp.
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Architecture

SketchUp – Lecture 2

SketchUp Pro 21 for Beginners: How to rotate, mirror/flip along, group, build a pyramid and a dome.

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Architecture

SketchUp – Lecture 1

In Lecture 1 I present the basic tools of SketchUp using two main tool bars: the Large Tool Set and the Views tab. This introduction to SketchUp is 15 minutes.

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Architecture

Fairmont State University | Mayfield Lecture 2021

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About Me Architecture

The Profession to Academia

I am fortunate to have been offered a teaching position at Fairmont State University last fall.

Live the life you want to be living, and this will become your life. As I wanted to become a better architect, draw more, and allow creativity into my daily practice, I found this opportunity to grow through academia. This semester I am teaching both freshman and seniors, who in four years have different expectations of their work. They approach the work of creativity by different means. Freshmen are getting comfortable starting a process, of drawing for example, without knowing what the end result may be. Seniors may be expecting something of their project result, and may want to reach the end too quickly to be able to present a final project during critique.

It makes me wonder about the profession as a whole, teaching students of architecture to work in a profession that doesn’t lend itself to much exploration through the process. The idea of architectural service is becoming more engaged in the voice of a large community. Architects are more collaborator than singular practitioners. Where does this taught ability of exploration find itself in the professional world? As an architect who has been managing large projects for the last few years, my role in the office has become one of a coordinator, and not a person who produces the work directly by drawing. I engage others to draw, explore, and build the set we will use to bid and construct the project. Collaboration means that a lot of time is spent emailing to remind consultants, calling the owner to keep the lines of communication clear, organizing and hosting 5-hour long phone calls so that all of the designers (interior, graphic, landscape, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, energy consultants, etc.) may be listening to one another in order to work together. It is not the work I was doing to get my degree. In a communities’ mind, the value of an architect has shifted. While we have an understanding of code compliancy and structural limits, the value of providing a built aesthetic is waining.

As my position of being an architect changes, new opportunities present themselves. Instead of only offering a service as an architect, my perceived abilities now include teaching architecture. How lucky am I to get back to the source of my interest? My research process includes reading, writing, and drawing. To share this with people of different perspectives is a joy. In the next week I will be discussing Smart Cities with the senior students of Fairmont State University. This is in response to Architect magazine’s article here. What is a Smart City to you? Does it include more or less of the available technology we have today?

The process of finding that architecture school teaches a student is a valuable life lesson.

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Architecture Building Sustainably Environmental

Sustainable Products

Living, Eating, Sleeping, Cleaning, Working:

This is what we are doing in our homes and work places.

Over the past few year I have come closer to defining my work, and the impact with my career as it relates to what I believe in the overall well-being of myself, those who are close to me, and the world. As an architect I believe that I have an opportunity to help people evaluate their current life situations and suggest a different way that they may use their space or acquire a new place.

I promote using what you own, and self-sufficiency. In our Green-saturated world of products, if you build new, I promote using those items for your own health-sake and to abide by nature’s given sequence.

Below is an Interiors Matrix that I have developed in hopes to allow people who want to afford products that are local, good to breathe around, and sturdy, the ability to do so.

