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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Pizza Cost Calculator (Lifestyle) - A slice of BIM

So, what does an iPhone app Pizza Cost Calculator have to do with Revit. Nothing, but I just made you hungry and want a slice of pizza. Pretty powerful stuff for a blogger to be able to do. When I saw this app, I got to thinking about of all the 50,000 apps available for the iPhone, it would seem apparent that we're dumbing down our brains. How many of you can do math in your head anymore? How many can't even write and more, doing everything on a keyboard?

My target of this thought is from a conversation I had with the Associate Dean at the School of Architecture at the University of Miami. If they incorporate Revit into the curriculum of the school, what effect will that have on the skills of future architects. Will they never be able to sketch an orthographic drawing by hand? What place does technology have in our schools? When do we add Revit into the learning process? Do we give the kids the full USG Revit wall type catalog, or make them design every wall typpe from scratch?

I'm going to throw this one out to the Revit Kid and http://bonniethearchy.blogspot.com since they're both in school.

My opinion? Make every architecture student minor in business and spend 6 months on a jobsite reviewing and responding to RFIs and Change Orders. Better yet, give them a broom, pair of gloves and a shovel like I did in high school and college and learn how buildings go together.

I was being interviewed today by a reporter and came up with a new phrase, "The art of architecture, the business of BIM and the cost of construction." The problem with the art is connecting it to the costs. Architecture is a business like any other. BIM is the connector. I keep seeing my Revit customers just doing better than their AutoCAD using counterparts. It's not my imagination, but a reality that they're needing fewer people involved in the process and that reduced salary is really a huge benefit to them. Comments anyone?

Now, how about that delicious, hot and cheesy slice of pizza. Mmmm, can't you just taste that delicious crunchy crust. I wish selling Revit was as easy as making you hungry by talking about Pizza. I'll have to work on that one. Please, I'm curious how many of you actually did get hungry after reading my pizza comments. Oh, almost forgot. How about a nice cold glass of beer to go with that pizza. Are you nuts? It's 7am. What are you doing thinking about pizza and beer at this hour?


Pizza Cost Calculator

This app allows you to compare the actual cost of pizzas of different sizes. You enter the price and the diameter and the app will calculate the price by squared inch or centimeter. So you can easily check out how much you save by getting a bigger pizza or which delivery service is the cheapest.


Josh Moore July 23, 2009 at 10:27 AM  

Nice post...here's my thoughts about BIM/Revit in schools. I'm all for it. Personally, I graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2007, and although I do envy those with mad hand drawing skills, I can speak for myself, and I think many of my classmates when I say that a good knowledge of Revit during school would have been a tremendous advantage in Studio.

For me, I would take a expert Revit skills over expert drawing skills any day. I mean, that's why we moved to AutoCAD from Hand drafting in the first place, right? You can get so much more done, and it's much more precise and meaningful the hand drawing could ever be.

I think, in order to keep up with competition and build the best buildings possible, teaching students how to use BIM softwares (not just Revit), is vital.

I don't mean to get on my soap box, but I think as architects, we are taught, and caught up in "conceptualizing" in school. I have nothing against having a concept, but I just think that with all of the Codes we have to follow, at the same time be energy mindful, and all of the other things we HAVE TO DO to get the building built, I am of the opinion that a concept should revolve more around the function of the building, than the aesthetic form. We could get in the whole debate of Form follows funtion or the other way around, but I think we spend way too much time thinking conceptually in school (at least mine), than learning the necessary tools to be a good architect (including BIM/Sustainability software).

There are so many tools out there, I'll be the first to say, sometimes it's extermemely hard to keep up. I'm of the opinion that nowadays, Architect's should be required to continue education in software tools that allow them to make better, more informed decisions about the design of a building. This should all start as a requirement at College.

For a dean of any College of Architecture to not believe that teaching Revit would completely change the way the student thinks about the design of a building for the worse, is crazy. And what's crazier, in my opinion, is to think that in today's world, we are doing the student an injustice by doing so, because it might hinder their hand drawing skills.

Seriously? The student is going to use whatever tool they feel most comfortable with and that will get the job done most efficiently and effectively. I find myself sketching periodically (even though it isn't pretty), just to get the idea of a detail or design on a building, but then I immediately move to hardlining it in Revit, becuase it's so fast and easy to change, and you already start to think about Building requirements, clearences, etc. that you usually miss when sketching. Well that's my LONG two cents...

By the way, I was already hungry before you mentioned PIZZA! Having some for lunch :-O>

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