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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Review Questions: Building Utilities 08

Part 8 of Building Utilities Quiz. Enjoy! For incorrect answers, click (+ show previous question).


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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Review Questions: Building Utilities 07

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Here's Building Utilities Quiz 07.

There will be 15 questions randomly picked from a database of 40 questions.
Each time you take the quiz, there will be different questions appearing. Enjoy!!!



Take the Exam again HERE.
Large screen setup HERE
SHOULD YOU NOTICE ANY DISCREPANCIES IN THE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS POSSIBLY DUE TO HUMAN TYPOGRAPHICAL ERROR, PLEASE NOTIFY US ASAP (PROVIDE COMMENTS). THANK YOU!!!

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UTILITIES

A. Rationale and Description
     1. Understanding of the basic practices, principles, general design and installation and/or construc-tion of utilities required for a building/ struc¬ture and its grounds/premises;
     2. Understanding and analyses of utility, facility, and equipment require¬ments in relation to aesthetics, function, and stability of a building/ structure and its pre¬mises.

B.  Terminal Competencies for LEA Candidates
     1. Ability to identify and apply the fundamentals of building utilities and systems;
     2. Ability to apply fundamental concepts and principles covering the general design and installation of electrical, mechanical, electronic/ communications, fire protection, building management, plumbing and sanitary systems, waste management systems, and the like in buildings and its grounds, consistent with trade practices and recommendations by the pertinent professionals;
     3. Ability to applies the pertinent code provisions relative to the planning/ lay-outing, design, installation, operation and maintenance of such utility systems and their components; 
     4. Ability to converse and coordinate with the professionals and their staff concerned with such utility systems and components;
     5. Ability to apply the basic principles of planning, designing, operating and maintaining such utility systems and components;
     6. Ability to identify and to apply  the different important aspects of acoustics and lighting as these relate to planning and design principles for buildings/ structures and their grounds; and
     7. Ability to relate the psychological and physiological effects of such utility systems, sound and light on building occupants/ end-users.

C. Scope
Design and construction and/or installation of the following utility systems and their respective components:
     1. Sanitary and Plumbing Systems and Equipment
          a. Source, storage, supply and distribu¬tion;
          b. Plumbing rough-in and fixtures;
          c. Drainage and sewerage systems; and
          d. Waste collection, disposal, treatment and/or recycling.
     2. Mechanical Systems
          a. Heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems;
          b. Conveyors and other building mechanical equipment e.g. elevators, funiculars, escalators, walkalators, etc.;
     3. Electrical and Other Power Systems
          a. Electrical power and lighting supply, distribution and fixtures; and
          b. Electrical power source and alternative power sources.
     4. Acoustics and Illumination
          a. The psycho-physics of acoustics and lighting; and
          b. Acoustical treatment and corrections.
     5. Disaster Prevention and Protection Systems; Security Systems
          a. Building fire-fighting, prevention, and protection apparatus;
          b. Installation and/or construction of the different protection systems;
          c. Materials and fixtures; and
         d. Disaster prevention and mitigation systems.
     6. Communication Systems
          a. Electronics system; and
          b. Telephone, intercom, internet/ DSL, cable TV, audio/video facilities, public address (PA) system, etc.
     7. Building management and other systems
          a. Climate/ lighting/ security controls and related applications for buildings/ structures;
          b. Robotics and related intelligent building features.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises by Architecture for Humanity

The greatest humanitarian challenge we face today is that of providing shelter. Currently one in seven people lives in a slum or refugee camp, and more than 3,000,000,000 people--nearly half the world's population--do not have access to clean water or adequate sanitation. The physical design of our homes, neighborhoods and communities shapes every aspect of our lives. Yet too often architects are desperately needed in the places where they can least be afforded.

Edited by Architecture for Humanity and now in its third printing, Design Like You Give a Damn is a compendium of innovative projects from around the world that demonstrate the power of design to improve lives. The first book to bring the best of humanitarian architecture and design to the printed page, Design Like You Give a Damn offers a history of the movement toward socially conscious design, and showcases more than 80 contemporary solutions to such urgent needs as basic shelter, healthcare, education and access to clean water, energy and sanitation.

Design Like You Give a Damn
is an indispensable resource for designers and humanitarian organizations charged with rebuilding after disaster and engaged in the search for sustainable development. It is also a call to action to anyone committed to building a better world.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Bahay Pinoy Design Competition Winners announced

Winners of the "Bahay Pinoy" Bamboo House Design Competition were declared today, March 19, 2009, after three days of jury deliberations.

The winners were chosen from among 31 entries for the professional division and from 43 entries for the student/graduate category. Semi-finalist were chosen on the first day of judging and the final three chosen on the last day of judging. The sealed envelope containing the names of the winners were opened after the winning entries were chosen. (from Bahay Pinoy)

The jury is composed of the following:
Arch. Cristina Turalba - Chairman
Engr. Willie Segovia
Arch. Amado de Jesus
Arch. Mike Guerrero
Arch. Renato Herray
Arch. Luisa Daya-Garcia

In addition to the three winners for the professional division, the jury also decided to award a Special Citation for Innovativeness/Creativity to one entry which showed very significant design innovation.