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Flooring –

Aluminum Floor Tile Eco Friendy Flooring, Madison WI

Daltile Rittenhouse Subway Tiles

Altro Healthcare Flooring

CentreMills Antique Floors

Conklin’s Vintage Wood – NE Pa

Aged Wood Antique Flooring in York PA

Sylvan Brandt Reclaimed Wood PA

The Woods Company PA

EcoTimber Artemis

Goodwin Heart Pine Micanopy, FL

Fritz Tile Texas

Stone Eco Friendy Flooring, Madison WI

Eco-Terr Slab / Tile Floors

SileStone Tiles

Cork Click by Natural Cork           Artemis

EnviroGlass in Plano Texas  http://www.enviroglasproducts.com/

Lascaux Tile – Decoritive

Forbo Marmoleum   Stout Carpet Mt. Lebannon 412 563 5600

Forbo Marmoleum  Click 1’x3’    Artemis

Forbo Marmoleum  Click 1’x1’    Artemis

Forbo Marmoleum Sheet             Artemis

Forbo Composition Tile 13”x13” Artemis

Earth Weave Carpet Dalton, Georgia

Interface Carpet Tile  InterfaceFlor

FLOR Modular Tiles Artemis

Flexco Flextuft (rubber tile best outdoor apl.) Bennet

Flexco Tuflex (rubber tile best outdoor apl.) Bennet

Cast Basalt Tile     Artemis

Warm Board

4 x 8 x 1 particle, Recycled Wheat /Straw Plywood

Dragon Fly Bamboo Flooring

Nice Flooring Website – Amtico

Vermont Natural Coating

Mapei Floor Sealer

AFM Safecoat Stains / Sealers

Stained Concrete Radiant Floors 15622 zip

Radiantec

Warmly Yours

Hannel Radiant Direct

Uponor Radient Floors

Heated & Chilled Raised Floors by Lindner

Armstrong Standard Excelon VCT

Shaw Carpet, Anso Nylon

Trim –

Stained Wood Base 5 ½”

Lewislp Reclaimed Trim in Picture Rocks, Pa

Wood Crown

Johnsonite Contour Base

Mdf Base Sierra Pine

Roppe Eco Effects

Forbo Base

Stock Pine 9/16” x 4 ½”

Walls –

American Clay  Artemis & EcoSupply

Trove Wallpaper & Printed Wood Veneer

Fashion Wallcovering

Altro Healthcare Wall Surface

Wall Coverng by Grahm Brown www.grahambrown.com

MDC Wallcovering IL

Carnegie xorele (sustainable wallcovering)

Grass Cloth (asian grasses)

Ppg Primer & 2 Finish coats

Farrow Ball  http://www.farrow-ball.com

BioShield Paint www.biosieldpaint.com

Tabrasa Low VOC Dry Erase Paint

Green Series Caulk  www.greenseries.com

Red Devil Caulk  www.reddevil.com

Modular Arts Wall Panels

3 Form – Translucent Panels / Partitions

Echo Recycled Glass Tile from Crossville Wa

Recycled Glass Tile Eco Friendy Flooring, Madison WI

Surface Materials 

Daltile Rittenhouse Subway Tiles

Ellen Blakeley NJ, manuf. Where?

Aluminum Floor Tile Eco Friendy Flooring, Madison WI

Walker Zanger Tile

VMZinc

Colored Stainless Steel sh@millenniumtiles.com

NovaCork 4’x8’ sheet                  Bennet Supply

Design Wall 4’x8’ sheet               Bennet Supply

Burlap 4’x8’ sheet                          Bennet Supply

Nyloboard (rec.cpt)                    Artemis

3/4″, 5/8″, 3/8″ X 4 X 8 sheets and beadboard

Used for outdoor app. garage doors, rainscreens & pergolas.

Plyboo, Plywood & Sheet Goods                Artemis

Kirei, Sorghum Board, Coconut Panels      Artemis

Sunflower Seed Board, Wheatboard            Artemis

Wedi Board for shower 3’x3’       Artemis

Eco-Cem Panel

Kliptec Exterior Surfaces

Nichiha Exterior Panels

Fresh face on Concrete Panels

Standing Seam Metal Roof & Exterior Walls

www.haarchitects.com Light-in in brick ties

2 x 6 Stud, GWB, Batt insulation

Zip System by Huber Engineered Woods

Cement Siding   James Hardie Bldg. Supply

Fiber Cement Board

Green Screen Plant Trellis

Green Screen

Ice Block

Solarbord osb w/ reflective foil – Roof / wall Sheating

DenShield Moisture resistant by Georgia Pacific for Tile Backer

Insulation

Weka – Wool insulation through Artemis

Ultra Touch Cotton  Gray Group, Altoona Pa 814.949.0371

Bonded Logic

EcoBatt

Greensulate by Ecovative Design

Cell Pak Blow in Insulation KY

Green Fiber Loose Fill Insulation

Icynene Spray Foam formaldehyde-free

Stains & Finishes –

AFM Safecoat paint and Caulking www.aftmsafecoat.com

Quartz Lock Grout at Dal-Tile Pittsburgh #169  412 787 2040

Bulkhead –

Studs & Gwb with Paint

Casework & Work Surface –

Gouldsberry Cabinet Shop Middle Grave Crk Moundsville, WV 26041 (304) 845-3466

Products Online

Valcucine

Richlite EcoSupply

Subterra Cork             EcoSupply

Paperstone -1”std   Artemis

ShetkaSTONE www.shetkastone.com in Le Center, MN

Cement based w/ recycled content:

