Think Architecture Think Sustainable – Part 1

It’s a crazy-crazy world!! You know why? because each day people are making diversified inventions and doing miraculously great for their counterparts. Even construction in today’s day and age seems to be in the hands of environment-friendly material. Wood once used in cooking is now getting a whole new identity with its illustrious use in construction. Timber construction is the new age of sustainable concrete. Architects worldwide are showing great enthusiasm for this beauty.

Large timber performs very well in resisting fires and is recognized for such in building codes as well. Heavy timber construction is permitted for buildings of larger heights. This miracle building material also contributes to the environment by extracting carbon from the environment. Wooden flooring comes from trees that have angiosperm seeds. Some of the popular species include Oak, Maple, Cherry and Walnut. The hardness of real wood flooring is sometimes made from softwood as well.

Why Wood and not Concrete?

It’s super easy to assemble! You can build a 7-storey wooden structure with the help of a fewer number of carpenters in as less as 25 days! Now to keep things amazing for you let me tell you that timber makes for a calmer and cleaner building site as well. It requires a 5th of the deliveries by a truck than concrete does, and it hardly creates any wastes. Also, the speed of construction saves money!! Since it takes less time to construct thus saving construction and labour costs.

A Vancouver based Ar. Michael Green has proposed a 35 – Storey tower completely of Timber and will be named as Baobab. So yes, a new age timber structure of an Empire State building is completely possible now. Voila!! Here’s a sneak-peak where he shares his vision for more sustainable cities and states using Timber.

Judgement Time – So yes, this Timber case looks compelling enough. However larger invention like this usually has a lot of sceptical audiences  doing their permutations and combinations regarding the topic. It goes through a lot of grilling from the industry experts to see the light of the day. But as of now with all the reports and results, it is here to stay and make a mark in this otherwise big bad world of Concrete.

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PS – Also, the Part 2 for this blog will be available soon. So do keep a track of all our upcoming blogs.

Bridging the Gap Between Architecture and Specially Abled with Universal Design

John was born healthy and wealthy as a newborn. What came to him as a bang was his retina cancer at the age of 13. He lost his eyesight and hence the world around him dwindled. The colors that were easily identifiable until yesterday were now all blanked out. Life suddenly seemed difficult and troublesome!

In 2015, a total of 1.02 million people were blind and almost 3.22 million people suffered from VI (Visually Impaired). By 2050, these numbers are projected to get doubled approximately to 2.01 million people with blindness and 6.95 million people with VI.

Considering the above data, it is evident that there is an urgent need of providing support and help to the visually impaired. It is a primary need to construct building keeping in mind all the necessities of a VI or a specially abled person. A building or a design should not be a huddle for the VI or specially abled but must have a welcoming gesture for the same. Keeping this in mind, various steps could be taken into consideration while designing the building/facility.

Universal Design is a big term that encompasses familiar methods such as ‘accessibility’ and ‘barrier-free’ design. Universal Design is a design for everyone which comprises of all those that are able as well as specially abled. According to the National Institute of Health the population of VI and blind in America is expected to get doubled to more than 8 million by 2050. But they live in houses that are not so comfortable and convenient for them, houses that do not listen to their need and comfort. The architecture of a place is not in getting mesmerized by looking at the detailing’s on the dome or the structure of the vaults, it is more about the feelings cultivated within the audience by sensing the place. It is the quality of experience that one goes through to interpret the space.

The design guidelines that can be followed are as follows –

  • The braille code and format must be up to date.
  • The layout of any room should not create hindrance by putting furniture in the middle of the circulation.
  • The furniture finish must be smooth and not edged since there are chances to get hit and get hurt.
  • Control glare lighting for opening, building orientations.
  • Some part of the wall could be recessed to let them know about the start and end of the walkway.
  • Minimal use of carpet floor so that the specially abled would get to move around quickly and also could sense the person coming in the way with the help of his/her footsteps.
  • Tactile pavers should be used as they are available in various textures and combination to guide the path.
    Tactile pavers in flooring are used to direct the specially abled
    Tactile pavers in flooring are used to direct the specially abled

Also, the light and glare need to be managed intelligently. The reflective characteristics such as the surface which is typically expressed in terms of the percentage of light falling on it, which is identified as the light reflectance value (LRV) should be considered always. A typical example is 20% for floors, 50% for walls and 80% ceilings.

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Designing & Developing Structures Considering Egress & Emergency Evacuation Action Plans

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Designing architectural drawings and layouts involves enormous detailing, may it be regarding structure of the project, elevations, interior fit-outs, MEP or more. One such aspect is about the safety and security – Egress and Emergency Evacuation Action plans.