The results are the following:

CATEGORY I-ARCHITECT (PROFESSIONAL)

First Place: Arch. Elaine Marie Sarmiento (Diliman Chapter)





Second Place: Arch. Ted Villamor Inocencio (Sta. Mesa Chapter)





Third Place: Arch. Diego Rimando (Baguio Chapter)





Special Jury Citation for Innovativeness: Archts. John Patrick Anthony Buensalido; Ernesto Medrano, Raymond Balmes;Marie Boncan; Emereauldine Eliseo; Nathan Fabe; Ysrael Guy; Bayani dela Pasion (Alabang Chapter)





CATEGORY II - STUDENT/GRADUATE:

First Place: Dorey Dee M. Balisi (graduate of UST-2008)





Second Place: Lea Constancia Cruz; Andrea Janzen Santos; Donna Veronica Rabe; Verna Lucia Sarraga; Alyanna Ignacio ( Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila)





Third Place: Lovelian Reyes; Brian Bayona; Paulo Jose; Rannie Sherman; Bon Campana; Ryan Mariano (Mapua Institute of Technology)





The winners will proceed to Phase 2 of the competition where they will work on the presentaion boards on 20"x30" illustration boards (see deliverables).
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Review Questions: Building Utilities 06

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Create Your Badge

Here's Building Utilities Quiz 06.

There will be 15 questions randomly picked from a database of 40 questions.
Each time you take the quiz, there will be different questions appearing. Enjoy!!!



Take the Exam again HERE.
Large screen setup HERE
SHOULD YOU NOTICE ANY DISCREPANCIES IN THE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS POSSIBLY DUE TO HUMAN TYPOGRAPHICAL ERROR, PLEASE NOTIFY US ASAP (PROVIDE COMMENTS). THANK YOU!!!

To learn more, enroll in our Architecture Board Exams Review Courses. Click HERE for details.

Try other Arki Quizzes HERE
UTILITIES

A. Rationale and Description
     1. Understanding of the basic practices, principles, general design and installation and/or construc-tion of utilities required for a building/ struc¬ture and its grounds/premises;
     2. Understanding and analyses of utility, facility, and equipment require¬ments in relation to aesthetics, function, and stability of a building/ structure and its pre¬mises.

B.  Terminal Competencies for LEA Candidates
     1. Ability to identify and apply the fundamentals of building utilities and systems;
     2. Ability to apply fundamental concepts and principles covering the general design and installation of electrical, mechanical, electronic/ communications, fire protection, building management, plumbing and sanitary systems, waste management systems, and the like in buildings and its grounds, consistent with trade practices and recommendations by the pertinent professionals;
     3. Ability to applies the pertinent code provisions relative to the planning/ lay-outing, design, installation, operation and maintenance of such utility systems and their components; 
     4. Ability to converse and coordinate with the professionals and their staff concerned with such utility systems and components;
     5. Ability to apply the basic principles of planning, designing, operating and maintaining such utility systems and components;
     6. Ability to identify and to apply  the different important aspects of acoustics and lighting as these relate to planning and design principles for buildings/ structures and their grounds; and
     7. Ability to relate the psychological and physiological effects of such utility systems, sound and light on building occupants/ end-users.

C. Scope
Design and construction and/or installation of the following utility systems and their respective components:
     1. Sanitary and Plumbing Systems and Equipment
          a. Source, storage, supply and distribu¬tion;
          b. Plumbing rough-in and fixtures;
          c. Drainage and sewerage systems; and
          d. Waste collection, disposal, treatment and/or recycling.
     2. Mechanical Systems
          a. Heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems;
          b. Conveyors and other building mechanical equipment e.g. elevators, funiculars, escalators, walkalators, etc.;
     3. Electrical and Other Power Systems
          a. Electrical power and lighting supply, distribution and fixtures; and
          b. Electrical power source and alternative power sources.
     4. Acoustics and Illumination
          a. The psycho-physics of acoustics and lighting; and
          b. Acoustical treatment and corrections.
     5. Disaster Prevention and Protection Systems; Security Systems
          a. Building fire-fighting, prevention, and protection apparatus;
          b. Installation and/or construction of the different protection systems;
          c. Materials and fixtures; and
         d. Disaster prevention and mitigation systems.
     6. Communication Systems
          a. Electronics system; and
          b. Telephone, intercom, internet/ DSL, cable TV, audio/video facilities, public address (PA) system, etc.
     7. Building management and other systems
          a. Climate/ lighting/ security controls and related applications for buildings/ structures;
          b. Robotics and related intelligent building features.

