Opening of T3 building continues recent mass timber building trend: Six examples

Today’s opening of the T3 building in Minneapolis marks a spectacular milestone: The construction of the tallest contemporary heavy-timber building in the US so far! I am saying “so far” because as this trend continues, it will surely by surpassed in height very soon. Completion of the T3 building continues a recent trend of larger, […] Read more..

Place Shapes with Units

When I initially made my Place Shapes Toolbar extension for SketchUp, I created it with a weird unit convention that used one foot as base size in the US and one meter everywhere else. That did not make much sense at all, because even in the US, folks might want to use millimeter-sized shapes for 3D printing […] Read more..

My SketchUp News Extension just got prettier

As you may know, I have written a SketchUp extension that lets you follow SketchUp news (official and inofficial) and discussions right within SketchUp. You can install it from the Extension Warehouse or the SketchUcation PluginStore and then afterwards access it anytime you like from SketchUp’s Help menu. Because Yahoo recently discontinued its Pipes technology, I […] 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..

You can now use SketchUp with Allen/Iano’s Fundamentals of Building Construction book

When it comes to learning construction methods and systems (and, of course, the related materials), it is crucial for a student to understand how things fit together. Every construction system is an assembly of subparts (e.g. beams, bolts, decking) and often a layering based on various functional requirements (e.g. air barrier, insulation, structural sheathing,…). This […] Read more..