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Do Drywall Seams Have to Be on a Stud?

When installing or detailing drywall, or gypsum board, you may be wondering if you need to dimension the pieces centered on the studs of the wall or ceiling you are working with. Ideally you want to make sure that the drywall seams are centered on …

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Proportion and Scale in Architecture

Proportion and scale are used extensively in architecture to create forms that are both functional and pleasing to the eye. Establishing a balance between the two is what separates great architecture from other types of structures. Designers use scale to create compositions that are appropriate …

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Elements of Circulation in Architecture

Circulation in architecture refers to the way people move throughout a building, and how they interact with the physical space around them. Circulation also occurs prior to entering a building, as people approach a structure. While people by nature ultimately decide which way they chose …

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Spatial Organization in Architecture

Organization of space in architecture is fundamental to the creation of composition. It brings together different forms and shapes and provides a cohesive structure to the design. Spaces in a building can be organized into patterns so that they relate to one another in a …

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Form and Space in Architecture

It is often said that architecture is the combination of space and form. Space encompasses the volume of a structure, the parts of a building we move through and experience. But space can only be created through the use of form. Form is the mass, …

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6 Ordering Principles Used in Architecture

Architecture is generally thought to be a creative field where form is derived by sudden inspiration: the memory of something beautiful seen in the past, an interpretation of something that catches one’s attention in the present, or any other source of inspiration. While architectural design …

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7 Types of Joints in Building Construction

While we may not perceive it visually, buildings are in constant motion. Wind causes buildings to sway, temperature changes cause expansion and contraction in building surfaces and moisture causes expansion of materials. Additionally, seismic events can cause differential movement in both the structure and finishes …

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How to Prevent Condensation in Buildings

An important component of building insulation is the control of humidity and moisture. Condensation, as a result of moisture, needs to be prevented from entering walls and compromising the integrity of the insulation within. Condensation control in buildings is critical to prevent damage to structures. …