Ice Stone

VitraStone

Lithistone

Vetrazzo Color Palet

Squak Mountain Stone

Epoxy/Resin based w/ recycled content:

Alkemi

Eco-Terr www.eco-terr.net

EnviroGlass in Plano Texas

Sand Hill Industries Recycled Glass in Idaho

Subterra Cork

Solid Surface:

Silestone – eased edge – Distributor Vangura, 81 miles, pa

Sierra Pine MDF – Fmld.free ½” 4’x8’ sheet Beth B @ Bennet

Sierra Pine MDF – Fmld.free ¾” 4’x8’ sheet Beth B @ Bennet

Corian

Wilsonart

Formica Signature

Wilsonart Laminate

Formica Laminate

Cambria Quartz Countertop – at Famous and Lowes

Quartz Countertop, Eco by Conentino – made of 75% recycled material and bound by corn oil resin

At Famous Supply & Shuttler

CaesarStone CaesarStone Motivo, wall Tile

Shelving

Eco-Terr Slab countertop

Eco-Cem Panel For cabinetry face

Staron Solid Surface – Acrylic solid surface with recycled content. Found at Home Depot.

Holiday Kitchens – Wisconsin Cabinet company

Kliptec surfaces

Doors / Frames and Hardware –

Handmade Cabinetry Knobs       Artemis

Eleek Door Handles / Pulls / Switchplates

Spectra Hardware

Valcucine

EcoBuilt Garage Doors by www.overheaddoor.com

Larson Juhl Photo Frames

Atlas Homewares

Ceiling –

Acoustic Plaster System Pyrok Inc, NY

2 x 2 Jute ACT  by Armstrong

Heated & Chilled Metal Ceilings

Sustainably Harvested / Repurposed Wood Plank Ceiling

Conklin’s Beams – Vintage Wood – NE Pa

Corrugated Aluminum

Furniture –

Green Grove Design AZ

Salvage Shops:

Oldegoodthings.com

Arch.emporium, Adams Ave. in Cannonsburg Pa

Construction Junction, Lexington Ave., Pittsburgh

Who’s New 5156 Butler StreetPittsburgh, PA  who-new.com

Bedrock Industries

Mattresses & Linens

www.lifekind.com

www.savingrest.com

www.earthsake.com

www.goodnightnaturals.com

Stool www.vivaterra.com

Sage in Design Furniture

Some Sustainable Furniture from All Steel

davisfurniture.com from rep Lisa Tomasovich

tuohyfurniture.com from rep Lisa Tomasovich

Bernhardt – at Macys and Today’s Home in Pittsburgh

Organic Towels  bedside manor

Furniture by Lee

Equipment–

Excel Dryer

Whirlpool Energy Star Dryer

Amish wash tumble

Stoves –

Blaze King Industries

Elmira Stoveworks

Jotul

Fabric / Curtains / Shades –

Designtex

Exterior Designer Shades

Mecho Shade (Interior / Exterior)

Lutron (Interior / Exterior)

