#061 - WHO GETS TOO MUCH AND WHO GETS TOO LITTLE

Another undeniable truth, at least in London. Some of us decide to spend their life working to build a better tomorrow, others to widen their portfolio of properties.

Mr D. Tail believes that owning a house should be a fundamental human right.

A first step would be that the government starts to monitor the market and takes action against those who own multiple properties. The trick is to reduce the demand by increasing the offer. Indirectly with taxes and restrictions, those who own 3 or more properties should be forced to sell some of them helping to reduce the demand. Building thousands of new luxury houses or flats won't certainly resolve the issue, on the contrary, it would help to worsen it because the prices would keep rise.

The second step would be starting to say no to overpriced rents fees, and property prices. Too many people intentionally pay more than the property's true value, starting from foreign investors. That creates a domino effect. 

#059 - CONSTELLATIONS: LEO

Leo is the fifth sign of the zodiac. Leo has an independent character,  love being centre stage and need something to control. It is not a case that the Leo's mascot is symbolised by the lion, the king of the jungle. They are successful on their own, but they would be much happy if they have an audience

Leo has a warm spirit and is social, their enthusiasm attracts people. 

On the positive side, Leo is ambitious, loyal, generous and encouraging. On the negative side, they are pompous, bossy, melodramatic, obstinate and vain. 

Said that you are not surprised to see Mr. D. Tail immortalized with a lion, unquestionably both proud of themselves, looking at the Leo's zodiac constellation.

#058 – TIPS ON HOW TO BE A CREATIVE DESIGNER

We all are creative individuals. No matter our profession or cultural background, we are all involved in using our imagination to create something. We do not need to produce materially something to be creative, we need to be capable of visualising it, and we all are.

However, we have to recognise that sometimes we become rusted, and, unfortunately, we do not use the imagination to generate original ideas but to dig problems. 

If you need to get back on track, then follow these Mr D. Tail’s bits of advice below on how to be a creative one:

NETWORK WITH ENTHUSIASM: 
Talk and spent quality time with stimulating people, possibly with interests different from ours.

LISTEN PEOPLE’S OPINION:
Do not talk too much during a conversation, instead listen to other idea, ask questions and try to understand others’ point of view.

ACCEPT AND LEARN FROM MISTAKES:
Making a mistake is normal, not be worry too much about it. Learn from it and keep doing what you have to do. 

CHANGE YOUR MIND:
Be flexible in changing your mind, do not hold at any cost your point of view. Accept the fact that other ideas might work better.

SHARE YOUR IDEAS CONSTRUCTIVELY:
Share with other your ideas. Accept different opinions and try to understand them. 

RELAX
Do not take life too seriously. Enjoy the process and have a lot of fun.

#055 – NOT ALL UP ARROWS ARE TELLING THE SAME STORY

Seeing an up arrow on diagrams such these ones is not always a good sign. The meaning is strictly related to what the X and Y axis represent.
Take Mr D. Tail, for example. The up arrow on the left diagram shows his business achievements. Instead, the up arrow on the right diagram shows his successful performance in gaining weight. The first configuration it makes you feel happy the second one awkward.

#054 - CONSTELLATIONS: CANCER

This month we are under the sign of Cancer, the fourth sign in the zodiac.  It represents those born between June 21st and July 22nd.
Cancer is domestic and love the comforts of home, they want security yet seek new adventures. Cancer is extremely loyal with those who appreciate him/her.
 
On the negative side, the Cancer is grumpy, self-pitying and hypersensitive.  They are complex, impulsive, unpredictable and full of contradiction and need continuous backing and encouragement.

The crab is the symbol of the Cancer, and like the crab the Cancer is quick to retreat into its shells (or home) if it suits its mood.

Said that you should now understand why Mr D. Tail is nearby to his sweet home yet tempt by sea adventures. 

#052 - THE COLOUR GREEN

Today we are talking about Green, a colour of balance and harmony. It is a relaxing colour and apparently make us feel happy. Green is a colour of growth, regeneration and rebirth. Overall it is a positive colour.

However, all that glitters is not gold as the colour green can be possessive and materialistic, with a need to own people and things.

Under a technical point of view green is a secondary colour and it is a combination of yellow and blue.

In today post Mr D. Tail is suggesting the meaning of colour green. Self-confident and secure he is meditating in the middle of a growing vegetation environment, while avidly controlling his belongings. 

#051 – RELIABLE NEWS

Today on any smartphone you can download and sign up to applications that bring together several magazines.

Through the merge of several magazines in a single product, we have the opportunity to compare news from different sources and realise how contradictory these media sometimes are (click on the image to read the news on the display).

#050 - RELIEVE YOURSELF FROM A BURDEN

As human being often we are caught in a whirl of negative thoughts. Of course, we want to get rid of them because they do not make us feel any good.

Here a contemplative exercise that will hopefully help to get rid of them.

It is an emotional issue, so we have work on our awareness. First try to visualize a plurality of anvils. The anvil is heavy and tough to lift, like our burdens. Think that each anvil represents one of your burdens.

Now visualizes one of the anvil lifted and taken away from your eyesight by a small helium balloon. It is important that you take your time to see the balloon slowly disappear. Repeat the exercise for all of the other anvils or burdens.

Mr. D. Tail tried the exercise and can happily confirmed that it worked.

#049 - CONSTELLATIONS: GEMINI

This month we are under the sign of Gemini, the third sign in the zodiac. It represents those born between May 21th and June 20th.

Gemini is energetic, persuasive and enthusiastic for this reasons he does not like to be a member of the audience. He detests routine and boredom and need excitement and variety.

Gemini is intelligent and imaginative. They can persuade and manipulate very well, and this make them excellent managers able to motivate a team.