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The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live by Sarah Susanka

In The Not So Big House, respected architect Sarah Susanka and coauthor Kira Obolensky address our affinity for the "smaller, more personal spaces" and propose "clear, workable guidelines for creating homes that serve both our spiritual needs and our material requirements." The heart of the not-so-big house--which is not "just a small house ... [but] a smaller house," that uses "less space to give greater quality of life," and is designed to not only "accommodate the lifestyles of its occupants" but also to express "our values and our personalities,"

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Cirrus MVR by Michael Trudgeon

cirrus-mvr-1

Winner of the 2008 awards of the Reese Bathroom Innovation in Australia is this innovative and highly space-conscious bathroom designed by Michael Trudgeon. Dubbed Cirrus MVR, the luxurious and complete bathroom folds up into a simple and minimalist shelf when not in use and thus saves on space greatly. Its design also allows you to save water that usually wastes. In a world where urban space and pure water are both becoming highly expensive commodities, Cirrus MVR is a wonderful asset that looks modern. - Source

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TAO-Pilipinas Young Professionals Program

Over the past two months TAO welcomed three groups of international delegates participating in various training courses under Lund University’s Housing and Development Management (HDM) Department. This has been the second year that TAO served as local coordinator, facilitating participants’ field visits to housing development sites in Metro Manila to experience what they refer to as “architecture in extreme environments.”
(See TAO website)

In the coming months, TAO will start organizing its own annual training program, the YP Workshop on Social Housing, for local participants. The thematic program for this year’s YP Workshop, set for October 2009, will focus on water and sanitation issues with immersion activities in urban poor communities in Metro Manila. At the end of the project, we hope to form a new batch of committed young professionals to undertake small community projects that will embody the collaborative partnership between the young professionals and communities in need. As we mobilize the resources required for this activity, we’ll also need extra hands to do research work, community technical needs assessments, and sponsorship solicitations. Volunteers are very much welcome to work with us, just email us at yp@tao-pilipinas. org..
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Delaware Valley Green Building Council 2009 Design Competition

The mission of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC) is to advance and promote sustainable and environmentally responsible planning, design, construction and operation of the region’s buildings, landscapes, cities and communities, mindful of the legacy left for future generations.

The local DVGBC Competition is part of the national U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) 2009 Natural Talent Design Competition. Participants will compete in regional competitions across the nation to become local finalists and move on to compete for a national award at Greenbuild, the USGBC’s annual Green Building Conference and Expo. Finalists’ entries will be displayed and final judging will occur at Greenbuild Phoenix in fall of 2009.

All entries must be received by May 4th, 2009 at 12:00pm.
Open to Students (undergraduate and graduate)
No Entry Fee

Awards
- Cash prizes up to $1000 and Greenbuild Stipend available

Competition Website
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Bahamas Design Challenge

The international “Bahamas Custom Home design challenge” architecture competition is a unique opportunity to design a multi-level detached single family home to sit on a 3¼ acre waterfront site in the Bahamas.
The competition will be held in two stages, and judged anonymously in the first stage of Schematic Design. The authors of up to six schemes will be invited to develop their design and enter the second stage for the awarding of the Commission for the design of the building.

Design Brief:
The objective of the architectural competition is the design of a 2 or 3 floor multi-generational home for a husband and wife (in their 50’s), six year old twins (boy and girl), and including two self contained guest apartments for sister-in-law, and another sister-in-law and husband (in their seventies). Additionally two ‘connected’ self contained spaces for live in employees are also required.
The design should be either, Mediterranean, Contemporary, Caribbean or a fusion of all three, while being mindful of a sub-tropic region with tropical summers. (Hot and humid from June through October, with searing sun and torrential rains, and balmy from November – May with occasional cool evenings). The architectural ‘guideline’ for the home design should be one that stimulates and delights with its unique ideas, exotic details and classic emphasis, and harmonizes indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Stage 1
SCHEMATIC DESIGN (anonymous)
* 1st Prize US $12,000.00
* 2nd Prize US $5,000.00
* 3rd Prize US $2,000.00
Stage 2
* 1st Prize Commission/Contract for the detailed design of the building.* Expense paid trip for two (2) to Nassau/Paradise Island. **
* 2nd Prize US $5,000.00
* 3rd Prize US $2,000.00

Free registration
Deadline of submission: April 17 2009
More from the Competition Website
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4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam (IABR) "Squat City Competition"

The 4th IABR 'Open City' is committed to display projects that negotiate between the integrating and segregating forces and enable people of diverse cultures and lifestyles to connect and interact. 'Squat City' is part of the Rotterdam Biennale and deals with the increasingly common phenomenon of informal urban developments all over the world.
The projects submitted for the Squat City Competition should contribute to the agenda of the 'Open City' by proposing inventive design strategies and techniques pertaining to informal urban development.
The call goes out to projects from the fields of architecture and urban design that are based on or that support bottom-up practices and that encourage the self-empowerment of local actors, and that help formalize and legalize such developments.
They qualify by being:
- economically sustainable, e.g. by creating jobs and supporting.
social business
- ecologically and energetically sustainable, e.g. by reducing
waste. or energy and material consumption.
- socially sustainable, e.g. by creating education facilities and
enabling communities to become self-reliant

Competition site here
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Architects Jobs

Here's another site where architects can find employment opportunities.

