Hey, it’s Michael from ArchSmarter.
Today is one of my favorite days of the year. My kids? Considerably less so. Yes, it’s back-to-school day here in Connecticut. For me, back-to-school has always represented a fresh start; a new grade, new classes, new books and school supplies. After a summer of hanging out, relaxing and riding my bike, back to school was a time to buckle down, get serious and do some work. Though I’ve been out of school for a while now, this time of year still represents all those things.
That’s why I like to make back-to-school resolutions rather than New Year’s resolutions. New Year’s has always seemed an odd time of the year to make plans. Maybe because I’m from New England and there’s usually a ton of snow on the ground come New Year’s day. Not the best conditions for making optimistic proclamations. No, for me back-to-school is the time to make resolutions.
A lot of my resolutions have to do with things I want to learn. I’m currently reading Scott Young’s new book, Ultralearning. According to Scott, one of the best ways to really learn something is through a self-directed learning project. Learning projects have clear goals and assignments, kind of like a traditional class but one you create yourself. I’m putting together my own list of learning projects for the coming school year. I’m a big proponent of learning out loud so I’ll share my list of projects in next week’s email. In the meantime, how about you? Do you have any back-to-school resolutions? What do you want to learn this year? Any habits you want to cultivate? Click here and let me know!
Speaking of learning new things, here are 5 things to check out this week:
#1: Revit Room Area Basics
With so many kids heading back to school this week, it seems only appropriate that Dan Stine focuses on some basics in his recent post, and no, we’re not talking about the 3 R’s. Instead, Dan focuses on the basics of Revit room areas. With informative screenshots, Dan walks us through the steps for efficiently calculating room area in Revit. Good stuff as always Dan!
#2: Top 5 New Features in Revit 2020.1
Get ready, there’s a new Revit in town. Nicholas from Revit Pure highlights some of the latest improvements in the Revit 2020.1 update including updates to the path of travel tool, a new look for schedules and more. If you haven’t downloaded version 2002.1 yet, this post will give you some reasons to do it today.
#3: Guide to Project Delivery Methods
With so much on the line, choosing the best way to deliver a project can be a fraught experience, with many different and often conflicting factors to consider. This post from Monograph helps to break it all down with good explanations of the various project delivery methods as well as their pros and cons. A good read for when you are gearing up for your next big project.
#4: Best Architecture Projects of 2019
Need some eye candy? Then check out this gallery of top architecture projects of 2019 according to the good folks at ArchDaily. I’m particularly taken with Snohetta’s Under project. I’m going to put that one on my “must see” list for sure!
#5: 6 Google Tricks That Will Turn You Into an Internet Detective
Google; sometimes your best friend, sometimes your worst. If you’ve ever found yourself typing keyword after keyword trying to find what you’re looking for, The New York Times is here to help! Packed with helpful tips on how to conduct better searches, be sure to bookmark this article for the next time you need to do some deep digging into the internet pool of knowledge!
Question of the Week
Do you use global parameters in Revit? If so, ARK member Paul Kuehnel wants to hear from you! He’s curious about global parameters and wants to hear some practical use cases. How do you use them in your projects? Click the link below to share your experiences.
That’s all from me. Hope you’re having a great week.