Tina Lu

Submitted For
Module 2 - Points to Ponder
Please share your comments on 3 of the following Points to Ponder questions. (Choose 3 of the 5 questions below.)

What are the primary goals of creating a building model? Who are the key stakeholders?

  • What do they need?
  • What do they care about most?

The primary goals of creating this building model are so that the student researchers can have a small field research station that could provide them with a workspace thatch both feature sustainable design principles and solar design features. They need a simple structure that uses space in the most efficient way. There also needs to be a lot of operable south-facing windows to capture light and heat during the day as there will not be active heating and cooling. The placing of the windows will be very important as the head can only come from the sun and the temptation can only cool down through natural ventilation. As these are student researchers, they definitely care a lot about their independent work environment. This will require a good design that can give them space but also limit the waste of space.

How much detail should you include in your building model? How do you decide?

  • As you develop your initial design?
  • As you continue to iterate and develop on your design?
  • What are the key stages?
  • And how much detail should you include at each stage?

I started out the design with rough outlines of approximate locations and measurements of the house and the two rooms. I then mentally pictured where I wanted to place the tables and chairs accordingly. As I started to place the tables and chairs, I saw many faults and mistakes in the layout of my structure and made many small adjustments. I changed the arrangement of the tables a few times. With every new touch-up of my house, I paid more attention to measurements and made sure I was following the guidelines. I added more details with every new change I made.

I would say that the key stages I went through to build my design were 1) rough outlines of the house and rooms, 2) adjusting the measurements of the rooms, 3) placing the chairs and tables, 4) adding the toilet and adjusting the house, 5) adding in the remaining features, and 6) final touch-ups.

What are the advantages of getting the Revit component families (for furniture, equipment, and fittings) directly from the manufacturer versus from an online sharing website like RevitCity.com?

The main advantage of getting the Revit component families directly from the manufacturer versus from an online sharing website would allow you to better personalize and create the model to the client’s liking. This would allow the architect and clients to better communicate about needs, preferences, and more.