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    Finding co-ordinates the easy way

    July 2nd, 2011


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    Every student and professional working in the construction industry would have always needed to find the coordinates of a certain site at least once during the project duration. This neat little tool (free) from Meteonorm allows one to zoom in to a location using Google maps, and will provide the co-ordinates in degrees/minutes or decimals, […]

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    Weather heatmaps

    March 18th, 2011


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      This post is an adaptation of Ted Ngai’s climatic visualization techniques with Matlab which can be seen here: http://www.tedngai.net/experiments/climate-visualization-with-matlab.html   The only problem is that Ted’s scripts use Matlab, which is a commercial software and quite expensive. On the other hand, Microsoft Excel can be found on almost every machine! I have adapted his […]

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    Certified Passivhaus buildings in the UK

    November 29th, 2010


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    AJ has put together a brilliant map of all the UK Passivhaus schemes on Google Maps. Click to view the map of certified UK Passivhaus schemes. Source: Footprint

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    Cycle stand locator

    August 30th, 2010


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    It has been a month since I have started cycling on the London roads, and I am never able to find a cycle stand when I need one! This map by Camden Cycling Campaign is a brilliant initiative which gives the location and number of cycle stands (not the TFL cycle hire stands) available in […]

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    BIG videos

    August 23rd, 2010


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    BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) has been in the limelight for the past quite some time. He has quirkily simple ideas, visualized amazingly well! Here is the official link of the BIG channel on Vimeo where you can find videos of him explaining his concepts with amazingly good effects! Don’t miss to watch the following videos: […]

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    Daylight Hours Explorer

    July 15th, 2010


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    Stumbled onto this great educational tool from somewhere. It works out the number of daylight hours a location would receive on a particular day after you fill in the latitude of the location. Click the image to try it yourself!

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    Environmental retrofittings of office buildings in Sao Paulo

    April 28th, 2010

    Guest author: Ricardo Messano


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    The purpose of this dissertation is to demonstrate that office buildings in Sao Paulo have the potential to decrease their overall energy consumption by reducing their dependence on artificial sources through environmental strategies. Analysing Sao Paulo´s office building evolution it was possible to identify that the buildings from the 1960s and 1970s, located in Paulista […]

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    Environmental Design & Morphogenesis

    April 28th, 2010

    Guest author: Viktoria A Lytra


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    Even if the potential of environmental design to cause morphogenesis has been recognised widely, it remains so far unexplored because its main principles – related to building’s physics – are open to many architectural translations. Up to now the environmental input in architecture is limited in most of the cases to passive optimised strategies applied […]

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    Visualizing data through Google Public Data Explorer

    April 23rd, 2010


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    Google Public Data Explorer is a new tool I found quite by chance which visualizes some very interesting databanks in a useful manner. For example, the World Developement Indicators obtained from the World Bank include quite a few statistics relating to environment: Agricultural land (% of land area) CO2 emissions (kt) CO2 emissions (metric tons […]

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    Harvard University’s daylighting tutorials

    April 22nd, 2010


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      Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design have some interesting tutorials on the daylighting and getting started with Ecotect and Radiance for lighting analysis. They also have an excellent introduction on exporting Rhino models to Ecotect. I feel these are great introductions especially for ungraduate students of architecture who want to incorporate basic daylighting studies […]

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