Notwithstanding Gemini has interesting things to say he is superficial. They often give an opinion without exploring them thoroughly.

Despite thinking clearly, they are impulsive and indecisive and has conflicting emotions. It may be the reason Gemini is said to have a dual nature and symbolized by twins. Geminis are a mix of the yin and the yang, and they are represented perfectly by the Twins.

Above all Gemini enjoy communicating, are a master of communication and love to talk a lot. Said so you should not be surprised to see Mr. D. Tail and his twin brother are chatting a lot in this post.

#048 - BIM MATURITY LEVELS

This post just wants to illustrate the different levels, from 0 to 3, that broadly define the progressive BIM (Building Information Model) process. There is a certain level of uncertainty surrounding BIM and its meaning but we believe we made the point down here:

Level 0

No coordination across disciplines. Only 2D CAD tools are used to produce documentation.

Level 1

There is still no collaboration between different disciplines. 3D CAD tools used for concept works and 2D CAD tools for production. Standards data structure throughout the project is adopted. Common data environment created to share information electronically.

Level 2

All disciplines are coordinated, design information is shared through a common environment. Each discipline is working on its own 3D CAD project model, information is exchange between different parties in a combined model. Common file format is used (basically same software).

Level 3

There is full collaboration between all disciplines. A unique shared project model is used and all parties can access and modify it. There are advantages because it removes the risk for conflicting information, on the other hand this level of coordination requires a huge efforts from all disciplines that unwillingly have to disclose too many information at earlier stages.

But it is not finish yet, we also have these still vague levels that worth to mention:

Level 4

Analyse time

Level 5

Cost management

Level 6

Facilities management

For the post we have been inspired by “

The Bew-Richards BIM Maturity Model

”, instead Mr D. Tail has had his controversial view, as usual.

Also more info about BIM in our previous

post

#047 - BIM – BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING

BIM is an acronym describing digital design, construction and facilities management in the construction industry. "B" stands for building of course, "I" for information and "M" is not clear yet but it may be interpreted as Modelling or Management depending if you are designing or managing the project.

However the National Institute of Building Sciences in the United States put some light on this subject stating that BIM is:

“A digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility… and a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle; defined as existing from earliest conception to demolition.”

As the above definition didn't help us at all, we decided to look through some RIBA publications. That was even more confusioning, we found out that anybody can say what they want about BIM.

On our side we put a lot of effort in pursuing the perfect BIM definition and now we are pretty confident in saying that BIM is a multidisciplinary approach to the design, construction e management of a building (or infrastructure). Various disciplines are involved in the design of a building, such as architects, structural engineers, mechanical and electrical engineers. All of them are working on the same digital model. In this way everyone involved must work and collaborate together with the same standards. If one discipline fail to deliver his package the team fail in delivering the project to the client.

All seem pretty amazing but, as Mr D. Tail is trying to explain us, the theory may be different from the practice. 

#046 - POLITICIAN’S RESPONSIBILITIES

Politician’s job is undoubtedly tough, especially when they are running for a political position.

In fact the party leaders are visible exhausted while the UK general election campaign enters its final days.

However, we should not be worry too much about them. According to

huffingtonpost.co.uk

the parliamentary officials bought in increasingly larger numbers of champagne bottles each year to refill the House of Commons' stock. Once MPs will get the legitimate mandate to serve the nation, they will have plenty of time to get back on one's feet again in one of the parliament's bars and restaurants.

By the way, at the end Mr D. Tail has enjoyed the acting.

#045 - CONSTELLATIONS: TAURUS

This month we are under the sign of Taurus, the second sign in the zodiac. It represents those born between April 21th and May 21st.

Taurus loves comfort and likes being surrounded by pleasing and relaxing things. They simply want to get things done and for this they are tenacious, obstinate and determinate, for this reason it is not a case if the Taurus is associated with the bull.

They aren't interested in living without beauty in their lives, they love art and do not deny themselves many good things like good food and wine. Taurus are somewhat possessive and get pretty argumentative but they also quickly calm down.

They love stable relationship and values harmony in their personal lives. In fact they are loyal, romantic and sentimentalist like the bull that is showing devotion to MDT.

#044 - ENERGY EFFICIENCY RATING

The energy efficiency rating is a measure of the overall efficiency of a home. The higher the rating the more energy efficient the home is and the lower the fuel bills will be. This score is found on an Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), a mandatory document, in England and Wells, which states the energy efficiency of the building when rent or sold.

This is a result of European Union Directive 2002/91/EC relating to the energy performance of buildings. The principle of this directive is to make energy use in buildings transparent by the issuing of a certificate showing the energy rating of a property, along with recommendations on how to improve efficiency.

As Mr D. Tail demonstrates, a Passive house has a high rating because it has an excellent level of insulation and airtightness.

On the contrary an old Victorian house, non-insulated with uncontrolled draughts that let air come in and out, show a low rating.

However we should not lose hope if we own an old house. Today the construction market offer plenty of products that help us to improve the building performance of a house to an acceptable level, even a Victorian house.

#043 - ARCHITECTURAL PROCUREMENT

In the construction environment the procurement is a mechanism which provides all the activities undertaken by a client to get a project built.

On this post we are looking on how the architectural services are procured. There are many procurement methods but all of them redirect to the following main activities:

1. Briefing and Assessment

2. Concept Design

3. Design Development

4. Constriction

5. Inspection and Evaluation

Mr D. Tail is helping us to understand this process.

Odd to say, but today this historical main client/architect relationship is infrequent. Unfortunately architecture is not any longer considered the core discipline of the construction process, on the contrary, for many it has become a superfluous ornament. More posts will follow about this subject.