Egress & Emergency Evacuation Action Plan – A legal binding
As per the international fire code section 404 and 405, facilities must have fire and safety evacuation plans. Though the standards or formulas or the way drawing calculations are done for Emergency Evacuation Action Plan differ state or nationwide, the objective remains same – life safety, hence these are also called as Life Safety Plans.

What to consider while drawing Egress & Emergency Evacuation Action Plan?
Broadly, following are the factors to consider while drawing the building designs. In some cases, there could be additional factors that is to be considered depending upon the type of project and its objective. Here is a sample list for you – Egress Fire Exit Image

  • Area & occupancy of building
  • Remoteness between the doors
  • Number of doors required
  • Width of door (Minimum 36 inches)
  • Number of exits in the building
  • Minimum and maximum distance to the exit from any point of occupancy of building
  • Longest distance to the exit point (shouldn’t be more than 300ft.)
  • Number of staircases provided
  • Width of staircases
  • Floor marking & sign board towards exit points
  • ADA compliant signs

Parts of Egress:

  • Exit Access – Exit access is the portion of “Means of Egress” that leads to an entrance or exit
  • Exit – Exit is the portion separated by all other spaces by construction or equipment that provides a protected way of travel to the exit discharge
  • Exit Discharge – It’s the portion between the termination of an exit and a public way

Egress and Emergency Evacuation Action Plans can be for:

  • Fires
  • Severe Weather
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Chemical Release
  • Bomb Threats

Evacuation Strategies:
Different types of buildings or situation can lead to different evacuation strategy drawing, for example, a hospital cannot have a same evacuation strategy that of a residential building, or multi-storied residential building will have a different plan than a prisoner’s cell. Let’s think about three common scenarios of an evacuation strategies here –
Defend in Place
Defend in place strategies are commonly used where the evacuation of occupants may not be the ideal first response, such as hospitals and jails. For ex – in the case of fire in a hospital, evacuation into rain or freezing temperatures could be hazardous to the health of patients. Depending on where the fire occurs, patients can be moved to a different compartment where they can be protected from smoke and fumes. Hence, while designing the project drawings for such projects, connectivity within the building needs to be focused upon. Egress exit-path-marking
Phased Evacuations
Phased evacuations strategies may be implemented for the taller buildings. Fire departments then can evacuate the floor where a fire is located along with the two floors above and two floors below.
Full Evacuation
Full building evacuations may be necessary due to a range of incidents including natural hazards, technological events or deliberate events such as civil disturbance, bomb threats or acts of terrorism. Project drawings shall be drawn considering occupants should be able to exit or are assisted in exiting the building—ideally within less than half the duration of fire-resistance rating of the exit enclosures.

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Is Interior Architecture And Interior Designing Same?

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When it comes to interior designing and interior architecture, people often confuse the two. A debate is going around the web to differentiate these two.

Let’s have the discussion centers on the blurring of the lines that define the role and responsibilities of each profession: where does the interior design of a space end and architecture begin, and vice versa?

When we talk about interior designing, it deals with decorative and soft furnishings of the architecture. Apart from this, there are also technical aspects of interior design which are related to plumbing and electric part of the architecture and this is what interior Architecture mean.

Interior architecture plays its role to render CAD drawings. Computer-aided-design is used to give 2D and 3D models of the projects. Many degree courses now teach students about the structural technical elements of buildings, which has begun to blur the line between architecture and interior design.

An interior architecture is required to look after human habitation. Be it electrical requirements, proper use of space, ventilation, plumbing requirements. The presence of interior architect is required during the complete construction process of such projects.

These two verticals differ drastically. Interior design mostly deals with soft furnishings, having smaller projects. On the contrary, architecture design deals with bigger projects having the requirement of some technical specifications and aesthetic skills.

In short, interior architecture deals with the science and interior designs deals with the art.

The whiff of the interior architecture industry is growing. The architects work through their thought process. One such amongst them is Ilse Crawford, she, for her entire work feels that “Design is not just a visual thing. It’s a thought process. It’s a skill. Ultimately, design is a tool to enhance our humanity. It’s a frame for life.”

Having had such words from architects, there are several outsourcing companies who work to fulfill such services and have skilled architects and engineers working with them. Indovance is one such company who offers interior architectural and interior design services.

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Indovance is a global leader who uses the latest technology required for interior architecture. There are certain software’s available which architects use for CAD drawings. Some amongst them are; Auto CAD, Revit, Sketch up, ADT, 3D Studio Max, V Ray, SoftPlan, other rendering and animation software’s.

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So, if you are looking for a finest interior architects and designers than you are on the right platform. Indovance is delivering its services from 2003, and we have pioneered in the field of outsourcing these services.

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