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The California Institute of Earth Architecture hopes their Superadobe construction technique may be applied to more traditional contemporary homes found throughout SoCal suburbs.

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I recently attended a global eco design conference. Whilst the basic principles of a sustainable house such as insulation, ventilation and orientation to suit the climate were good – the resulting houses seemed to lack something. They didn’t seem to have much intrinsic beauty or elegance.

The only principle that was mentioned that excited me was “bio-mimicry” – copying nature. Although the concept has been around for some time, it has been brought to prominence recently by by Janine Benyus in her book “”Biomimicry, Innovation Inspired by Nature”. It was mentioned at the conference by Ray Anderson – an American manufacturer of commercial carpet tiles who is trying to make his company more sustainable and it was also touched on by Dr David Suzuki – the famous environmentalist – who also spoke at the conference. It seems to be the latest buzz word.

Perhaps it is the fact that Vedic houses – those based on ancient Sthapatya Vedic principles – are also based on natural design that makes them have a better feeling and which makes them look more appealing.

I have had a house built according to these principles. It faces true East and is aligned to the cardinal points. This design in accordance with natural laws is called “Vastu”. You enter from the East and North sides only. One of the main guiding principles is that everything good comes from the East. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t also design your house to suit the climate (in my case the tropics) and filter the light if necessary and have large eves.

So the design corresponds to the effect of light on the earth – to the effect of the sun. In fact you can work out what true North is simply by observing what the sun does to the shadows it creates at different times of day. You can also use a GPS to confirm it.

In Vedic architecture the placement and dimensions of the rooms, as well as the length, width and elevation of the building are individually calculated. The measurements are based on ancient mathematical formulas. These formulas take into consideration, among other factors, the relationship of the house owner with the planets according to Jyotish (Indian Astrology). So the design relates to the people – it isn’t based on some man-made notions of what would be good.

According to Vedic principles, the nourishing aspects of the house are placed on the East side of the house just as the rising sun coming from the East provides nourishment. So the meditation room is placed in the North East corner to nourish the spiritual aspects of the individuals in the house. The kitchen which nourishes the physiology is placed in the South-East. The North is considered the best side of the house in which to pursue creative activities and so that is where the study is located. The Western side of the house embodies the qualities of the setting sun – that being relaxation, calmness and restful sleep. So it is the best side on which to locate bedrooms and relaxation rooms. So in this sense, they are also mimicking nature.

I think that a lot of houses these days lack the fine details (see http://www.newhousebuilding.com). We used to have the beauty of ornate cornices and ceilings shaped like flowers and so on. When Ray Anderson talked about bio-mimicry he gave the example of his carpet tile designers going into the forest. They found that every part of it was different and that no two leaves or other parts of it were the same and yet the overall effect was one of unity. So he decided to make a range of tiles where no one tile was the same as the other. They were very popular. This also explains the beauty of marble tiles – no one tile is ever the same as all the others.

Le Corbusier’s “Toward an Architecture”
October 1, 2009

Published in 1923 by Le Corbusier, Vers une architecture (Toward an Architecture) was based on articles printed in the magazine L’Espirit Nouveau, founded by the architect and the painter Améée Ozenfant in 1920. Its impact was immediate on architects throughout Europe. Le Corbusier’s book affected the way his contemporaries considered the relationship between architecture, technology and history, and provoked an unending series of polemics. As new translations appear in many languages, including Arabic, recent interpretation and archival research invite a reconsideration of this influential book’s genesis and structure. – See more at: http://nyuad.nyu.edu/en/news-events/abu-dhabi-events/2009/10/le-corbusier.html#sthash.4xQ8K3Ll.dpuf

Jean-Louis Cohen
Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture, Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
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Head of the Department of Ethics, Philosophy and Religion; Professor, Department of History, King’s Academy, Jordan