Visit:
The Architecture Room
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"Ang Pinakamagandang Bahay sa Balat ng Lupa" competition winners

Winners for "Ang Pinakamagandang Bahay sa Balat ng Lupa" 2008 house design competition were chosen from among 35 entries for the Student Category and 44 entries for the Professional Category. The winners for each Category are:

Student Category:
First Place- Laurence Angelo Angeles, Norbert Cornelius Batangan, Jaycee Gopez (graduates of UP-Diliman)
Second Place - Kim Patrick Pullante, Dean Michael Ramos, Don Joseph Sebastian, Marc Angelo Virtucio (undergraduate students of UP-Diliman)
Third Place- Deniece Yusun (graduate of UP-Diliman), Zada S. Ong (graduate of National University of Singapore)
Honorable Mention- Aristotle O. Santiago (graduate of Technological Institute of the Philippines – Manila)

Professional Category:
First Place - John Patrick Anthony L. Buensalido with Marie Veronique Boncan, Emereauldine Eliseo, Nathan Fabe, Ysrael Uy, Raymond John Balmes, Ernesto Medrano Jr. III, Bayan Dela Pasion
Second Place - Nestor Arabejo, Rowena Ramos, Bert Peeters
Third Place - Jose Eduardo G. Calma with Sherwin Abad, Sarah Canlas, Benjamin Mendoza
Honrable Mention - Roger Magsakay


The panel of jurors was composed of:
Ma. Cristina V. Turalba (Jury Chair)
Geronimo V. Manahan, Ph. D.
Jose Pedro Recio
Leon M. Mayo
Jean I. Cornejo

Pictures of the winning entries will be available for public viewing on their website soon (click here).

Awarding and exhibit

The awarding of the prizes for the winners will be on March 31st, 6:30 pm, at the Executive House in UP-Diliman. An exhibit of the winning entries and other notable entries will be arranged in the near future. A monograph of the competition and its winners will also be published very soon.
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Houses: Inside and Out by Mariette Himes Gomez

The award-winning designer and author of Rooms showcases inspiring opportunities for the exteriors, interiors, and details of houses in this lavishly photographed book.
Celebrated designer Mariette Himes Gomez believes that a house becomes a home only when it is infused with personal touches, when its individual parts flow together logically, and when it assumes a warm and welcoming character. In Houses, Gomez begins by inviting readers to consider the many elements that unify a house. She reveals how each detail—from the doors, fireplaces, and staircase, to the more conceptual elements of balance, color, and movement—contribute to the home's overall aesthetic, and how each can be combined to create a certain effect. She provides practical guidelines for building, buying, or renovating to create the perfect home, while illustrating how to instill flow and harmony in your overall design. Subscribing to the philosophy that less is more, Gomez reveals how to create homes of unparalleled beauty and grace.
Complementing Gomez's invaluable advice are stunning photographs of the interiors, exteriors, and details of breathtaking houses in a variety of gorgeous settings. An inspirational guide for every design-minded home buyer, builder, or renovator, Houses illuminates the world of possibility that opens up when you create your own home.

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A unique village in Azerbaijan

Here's a unique village in the Iranian province of East Azerbaijan, on northern slope of extinct volcano. The artful Azerbaijanians have constructed this unique village where the houses in village Kandovan are cut directly in rocks. The age of some of them exceeds 700 years. People had to chisel through these sharp rocks the rooms and insert the windows and doors. Some doors conduct small twisting ladders. The court yard have also additional economic constructions. Owners decorate the ancient dwellings with modern openwork lattices. Through time, inhabitants of these freakish rocks have expanded the houses with stone extensions. Balconies and bridges also increase inhabited space. In the center of the village is a five-star hotel.



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Monday, March 16, 2009

Villa by John Saladino

John Saladino's powerful new book is nothing less than a master class in interior and garden design. Villa focuses on the stone ruin in Southern California that Saladino painstakingly refashioned into his dream house, and it shows how his principles and passions guided him through the five-year process of reconstruction, restoration, and decoration. With the aid of plans and drawings, as well as numerous photographs of the house — how it looked in the 1920s, shots of when he bought it, and snaps taken during reconstruction — Saladino traces the architectural work involved. Then, in a superbly illustrated tour of the house and grounds, he proves that he practices what he’s preached for more than 30 years. Juxtaposing light and dark, old and new, classical and modern, monumental and miniscule, hard and soft, Saladino creates the serenely timeless interiors and gardens that are his hallmark.


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Review Questions: Building Utilities 05

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Create Your Badge

Here's Building Utilities Quiz 05.

