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Don’t forget that Cocktail Couture is coming up!


This video is amazing of the 30-story hotel built in China by The Broad Group in 15 days or 360 hours. The hotel was built using prefabricated modules and can withstand a 9.0 earthquake. Watch the video below to learn more about the hotel and see the amazing time lapse sequence.



Who: All interested FSCJ students
Where: Ethan Allen
St. Johns Town Center
4939 Big Island Drive

When: Wednesday, October 12 @6:30 p.m.

What: Student Chapter Event
Historical Agenda
Scavenger Hunt
Light refreshments

Please RSVP by email to Carol Pullen by Wednesday, October 5, 2011. (

There is a new online shelter magazine on the scene. Be sure to check out House of Fifty for some design inspiration. They also keep a blog here and have an ipad app coming soon.

{Image via House of Fifty Blog}

I love to create section views in when I am using Google SketchUp as it can be very effective in highlighting the interior spaces. However traditionally you have not been able to darken in the walls (Poche) to delineate them. Well this months Google SketchUp newsletter illustrates a “quick and dirty” way to poche when creating section views. Please click here to view the tutorial on how to do this as I think you would all find this beneficial for your projects! I also highly recommend subscribing to the Google SketchUp email newsletter and subscribe to their blog as each has loads of tips each month!

{Image via Google SketchUp}

{Mattel’s architect Barbie via Design Milk}

So recently Mattel teamed up with the American Institute of Architects, (AIA) to create architect Barbie. The purpose of this doll is to encourage girls to go into the field of architecture as it is reported that only 17% of AIA’s members are female. Looking at her do you think she embodies an architect? I came across this interesting article on GOOD discussing her in great detail that has some insightful thoughts, I encourage you all to read it!

One of the biggest areas students struggle with when they are first starting out in the design program is finding resources for their projects.  I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for you to begin reading trade (design) magazines, blogs, websites and attending events where vendors are present. By exposing yourself to this material you are broadening your horizons and you can start to build a resource library. It is important for you to save websites, magazine clippings, etc in an organized manner so you can refer back to them when you would like to use them for a project. For example you could keep folders on your computer and organize them into residential and commercial products and then break them down further by furniture, lighting, etc. If you are just saving images make sure that you are also saving the source of where you got it so you can specify it later if need be! One website I like to encourage students to visit is which is the online version of the printed Interior Design magazine.

This website contains a plethora of information for students that are just starting out and I encourage you to explore it extensively. For example you can click on New Products and then click the category you want to explore such as wall paper and you now have a ton of wall paper resources that are all unique and current.  You can also view their daily blog, featured projects and they have a job board and CEU center!