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Top 10 shocking architectural failures in history!
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Architecture is one of the most astounding and complex professions in the world today. It has only been well over a century since skyscrapers first made their appearance in the late nineteenth century, complete with photos of the construction that alarmingly include men eating their lunch thousands of feet into the air with nothing to hang on to should they fall. Architecture requires some of the most brilliant minds in the world today, as complex designs have to have a way to stay standing. If you look at buildings from the earlier times, they looked like square boxes with some windows. But the innovation of design has challenged architects to be more creative and productive in their designs. From buildings to bridges, people want more aesthetics than functionality these days. However, functionality is crucial because it can make the difference between life and death.
If a student makes an error on their test, the worst thing that will happen is that they get a bad grade. If an artist messes up on a piece, the worst thing that will happen is that there was time lost and wasted. But if an architect makes an error, then there is more devastation and more at risk. If an architect writes up plans that are flawed, and those plans are published around the world, then there is potential for worldwide catastrophe. When it all comes down to it, architectural failures can be devastating and lives can be lost at epic proportions.
In this video are ten of the biggest architecture failures that have ever occurred around the world. Not only did these fails result in monetary loss, but also resulted in catastrophic damage to the people involved that involved PTSD and death. From the collapse of bridges to the downfall of some of the mightiest buildings to have ever existed, these failures are a grim reminder that we are still not perfect and have a lot of work to do in terms of how much we can create on our own.
Sometimes loss of life isn’t the only major issue when it comes to architecture failures. Sometimes it’s something as simple as color of the building. Take the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Vdara Hotel and Spa. The buildings are both very shiny and reflect the sun, thus unintentionally creating a massive heat ray that moves as the Earth moves around the sun. People have actually reported their hair getting singe and plastic melting from the rays coming off of the buildings. Perhaps that’s why we don’t see many silver buildings anymore?
The entries in this video are both tragic and humorous. As the art of architecture continues to evolve and change, we will likely see more failures come as experimentation in the building world continues to progress. We are learning with each building how to create something bigger and better, along with making sure that the building is safe and not put together with paperclips, glue, and maybe a few thumbtacks.

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This shows you how to use the British Architectural Library catalogue (RIBA Library) to find journal articles about an architect. The simple search function is used to retrive articles about the architect Frank O Gehry, and then shows you how to locate these items in the Oxford Brookes University Library.

The British Architectural Libnrary Catalogue includes the Architectural Publications Index (API). The is an index of journal articles indexed by staff at the RIBA Library.

This video was produced by Geoff Morgan who is the Subject Librarian for Architecture, Construction and Real Estate Management at Oxford Brookes University.

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Want to create best-in-class applications? Robert C. Martin (Uncle Bob) is here to show you how. In this talk, he explains high-level and practical strategies to clean up your architecture.

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In this tutorial, you will learn how to locate the Avery Index, perform a journal article search, save your search results, read a database article record, and locate an article.

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A brief instructional video on the basics of model making.

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Abu Dhabi, one of the seven emirates, is the capital of UAE. The city is also known as the second largest city in UAE. This City follows Dubai in all kinds of developments and modernization. The urbanisation and the development in the city have lead to the acceptation and implementation of cosmopolitan culture by its citizens. Due to the positioning of Abu Dhabi as the capital city, it has become the centre of various political and industrial activities. Also, this city is the main hub for cultural and commercial practices, because of which it contributes a major share of economical development of the whole UAE. Developments in all the industries have resulted in the generation of large number of jobs in this city. Candidates from across the world, apply for jobs in UAE, especially in cities like Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Of all the fields, jobs in architecture and real estate sector are at its peak in the cities of UAE. Creative and innovative employees are always on demand in the architectural jobs in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Being a capital attracts a large number of applicants to apply for job in its architectural fields. The architectural designs of the buildings and the monuments vary a lot from each other, due to influence of various cultures on the city. The central areas of this city have the majority of population, due to which most of the architectural jobs can be found in those areas, than in the suburbs. Great architectural designs can be seen in the densely populated areas of the city having buildings like Abu Dhabi Investment Authority Tower, the headquarters of the National Bank, Emirates Palace, etc. These buildings have always been the inspiration for new architectures and are given as examples of achievement to the candidates searching architecture jobs in Abu Dhabi .

Abu Dhabi is the wealthiest state of UAE, which alone contributes more than 50% of the GDP of the whole UAE. This city is very much concerned about its beauty and the infrastructural development; therefore, the people of this city spend a huge amount on the same. This calls for the need of talented and intellectual architectures in this city. The city is all set to emerge as the hub of the architecture and real estate sector in Middle East, because of the Abu Dhabi Plan 2030. Architectures job in Abu Dhabi are going to increase, by the plan 2030 has approved by the development of tall buildings in the city. This will lead in the contraction of many tall buildings and sky scrapers, which will ultimately need architectures to design and implement the same, adding to the production of jobs in this field.

