building orientation issues

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    Arthur Molinari

    Lu,

    I believe NCARB does, and if they don't that's a shame.

    Perhaps Michelle NCARB can chime in?

     

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    LU HAN

    thanks for the comment, Arthur. Since PPD has a lot of similar questions, this could affect a lot. . . but some of my fellow colleagues who passed have said they did not rotate the building. 

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    Arthur Molinari

    No worries, Lu. I like to do things "the right way" and if rotating the building due east between 5-20 degrees is incorrect (in Northern Hemisphere temperate climates) then my stubborn-self will get it wrong every time ;) However, this question is fully loaded anyway, because it doesn't take into consideration particular key criteria that should be mentioned to respond adequately. Luckily it's only one point to gamble with. There are certain answers that I cannot respond to the way NCARB suggests being right. Obviously, if I am wrong I'll admit it, but when it comes to questions like the one we're discussing I'm not budging. Also, when you do finally practice with a license, as long as you make decisions based on being morally, ethically, and sustainably correct - it will be difficult to be argued with.

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    William May

    I asked one of the architects I work with about this.  The reply was that the test is the test.  The real world is the real world.  The two are not the same.

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    Arthur Molinari

    William, I agree with you 100%. This is not my first rodeo I am taking PPD for the third time, and have a week to let go of my real-world knowledge to a great extent, and just tackle the beast as best as I can as if I am still in school, just studied the books, and don't know how complicated the field really is.

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    William May

    I find this really frustrating.  I'm seeing a lot of money pouring into a very deep hole.  Have you taken and passed any divisions yet Arthur?

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    William May

    It seems to me that design is dictated by the space that the building is being placed in.  If a building is on a location by itself, then you orient it with the idea of the East-West line.  But if it is being built between 2 or 4 other buildings that form a block, you don't have the ability to turn it, it's going to conform to the existing conditions.

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    Arthur Molinari

    William, I have PPD and PDD to go. I transitioned last summer, and it has been a tough 9 months not passing any 5.0 exams.

    Your last comment also makes "too" much sense...I digress.

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    Courtney Reid

    Hi All -

    Just passed my last exam PPD yesterday.  I am just perusing the forums to kind of debrief my mind and makes sense of what I encountered on this exam.  It is certainly more of a mixed bag compared to PDD which I found to have much more concise and clear questions.  The questions on PPD have more of a 4.0 vibe to me.

    Anyway - in regards to this topic.. what are your thoughts on placing the buildings to achieve views?  do you orient the buildings based on views?  does one facade take more precedence than another?

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    Arthur Molinari

    Courtney, Congrats!

    I agree with you in regards to the PPD questions being similar to 4.0.

    Haven't taken PDD yet, but will be in June - I'm very excited about that (hopefully it's my last ever ARE).

    I don't fully understand your question about views. Of course, views are very important, but typically the exam provides some criteria or description to enable us to decide how to orient the building based on a "key" view, as well as prevailing winds, solar orientation, avoid northern winds, avoid slope, and keep to a flat pad etc.

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    Courtney Reid

    Thanks!  I found PDD to be much easier.. work experience helped more than the study material so I'm sure you'll pass!

    I guess I just felt like there were only two parameters which provided too many options for placement and not a whole lot happening on the site.  Anyway, I guess it doesn't matter for me at this point.  Don't ya wish you could just see what the answers were? ha!

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