INTRO TO RHINO FOR ARCHITECTS 
PMPD-321

In the world of three-dimensional design, Rhinoceros 3D is the key digital tool in any workflow from design to manufacture. If you have a passion for creating and communicating three dimensional objects, this beginner’s course will teach you how to conceptualize your ideas and how to represent them using a unique 3D modeling tool. Although Rhino 3D has various applications throughout the field of design, this course focuses on the niche of architecture. 

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ARCHITECTURAL RENDERING WITH DIGITAL COLLAGE
PMPD-319

Create engaging interior and exterior architectural images utilizing 3D modeling software programs such as Sketch Up or Rhino and assemble your images in Photoshop to create digital collages to effectively present compelling design concepts.

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FILM, SPACE & ARCHITECTURE
PMPD-320

View movies that have highly influenced architecture with their cinematography and use of perspectives. compare architectural projects that have been influenced by cinema techniques and learn how movies generate new concepts of space. 

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DESIGNING MOBILITY
PMPD-294

For the architect, schooled in museums and houses, or the LA, schooled in parks and estates, mobility systems are often a mystery.  Do we really need so much parking?  Why do traffic engineers always seem to want more and wider roads?  Are there some rules of thumbs for transit design and operation?  How large should the corner radius be?  Is micro-mobility good or bad?  Should pedestrian ramps be aligned with the sidewalk or the curb? This seminar would be delivered as a set of basic principles and design standards for each of the subjects.  A design exercise where the principles and standards could be applied.  We will also explore code requirements that exacerbate auto-dependency.

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STREET GRIDS: FOR WALKING OR DRIVING?
PMPD-292

This seminar will give a brief history of street grids, review recent research, and present a idealize grid structure following basic principles of human behavior. Participants will be encouraged to submit their own work on the subject for a compare/contrast exercise.

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POST-PANDEMIC CITIES
PMPD-293

As we enter the brave new post-pandemic world, there will be many questions about how to cities should be designed.  There will be tension between those who prefer a suburban style system with built-in social distancing, and those who value the connections cities have to offer: access to parks, quiet streets, wide sidewalks, a continuous bike network, and uncrowded transit.  Living during a lockdown has shown how nice cities can be without traffic.  The air is cleaner, streets are less noisy, walking to the store for provisions not only supports the local economy but also is exercise. 

This seminar will discuss ways to that urban design and green mobility can contribute to healthier cities.

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FENG SHUI AND ARCHITECTURE
PMPD-718

An overview of Feng Shui, from its ancient origins to its various schools of interpretation to its practical application in modern construction, will be presented. Case studies of buildings erected with and without these principals will be studied and compared. Symbolic and cultural aspects in architecture will be examined, including what constitutes a harmonious landscape in accordance with Feng Shui principles. Discussions regarding what benefits the occupants, as well as the interests of the public, will be covered. Examination of Feng Shui strategies that have been used in luxury buildings and in entire cities will be explored.

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INTRO TO HVAC SYSTEMS
PMPD-615

Learn the practical knowledge of HVAC systems that every professional in the construction industry needs. Focus on the engineering fundamentals and practical considerations for the selection of HVAC systems. Examine the different HVAC systems for commercial buildings and their applications and equipment types. In addition to the basics of the refrigeration cycle, discover how chilled water systems and heat pump systems work; how Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems perform; the basic principles of heat rejection devices; geothermal system operation; and concepts such as variable air volume (VAV), constant volume (CV), dual duct systems, heating loads, and more.

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DOWNTOWN ASSESSMENTS AND COMMUNITY VISIONING
XT-405

In order to properly revitalize the existing Downtown/ Main Street business district, the first step in the process will be an: Assessment of the Existing Downtown / Main Street district. This Assessment will serve as a vital, preliminary analysis, of the issues, assets, needs and opportunities that currently exist, as well as the preliminary recommendations for next steps that will be required for the project area. 

Following the completion of the Downtown/ Main Street Assessment, described above, a critical component of any revitalization effort is the development of a community-based vision. 

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CONSTRUCTION SPECIFICATIONS WRITING
PMPD-836

Learn specifications writing techniques that boost your confidence to research, evaluate, write, and edit construction specifications. Understand the correct specifications writing language; use master electronic specifications systems and the internet to research, evaluate, and specify products and systems for construction. Explore the history of specifications writing, from development to present.

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RESIDENTIAL CONVERSION OF LOFT BUILDINGS
PMPD-795 

For architects or engineers currently planning a conversion project or who would like to supplement and enhance their range of knowledge and generate possible new sources of revenue, this course will enrich the professional’s tools by developing the knowledge required to understand and plan the conversion of commercial and manufacturing buildings to legal residential use. Issues involving the NYC Building J Code, the NYS Multiple Dwelling Law, the NYC Zoning Resolution, and the NYC Housing Maintenance Code will be investigated. The review process by the NYC Buildings Department and the NYC Loft Board will be explored.

