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Monday, November 18, 2013

Renaissance Revit: Creating Classical Architecture with Modern Software


Over the years I have followed Paul Aubin's blog and books.  Throughout those years Paul has been posting about creating classical architecture using Revit (literally, he started talking about this a year ago).  Paul's passion for Revit is indisputable and now his passion for classical architecture is too.  These two passions join forces in a manifesto combining the quality, coherence, and usual gusto put forth in all of Paul's work.  The title, "Renaissance Revit: Creating Classical Architecture with Modern Software", appropriately labels the manifesto.

I was fortunate enough to spend some time with Paul at the Revit Technology Conference this year in Vancouver.  We talked about all kinds of stuff.  Paul seemed particularly excited about finishing "Renaissance Revit" (although the name was not chosen yet).  His excitement is evident in the first sentence of the book, "This is the most exciting book that I have ever written."  And 447 value filled pages later I was left understanding why he was so excited.

Renaissance Revit is much more than just a step-by-step how-to book about creating a Corinthian column. It is an architectural history book, a family creation book, a conceptual massing book, and a parametric design course.  Paul breaks down the classical orders in such a systematic way that you can't imagine building them in any other software.  Revit can't do what? Revit CAN do the classics... And really well...

I can't wait for my next restoration job or typical New England Greek revival building that the project team swears can only be completed in AutoCAD...