Viscous dampers dissipate the energy of a seismic event by forcing a fluid through an orifice during deflection in either direction along the length of the damper. The dampers need to deflect to dampen the energy but also need to be strong enough to limit the seismic drift to levels that will not damage finishes during the maximum expected earthquake for the site.
...But the site of the luxurious, modern, three-story house was also located in the Bay Area just a stone’s throw from the San Andreas Fault. The owners not only wanted the structure to keep their family safe in the event of a severe earthquake, but also for it to survive the seismic shocks.
...I could sit for hours pouring through picture books of Egyptian and Mayan ruins, imagining the people who lived there and what the cities might have looked like when they were still new.
On the surface architecture and music seem so different: one is useful, lasting and solid, the other is fanciful, ephemeral and ungraspable.
Very shortly after and with guests at hand, smoke began to billow from the oven as smoke alarms “chimed”. Fortunately, the exhaust hood was capable of about 900 cubic feet / minute draw so the room was evacuated of smoke — and guests — in seconds.
When the ground starts shaking, dampers absorb the shock instead of transmitting it up into the building. This means that the rest of the structure can be designed for reduced seismic forces, as the dampers take the bulk of the impact, just like shock absorbers in a car. The damper frames result in lower seismic design forces ...
Being an Architect has many satisfying aspects, but one of my favorites is being able to see your vision for a space become real before your eyes. On a recent trip to Boston, I had the chance to see the very first house I designed: a custom residence for my Mom. Completed over 20 years earlier, Mom and her husband still love living in the spaces we crafted together.
After many years of careful planning and hard work, the Hillside House has taken its place as one of the most seismically advanced houses in the country.
...this project’s goal of “Earthquake Safety” took us further than ever before into the realm of the “well-made”. The technological advances required to meet this goal ultimately expanded our team to include: a military grade hardware supplier, a Ph.D. in earthquake Geotechnical Engineering, Finite Element Analysis software and the World Leader in Earthquake Monitoring.
Building science and technology available today can not only prevent death and injury but, can also prevent destruction and minimize damage to the places where we live, work and play.
One of our major observations was that the house didn’t take full benefit of its beautiful surroundings as the major spaces were focused inward, creating a dark, cocoon-like environment.
Every project we undertake follows a familiar path that includes active listening, careful observation, detailed development, refinement and thorough execution.
The ancient Greeks did it, and an an example of such a success is a round dome on a square base. You see it in domed churches, and in mosques. Check out St. Peter’s in Rome, the Blue mosque in Istanbul and the US Capitol.
"In order to build well, you must have all of the team members in place: the architect, designer, the contractor, and the homeowner," says Steve Albert, president of S. E. A. Construction in San Mateo. "You cannot build well without all the legs of the table being in place.
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Marc emphasizes really listening to his clients and creating a space in harmony with their needs – even to the point of reining-in clients whose architectural wishes are in discord with their budget!
If you have ever taken a hammer to a wall, you've no doubt answered that question for yourself. Removing the skin of a building from the inside always reveals a narrative about the making of a building, a connection to the history of a place. That connection is certainly one of the most powerful and compelling aspects year's Dickens House.
"Before switching to the Mac, I used to struggle with AutoCAD and the blue screen of death," he says. "Now I use ArchiCAD, and I sometimes find myself sitting there working and laughing out loud at how easy it is. I don't regret switching at aIl.” He particularly likes ArchiCAD's 2D/3D integration, which gives him the seamless kind of experience in production that he was seeking.