There will be 15 questions randomly picked from a database of 40 questions.
Each time you take the quiz, there will be different questions appearing. Enjoy!!!



Take the Exam again HERE.
Large screen setup HERE
SHOULD YOU NOTICE ANY DISCREPANCIES IN THE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS POSSIBLY DUE TO HUMAN TYPOGRAPHICAL ERROR, PLEASE NOTIFY US ASAP (PROVIDE COMMENTS). THANK YOU!!!

To learn more, enroll in our Architecture Board Exams Review Courses. Click HERE for details.

Try other Arki Quizzes HERE
UTILITIES

A. Rationale and Description
     1. Understanding of the basic practices, principles, general design and installation and/or construc-tion of utilities required for a building/ struc¬ture and its grounds/premises;
     2. Understanding and analyses of utility, facility, and equipment require¬ments in relation to aesthetics, function, and stability of a building/ structure and its pre¬mises.

B.  Terminal Competencies for LEA Candidates
     1. Ability to identify and apply the fundamentals of building utilities and systems;
     2. Ability to apply fundamental concepts and principles covering the general design and installation of electrical, mechanical, electronic/ communications, fire protection, building management, plumbing and sanitary systems, waste management systems, and the like in buildings and its grounds, consistent with trade practices and recommendations by the pertinent professionals;
     3. Ability to applies the pertinent code provisions relative to the planning/ lay-outing, design, installation, operation and maintenance of such utility systems and their components; 
     4. Ability to converse and coordinate with the professionals and their staff concerned with such utility systems and components;
     5. Ability to apply the basic principles of planning, designing, operating and maintaining such utility systems and components;
     6. Ability to identify and to apply  the different important aspects of acoustics and lighting as these relate to planning and design principles for buildings/ structures and their grounds; and
     7. Ability to relate the psychological and physiological effects of such utility systems, sound and light on building occupants/ end-users.

C. Scope
Design and construction and/or installation of the following utility systems and their respective components:
     1. Sanitary and Plumbing Systems and Equipment
          a. Source, storage, supply and distribu¬tion;
          b. Plumbing rough-in and fixtures;
          c. Drainage and sewerage systems; and
          d. Waste collection, disposal, treatment and/or recycling.
     2. Mechanical Systems
          a. Heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems;
          b. Conveyors and other building mechanical equipment e.g. elevators, funiculars, escalators, walkalators, etc.;
     3. Electrical and Other Power Systems
          a. Electrical power and lighting supply, distribution and fixtures; and
          b. Electrical power source and alternative power sources.
     4. Acoustics and Illumination
          a. The psycho-physics of acoustics and lighting; and
          b. Acoustical treatment and corrections.
     5. Disaster Prevention and Protection Systems; Security Systems
          a. Building fire-fighting, prevention, and protection apparatus;
          b. Installation and/or construction of the different protection systems;
          c. Materials and fixtures; and
         d. Disaster prevention and mitigation systems.
     6. Communication Systems
          a. Electronics system; and
          b. Telephone, intercom, internet/ DSL, cable TV, audio/video facilities, public address (PA) system, etc.
     7. Building management and other systems
          a. Climate/ lighting/ security controls and related applications for buildings/ structures;
          b. Robotics and related intelligent building features.

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Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan by Rem Koolhaas

In this fanciful volume, Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, founder of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (O.M.A.), both analyzes and celebrates New York City. By suggesting the city as the site for an infinite variety of human activities and events--both real and imagined--the essence of the metropolitan lifestyle, its "culture of congestion" and its architecture are revealed in a brilliant new light. "Manhattan," Koolhaas writes, "is the 20th century's Rosetta stone . . . occupied by architectural mutations (Central Park, the Skyscraper), utopian fragments (Rockefeller Center, the U.N. Building), and irrational phenomena (Radio City Music Hall)." Filled with fascinating facts, as well as photographs, postcards, maps, watercolors, and drawings, the vibrancy of Koolhaas's poignant exploration of Gotham equals the heady, frenetic energy of the city itself. Anyone who loves New York will want to own this book.


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Review Questions: Building Utilities 04

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Create Your Badge

Here's Building Utilities Quiz 04.

There will be 15 questions randomly picked from a database of 40 questions.
Each time you take the quiz, there will be different questions appearing. Enjoy!!!



Take the Exam again HERE.
Large screen setup HERE
SHOULD YOU NOTICE ANY DISCREPANCIES IN THE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS POSSIBLY DUE TO HUMAN TYPOGRAPHICAL ERROR, PLEASE NOTIFY US ASAP (PROVIDE COMMENTS). THANK YOU!!!

To learn more, enroll in our Architecture Board Exams Review Courses. Click HERE for details.

Try other Arki Quizzes HERE
UTILITIES

A. Rationale and Description
     1. Understanding of the basic practices, principles, general design and installation and/or construc-tion of utilities required for a building/ struc¬ture and its grounds/premises;
     2. Understanding and analyses of utility, facility, and equipment require¬ments in relation to aesthetics, function, and stability of a building/ structure and its pre¬mises.