It is the duty of architecture to execute and give life to the dreams of his clients. The cultural taste and the demands of the clients are to be kept in mind by the architecture, while designing the structure and theme of the building. The candidates applying for architectural  jobs in Abu Dhabi should have a proper degree in architecture from a reputed college. Work experience is also an important element, which helps the job seeker in getting his dream job. Few of the architecture firms in city, where one can find a job are:

Khatib & Alami
Keo International Consultants
Shankland Cox Asia Ltd
Cracknell
Design and Construction Engineering

All these companies provide world class services in the field of architecture. Candidates searching for architecture jobs in Abu Dhabi should be aware of the latest trends followed in the industry. The tastes and the interests of the people of this city should also be researched before applying for a job there.

Gurleen Walia writes on behalf of NaukriGulf.com, a leading job portal for jobs in Gulf Region, Riyadh jobs and Jobs in UAEMiddle East jobs. Naukri.com’s foray into the Middle East is an Endeavour to provide established client base with services that best meet their international requirements as well as expand our operations on to a global arena.

Abu Dhabi, located on a T-shaped island jutting into the Persian Gulf from the central western coast, is the capital of UAE. Like Dubai, Abu Dhabi is also progressing at a swift speed with developments across all the sectors of the emirate. Likewise, jobs in Abu Dhabi have grown multifold with quick urbanization of the metropolis and increasing support of the government. Currently, architecture jobs in UAE are the hottest among skilled and experienced expatriates as Emirates continues to create large numbers of construction marvels. The architecture industry in Abu Dhabi is evolving from vernacular structures aiming at privacy and ventilation to contemporary designs expressing sophistication and world class quality.

Even though, the emirate today boasts of modern skyscrapers in chic patterns and eye catching layouts, its architectural splendor is equally visible in its heritage centers, ancient forts, museums and mosques. However, buildings in Abu Dhabi are so diverse that they can’t be characterized by one style and vary according to the area. Abu Dhabi Plan 2030 includes creation of new skyscrapers that can transform its skyline and this has generated thousands of architectural jobs in UAE. Large number of high rise buildings have already been built over years and rest of them are either under construction or approved or proposed for construction.

Besides its hydrocarbon wealth, Abu Dhabi is reaping benefits of diversification from sectors like retail, tourism and real estate. Huge investments are being made in its construction sector presenting a harmonious blend of traditional and modern Arabic architecture. It brings together modern art, chic designs and state-of-the-art technology to build breathless structures to be admired and adored by the spectators. The exquisite pieces can be formed only when best of the best resources from world over are employed both in terms of manpower and materials.

 

But this calls for employment of mammoth sums of money, therefore, the monumental investments in the sector. Many projects have been launched by various developers who are offering architectural jobs in Abu Dhabi to those who can do them the best. They are not shying away from hiring highly skilled and trained professionals from other countries and paying them the well deserved hefty salaries along with other facilities. The wealthiest emirate of UAE in terms of GDP and per capita income, Abu Dhabi is all set to become a key hub for architectural growth in Middle East. This further promises architecture jobs in Abu Dhabi for positions of managers for cement procurement, bridge construction, building services procurement, ship building, etc., land surveyors, architects, civil design engineers, urban planners, highway engineer, landscape architect, structural engineer, civil supervisor, construction lawyer, site manager, technical architect consultant, electrician, plumber and others. There are job openings galore in architecture sector of the emirate as it continues to step up the ladder of construction wonders. Highly skilled architects and engineers have the highest demand in the emirate are extremely well paid for their jobs by the employers. Along with the colossal amounts of salaries, housing and commuting is also paid coupled with attractive incentives for time oriented tasks. With such metamorphosis of the emirate today, it is unbelievable that this place was a village just till 5 decades ago. The discovery of oil converted the long neglected area into a development hub of the Middle East employing huge workforce and emerging as one of the most preferred expat destinations in the region. Moreover, working in Abu Dhabi has been a memorable experience for expatriates from both South Asian and Western countries. A major commercial center, it alone accounts for more than 55% of the GDP of United Arab Emirates.

Deepika Bansal writes on behalf of NaukriGulf.com, a leading job portal for jobs in Gulf Region, Jobs in Abu Dhabi and jobs in Saudi Arabia, Middle East jobs. Info Edge foray into the Middle East is an endeavour to provide established client base with services that best meet their international requirements as well as expand our operations on to a global arena.