SketchUp 2017 is out. And it’s looking great!

It’s the time of year for… yes, turkey, I know! But a few days ago it was also the time of the year for the much-beloved “A new SketchUp version is available” dialog to pop into your life. If you haven’t downloaded the new version yet, but are burning to know what is new, may […] Read more..

Ciao! My SketchUp book is now available in Italian

While checking my Amazon book purchase stats I just noticed that my book “Architectural Design with SketchUp” (2nd edition) is now available in Italian. Italy being a country with one of the highest number of architects per capita, Italian is clearly one of the best languages to have translated it into. Thanks to the great folks at […] Read more..

Upgrading our Bath Fan Light – for Under $25

Our bathroom fan light was driving me crazy for a while now. No matter how much wattage I would put into it, the plastic cover only allowed for a very dim light to come out. And the arrangement of the bulb in the fixture together with the housing forced most light to emit downward and to […] Read more..

Second edition of “Architectural Design with SketchUp” is now available!

I am very excited to be announcing the release of the second edition of my book “Architectural Design with SketchUp” today! For this edition, I went back through the text and updated and improved a lot of content. As before, my main goal was to keep it relevant for as large a variety of SketchUp users as possible and […] Read more..

Amazing SketchUp Timber Frame Modeling

I just came across this amazing 3D model of a round barn by Mike Beganyi, a timber framer and SketchUp modeler from Vermont. I know, it’s two years old, but check it out – and do it full-screen! It is such a great example of beautiful timberframing, excellent SketchUp modeling, and the use of my Sketchfab […] Read more..

Interesting paper: “Comparison of life cycle assessment databases: A case study on building assessment”

I am trying something new: From now on, whenever I come across an interesting publication, I’ll post a link to my blog. Abstract Comparability of life cycle assessment (LCA) results based on different background data has long been debated. This is one of the main issues in building LCAs since buildings are complex products, which […] Read more..

How Feasible is Tall Wood?

A recently-published report entitled “Summary Report: Survey of International Tall Wood Buildings” investigates various aspects related to the feasibility of tall wood buildings. This report, published by Forest Innovation Investment and the Bilateral Softwood Lumber Council, summarizes findings from surveys and interviews with key personnel involved in the creation of ten worldwide buildings, all of which are […] Read more..