B.  Terminal Competencies for LEA Candidates
     1. Ability to identify and apply the fundamentals of building utilities and systems;
     2. Ability to apply fundamental concepts and principles covering the general design and installation of electrical, mechanical, electronic/ communications, fire protection, building management, plumbing and sanitary systems, waste management systems, and the like in buildings and its grounds, consistent with trade practices and recommendations by the pertinent professionals;
     3. Ability to applies the pertinent code provisions relative to the planning/ lay-outing, design, installation, operation and maintenance of such utility systems and their components; 
     4. Ability to converse and coordinate with the professionals and their staff concerned with such utility systems and components;
     5. Ability to apply the basic principles of planning, designing, operating and maintaining such utility systems and components;
     6. Ability to identify and to apply  the different important aspects of acoustics and lighting as these relate to planning and design principles for buildings/ structures and their grounds; and
     7. Ability to relate the psychological and physiological effects of such utility systems, sound and light on building occupants/ end-users.

C. Scope
Design and construction and/or installation of the following utility systems and their respective components:
     1. Sanitary and Plumbing Systems and Equipment
          a. Source, storage, supply and distribu¬tion;
          b. Plumbing rough-in and fixtures;
          c. Drainage and sewerage systems; and
          d. Waste collection, disposal, treatment and/or recycling.
     2. Mechanical Systems
          a. Heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems;
          b. Conveyors and other building mechanical equipment e.g. elevators, funiculars, escalators, walkalators, etc.;
     3. Electrical and Other Power Systems
          a. Electrical power and lighting supply, distribution and fixtures; and
          b. Electrical power source and alternative power sources.
     4. Acoustics and Illumination
          a. The psycho-physics of acoustics and lighting; and
          b. Acoustical treatment and corrections.
     5. Disaster Prevention and Protection Systems; Security Systems
          a. Building fire-fighting, prevention, and protection apparatus;
          b. Installation and/or construction of the different protection systems;
          c. Materials and fixtures; and
         d. Disaster prevention and mitigation systems.
     6. Communication Systems
          a. Electronics system; and
          b. Telephone, intercom, internet/ DSL, cable TV, audio/video facilities, public address (PA) system, etc.
     7. Building management and other systems
          a. Climate/ lighting/ security controls and related applications for buildings/ structures;
          b. Robotics and related intelligent building features.

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Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings, 10th Edition by Benjamin Stein

Two-time winner of the AIA's Citation for Excellence in International Architecture Book Publishing, this is the updated edition of the definitive guide to the design of environmental control systems.
Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings has been a fixture in architecture and construction firms all over the world for more than half a century. It has launched the careers of generations of students and served as a reliable reference for seasoned professionals.
Continuing its proud heritage, this Tenth Edition provides thorough coverage of the latest in the theory and practice of environmental control system design. This bestselling book encompasses mechanical and electrical systems for buildings of all sizes, featuring design guidelines and detailed design procedures for every topic covered and supported by more than 2,200 illustrations—over 225 new to this edition! It also includes information on acoustics, current technologies, new and emerging design trends, and updated codes and standards—and its superb illustrations, tables, and high-quality photographs provide a quick reference for both students and busy professionals.

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The Architecture of Happiness by Alain De Botton

"Alain de Botton contends that it is the architect's task to design buildings that contribute to happiness by embodying ennobling values. He makes no claim to be able to define true beauty in architecture, but suggests some of the virtues a building should have: order combined with complexity; balance between contrasting elements; elegance that appears effortless; a coherent relationship among the parts; and self-knowledge, which entails an understanding of human psychology, something that architects all too often overlook. He includes many apt examples of buildings that either incorporate or ignore these qualities, discussing them in ways that make obvious their virtues or failings."


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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King

Filippo Brunelleschi's design for the dome of the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence remains one of the most towering achievements of Renaissance architecture. Completed in 1436, the dome remains a remarkable feat of design and engineering. Its span of more than 140 feet exceeds St Paul's in London and St Peter's in Rome, and even outdoes the Capitol in Washington, D.C., making it the largest dome ever constructed using bricks and mortar. The story of its creation and its brilliant but "hot-tempered" creator is told in Ross King's delightful Brunelleschi's Dome.


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Architectural Graphics by Francis D. K. Ching

The completely updated, illustrated bestseller on architectural graphics with over 500,000 copies sold.