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SPECIFICATIONS WRITING, PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES
PMPD-801

Discuss the materials and products used in building construction; learnt the methods to research, evaluate, and select products; and practice specifications writing. Discover how to establish requirements, identify attributes and products, and write biddable and binding specifications. 

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BIOPHILIC DESIGN: SCIENCE, PATTERNS, PROCESS
PMPD-316

Indoors is the new outdoors. Join Helena van Vliet AIA for an introduction to the design of "Well-Being Places." This multi-sensory seminar builds on innate human spatial preferences, their evolutionary origins, purpose, and relevance in meeting todays’ sustainability and health challenges.

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INTRODUCTION TO HVAC DESIGN
PMPD-792

Learn the engineering fundamentals and practical considerations for the design of components and layout of HVAC systems. Learn how to calculate cooling and heating loads for commercial buildings and apply the principles of psychrometric processes to the design of optimal air-conditioning and heating systems. Learn and identify the different types of HVAC systems and equipment commonly used in commercial buildings. This practical course outlines the design process for all major HVAC components including equipment selection and air and water distribution (ductwork and piping) and its major components (fans and pumps). You also study best practices in HVAC system design strategies for high efficiency building design from real-world case studies.

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IMPROVING PUBLIC HEALTH BY GREENING YOUR SPECIFICATIONS
PMPD-955

Discuss the history of green design, including the research, studies and experiments that led to the adoption of the LEED® rating system. Participants will earn how to correlate studies to green design, understand the LEED® rating system, and learn how to implement LEED® principles in specifications. Learn how to create and edit Division One General Requirements Sections to cover the procedural and administrative requirements necessary to make sustainable architecture practices a reality.

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ZONING + LAND USE: IMPACT ON ARCHITECTURE AND THE CITY
PMPD-295

Analyze the various aspects of Zoning and its impacts on architecture and the community. This course examines the (legal) history of zoning/land use. The class highlights how zoning laws are created in order to minimize any negative aspect to the public health on architectural developments. The course uses the New York City Zoning Resolution (NYC ZR) and reinforcing movie clips as a backdrop to understanding the basic concepts of land use/zoning.

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ARCHITECT’S ROLE IN DEVELOPMENT: PRESERVING THE PUBLIC’S WELFARE
PMPD-298

This course traces the history of the architect/engineer in the creation of significant urban development that gave rise to corner-stone concepts of preservation of the public’s welfare. Participants engage in an online classroom environment where conventional notions of the architect’s role in development are challenged.

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NEW YORK CITY COMMERCIAL ENERGY CODE
PMPD-791

Focus on the prescriptive compliance path of the NYC energy code and on the selections of the code highlighted, explanations of the applicability of the section, and corresponding images of real-life building situations of compliant and non-compliant constructions. Review and analyze the mechanical, envelope and lighting/power requirements for commercial buildings. 

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INTRODUCTION TO HEALTHCARE DESIGN-BEST PRACTICES, AND THE EVIDENCE-BASED DESIGN PRACTICE
PMPD-299

This intense full-day course will introduce the subject of Healthcare Design from the perspective of Evidence-Based Design (EBD) thinking, as well as the EDAC process, and current best practices. The course will include introductions to healthcare design: research, design criteria for physical design outcomes, healthcare design history and current typologies, and also discuss LEED for Healthcare Design, lighting, sustainable materials, finishes & furniture for healthcare.

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RESIDENTIAL CONVERSION OF LOFT SPACES
PMPD-795

For architects or engineers currently planning a conversion project or who would like to supplement and enhance their range of knowledge and generate possible new sources of revenue, this course will enrich the professional’s tools by developing the knowledge required to understand and plan the conversion of commercial and manufacturing buildings to legal residential use. 

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INTRODUCTION TO THE PROCESS OF DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION
PMPD-740

Learn how communities throughout New York City and New York State began their revitalization processes, how they learned to capitalize on their assets, and how the extensive amount of information is organized into a comprehensive strategy with a specific work plan for implémentation.

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DOWNTOWN ASSESSMENTS AND COMMUNITY VISIONING
XT-605

In order to properly revitalize the existing Downtown/ Main Street business district, as well as encourage and guide new development, the first step in the process will be an: Assessment of the Existing Downtown / Main Street district.

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CREATING A DOWNTOWN/MAIN STREET STRATEGY: A STRATEGIC PLAN TO A COMMUNITY’S FUTURE, PART ONE
XT-607

Are you interested in breathing life back into your downtown?  Learn how communities throughout NYC and New York State began their revitalization processes, and how they learned to capitalize on their assets, and how the extensive amounts of information were organized into a comprehensive strategy, with a specific work plan for implementation. This session will describe this unique approach, that helps communities to achieve downtown revitalization success. This session will require each student to begin a “Strategy” for their own community’s Downtown/ Main Street district.

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