Earth Shade www.earthshade.com

Arc-Com Fabrics        Artemis

Brentano Fabrics        Artemis

Solucent Exterior Shades by Cambridge Architectural

Dressage and Strata by Conrad UV Shades of Natural Fibers

Fabric by Distinctly Duralee

Curtain Works

Lighting –

Eleek Sconces, Ceiling, Table & Floor          Artemis

Charles Loomis Lighting Cabin

SolaTube

Exterior – Sternberg Lighting

Insight Lighting – Compact-5 Hanging Fluorescent and EX-5 Linear Fluorescent

Partitions –

Lumicor Recycled content

Plumbing –

Clean Grey Water System by Hansgrohe

Black Water by WET

Sinks by Eleek   Artemis

James Hardie rain Cistern

Tankless heater

Hybrid Energy Touchless Faucet by Kohler

Signange –

Energy Usage & Equipment –

Solar Hot Water

Solar Attic Fan  Artemis

Climate Master Geothermal

Solar Thermal System (Solar Hot water heating) by Apricus

Wood Stoves

Radiant Floors

Misc. Finishes –

Masland silk carpets                       Artemis

AFM Safecoat Paint                       Artemis

Durostain                                       Artemis

AFM Naturals line of oil wax       Artemis

Sealent – OSI Green series            Artemis

Osmo OIl wax (atl. to stain)        Artemis

Garuda Woven Rugs

Eleek Hardware

Upcycled Accessories by Mothology

Rugs by Roubini

Home Decorators – Rugs

Windows –

Serious Logic Window Systems

Roofing –

Metal Galvalume roofing

Semper Green Green Roof

Carlisle Roof Gardnes

Site –

Soil Retention Plantable Concrete Systems

Compost Pail

Recycled Plastic Lumber for Planters/ outdoor furniture

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I believe in quality over quantity. There are many products that are competitive to other non-sustainable products in price, and I think in the long run that if the price of things drive us to act or not, then we should evaluate our values again. If something is too expensive then it is probably not necessary, in our country, in America.  When we buy cheap products, cheap food, cheap clothes, too much too often, it is always at the cost of something!

~ Conceptual Work with the Online Green Design Team below~

Other recent products I’ve found:

Upcycled Accessories by Mothology.

Furniture made by artisans at McGuire in San Francisco.

Furniture by Bernhardt at Macys and Today’s Home in Pittsburgh.

Bath Mat of handwoven vetiver root fibers by Gaiam.

Ever Heard of Affordable Comfort?

Look into Deep Energy Reductions and Thousand Home Challenge for more on affordable comfort!

My contact is Linda Wiggington, who is the founder, though her main work now is on 2 initiatives: “Deep Energy Reductions” and “Thousand Home Challenge” listed on this page here.

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Free Cycle

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Architecture

Architectural Materials in the Garden

Views and Vistas

Materials in the Garden

Outdoor Rooms below the canopies of Virginia Spruce or Katsura Trees left for 100 years.

Pathways and Places, Edges and Boundaries

Garden Ornaments

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Photos by P and K
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Mayfield Lecture 2016

Join the Architecture department at Fairmont State University this Thursday, October 20th to listen about the life and work of Julie Beckman, architect of the 911 Pentagon Memorial.

The reception will begin at 6 in the Engineering Technology building on campus (#20 on this map.) The lecture begins at 7pm.

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Architecture Beer around West Virginia

Details of Fairmont West Virginia

It was a nice Saturday to enjoy a West Virginia town along the river. Details from many of the buildings caught my eye. Enjoy it for yourself by visiting Fairmont, West Virginia. I suggest stopping by the local Joe N’ Throw for a brew of any kind. The place is filled with a few students and older locals, but I found a free table for my own peace and quiet for a few hours.

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Bakers Wine Cellar – Morgantown

A street view by Google offers a lively account of what the corner of High and Pleasant Street already look like in downtown Morgantown, WV. With Tin 202 keeping the corner alive into the night, the hip residents that frequent the Real Juice Bar, Black Bear or the Co-Op by day now have another venue to look forward to. The surrounding area has continued in the last few years to be revitalized and the owners of the popular night spot, Tin 202,  have decided to keep on renovating their own block. The owners, alongside of head chef Josh, hope to open a lunch/cafe and wine tasting bar that will offer craft cheeses, meats, and more.

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The Mills Group has been asked to help with this renovation, and we’ve started by describing the desired scene in sketch.

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Once inside, the two new storefronts will be opened up to one another. The left side will have a craft-food retail area and extend into the new dining room space next door. In the market, a large kitchen will be open throughout the length of the space so that customers shopping for special meats and cheese, may see exactly how their food is being prepared.

 

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Sketches turn into floor plans and details. Then, we begin to assign materials that can be shared with the client to assure them that the space appears and functions the way they need it to. The initial sketches become construction documents with which contractors may begin to be involved in the collaboration. We’ll keep you posted so that you can plan to sit, sip and sketch in the newest space in Morgantown too!