Architectural Graphics presents a wide range of basic graphic tools and techniques designers use to communicate architectural ideas. Expanding upon the wealth of illustrations and information that have made this title a classic, this Fourth Edition provides expanded and updated coverage of drawing materials, multiview drawings, paraline drawings, and perspective drawings. Also new to this edition is the author's unique incorporation of digital technology into his successful methods. While covering essential drawing principles, this book presents: approaches to drawing section views of building interiors, methods for drawing modified perspectives, techniques for creating accurate shade and shadows, expert styles of freehand sketching and diagramming, and much more.
Readers learn Ching’s renowned methods through:
• Expanded and updated coverage of multiview drawings, paraline drawings, and perspective drawings
• Techniques for drawing section views of building interiors
• Methods for creating perspectives and accurate shade and shadows
• Freehand sketching and diagramming
• And much more
Clearly and beautifully, Architectural Graphics, Fourth Edition presents the complexity of architectural concepts in an intuitive graphic manner that benefits the professional and enthusiast alike.


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Friday, March 13, 2009

Solution the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by Architecture

















One of the few people who believe that peace is still possible between Israel and Palestine is Viktor Ramos, an architecture student from Rice University. He produced as his final student project The Continuous Enclave: Strategies in Bypass Urbanism.

More information about this project, here.

Viktor designed this gigantic bridges in which both states can live together. The result is a fantastic example of architectural speculation: genuinely massive - and impossibly cantilevered - bridges used as transport links, aerial housing, and skyborne agricultural complexes, all in one.

According to Ramos:
"This thesis takes a formal approach to understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by studying mechanisms of control within the West Bank. The occupation of the West Bank has had tremendous effects on the urban fabric of the region because it operates spatially. Through the conflict, new ways of imagining territory have been needed to multiply a single sovereign territory into many. It is only through the overlapping of two separate political geographies that they are able to inhabit the same landscape."

















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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Architecture: Form, Space, & Order by Francis D. Ching

For more than thirty years, the beautifully illustrated Architecture: Form, Space, and Order has been the classic introduction to the basic vocabulary of architectural design.The updated Third Edition features expanded sections on circulation, light, views, and site context, along with new considerations of environmental factors, building codes, and contemporary examples of form, space, and order.

This classic visual reference helps both students and practicing architects understand the basic vocabulary of architectural design by examining how form and space are ordered in the built environment.? Using his trademark meticulous drawing, Professor Ching shows the relationship between fundamental elements of architecture through the ages and across cultural boundaries. By looking at these seminal ideas, Architecture: Form, Space, and Order encourages the reader to look critically at the built environment and promotes a more evocative understanding of architecture.

In addition to updates to content and many of the illustrations, this new edition includes a companion CD-ROM that brings the book's architectural concepts to life through three-dimensional models and animations created by Professor Ching.

A superb visual reference to the principles of architecture.Now including interactive CD-ROM!

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The Paper Architect: Fold-It-Yourself Buildings and Structures

The Taj Mahal may have taken 22 years to build, but you can do it in less than a day! Using crisp folds and a craft knife, you can easily recreate the world’s greatest architectural structures from ordinary sheets of paper. Whether you’re building the White House after dinner or crafting an origami version of the Eiffel Tower in an afternoon–and then folding it up to send to a friend in Paris–The Paper Architect guides you through every step of the process.

The directions for building these replicas are clear and easy to follow. In fact, the book contains an entire section of removable templates with color-coded fold lines that make construction simple enough for a first-time folder. All that’s needed is a craft knife, a metal-edged ruler, a cutting mat, and a clear work surface. For those looking for more of a challenge, the patterns can be enlarged or traced onto special paper for endless variations.

Each project also includes a wealth of information, from the history of the buildings and technical drawings to the raw materials used during construction. With quick facts that supplement the text, step-by-step illustrations, and clear instructions, all of these display-worthy projects can be mastered with no previous paper craft or architectural experience!

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A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure Series)

The second of three books published by the Center for Environmental Structure to provide a "working alternative to our present ideas about architecture, building, and planning," A Pattern Language offers a practical language for building and planning based on natural considerations. The reader is given an overview of some 250 patterns that are the units of this language, each consisting of a design problem, discussion, illustration, and solution. By understanding recurrent design problems in our environment, readers can identify extant patterns in their own design projects and use these patterns to create a language of their own. Extraordinarily thorough, coherent, and accessible, this book has become a bible for homebuilders, contractors, and developers who care about creating healthy, high-level design.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Philippine Skyscrapers

I will be starting a series featuring some of the country's tallest buildings. The following are considered the tallest among them.

PBCom Tower

The PBCOM Tower, the country's tallest building structure to date is designed by international architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Int'l., Ltd. Its exterior double-glazed, unitized curtain walls create an overall magnificent facade, reflecting a fine fusion of art and function. Stepping inside is an experience on its own, as its doors open to an elegant interplay of glass, natural stone and metal.
The building is a portrait of distinction, soaring at 52 storeys high plus an 8-level radio tower at the very vein of Makati City, the country's premier financial center.

Summit One Tower

The Summit One Tower is an office skyscraper located at Mandaluyong City, Philippines. Originally built as a condominium project called Paladium Summit, its height is placed at around 200 meters (other estimates place the building's height at around 160-170 meters only). The building, designed by Andrews and Partners has a total floor count of 49 storeys.

GT International Tower

The G.T. International Tower is an office skyscraper located in Makati City, Philippines, standing at 217 metres (712.93 feet). It is currently the second-tallest skyscraper in the Philippines withs 47 floors above ground, and 5 basement levels for parking. The tower is crowned with a 10-storey vertical fin which marks its presence in the Makati City skyline and provides a visual signature at the towers crown.
The building's design was made by local architectural firms GF & Partners Architects and Recio + Casas Architects, in cooperation with renowned international architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates as its design consultant.

Petron Megaplaza

The Petron Megaplaza is an office skyscraper located in Makati City, Philippines and currently holds the title as the third tallest building in Makati City, in Metro Manila, and in the Philippines as well. It has a total ground to architectural spire top height of 210 meters, soaring at 45 storeys high.
The building was designed by world renowned architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP.

Union Bank Plaza
Union Bank Plaza

Union Bank Plaza
Originally known as the World Finance Plaza, it became known as Union Bank Plaza when it was taken over by the real estate arm of Union Bank. The building was designed by renowned Filipino architectural firm Recio & Casas, with American architectural firm RTKL Associates as its design consultant.
It rises 206 metres (676 feet) from ground level to roof, and is currently the tallest complete building in Pasig City, and the 4th-tallest building in the Philippines. The building has 49 levels above ground, and 6 basement levels.

1322 Roxas Boulevard

The 1322 Golden Empire Tower, or previously known as 1322 Roxas Boulevard is a residential skyscraper located in Manila, Philippines. Standing at 203 metres (666 feet), it is the tallest building in the City of Manila, and is the fifth-tallest building in Metro Manila and in the Philippines. The building has 55 floors above ground, and 2 basement levels for parking. The building is also considered as one of the most luxurious condominium in the premier city of Manila.
The 1322 Golden Empire Tower was designed by international architectural firm Architecture International, in cooperation with local architectural firm GF & Partners Architects.

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Review Questions: History Quiz 07


Here is a sample quiz for History of Architecture (HOA) focusing on History of Architecture in the Philippines (see scope of subject below this post) which is given in the morning of Day 1 of the Architects Licensure Examination. Try this quiz as part of your review.

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HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE

A. Rationale and Description

1. Understanding and analyzes of architectural manifestations from the beginning of civilization to contemporary periods of development; And
2. Understanding and analyzes of the influences of environmental, historical and socio-cultural factors and their relevance to the development of art, buildings, structures and human settlements.

B.  Terminal Competencies for LEA Candidates

1. Ability to relate the history of arts and architecture as well as the technologies and human sciences to considerations of ecology and sustainable development;
2. Ability to identify / differentiate, analyze and compare evolved architectural styles; 
3. Ability to relate past architectural styles to the development of present-day utility and construction systems / technologies;
4. Ability to help reinforce culture and architecture as reflected in tradition, convention and/ or current practices;
5. Ability to utilize insights in the history of the human community/ settlements planning and design, with special emphasis on Asian structures/ buildings/ settlements;
6. Ability to relate the evolution of Philippine architecture to historical and present-day architecture in Asia and elsewhere.

C. Scope

1.. Introduction

a. The origin of architecture;
b. Historic styles of architecture; and
c. Factors affecting architectural solutions and styles.

2. Pre-Historic Architecture
a. Centers of development; and
b. Dolmen, Menhir, Cromlech. 

3. Historic Styles of Architecture
a. Period/ extent and centers of development;
b. Factors that affect the development of architectural solutions and styles (historical, environmental and socio-cultural);
c. General characteristics (architectural, structural, decorative, etc.);
d. General contributions; and
e. Notable examples.

3.1 Ancient architecture and the Western succession
a. Egyptian;
b. West Asiatic;
c.  Greek;
d. Roman;
e. Early Christian;
f. Byzantine;
g. Romanesque Architecture in Europe;
h. Gothic Architecture in Europe;
i. Renaissance Architecture in Europe;
j. Nineteenth and Twentieth Century in Great Britain;
k. Architecture of Africa, Australia and New Zealand;
1. Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Architecture in Continental Europe; and
m. Architecture of the Americas.

3.2 Architecture in Asia and the Pacific Region

3.3 Architecture in the Philippines

a. Architectural legacies
a.1  Vernacular,  Folk and Pre-Spanish Architecture (before 1550 A.D.);
a.2  Spanish Colonial Architecture (1550-1899 A.D.);
a.3  American Colonial Architecture (1900-1945);
a.4  Architecture of the Commonwealth Period and of the Post-World War II period (1946-2000); and 
a.5  21st Century Philippine Architecture (2001 to present).

b. Architectural preservation, conservation and restoration

c. Pillars of Philippine Architecture
c.1 Philosophies of Famous Filipino Architects; and
c.2 Examples of great works.



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Review Questions: History Quiz C

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