Architectural Web Portal and Interactive CAD Learning in Hungary

Architectural Web Portal and Interactive CAD Learning in Hungary

Attila Somfai (“Széchenyi István” University, Hungary)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-869-2.ch014
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It is the aim of this case to show the teaching web portal of the Faculty of Architecture at “Széchenyi István” University ( and its many uses. Nowadays, the Internet helps us to look into Hungarian and foreign study aids, and architectural websites. The Internet has created potential new and effective ways of cooperation between lecturers and students of the university and other institutions of higher education. The teaching web portal mentioned above realizes diversity and complexity of architecture, with efficient grouping of information, while being attentive to high professional standards. Computer Aided Architectural Modeling ( is one of the new types of online lecture notes, where many narrated screen captured videos show the proper usage of cad software instead of texts and figures. This interactive type of learning assists students to become more independent learners. This type of teaching modality provides the opportunity for students who need more time to acquire subject matter through viewing video examples. The success of our departments’ common web initiations can be measured through Internet statistics and feedback of the students and external professionals.
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Electronic Teaching Knowledge Bases As Archetypes

Based on existing professional databases and idea exchange, electronic teaching databases were believed to be suitable for the above detailed wide-ranging demands at our university. We were familiarized with one initiative in 1999 presented at the Conference on Building Construction where the educational computer program package on building construction (called “FAL”, meaning “Wall”) developed at the Budapest Technical University was introduced us by Nándor Bártol (see: Figure 1). The author wished to integrate the electronic lecture aids from the university department and links from outside of the university – representing the professional life – into a common knowledge base. The ideas on the structure of the database, the professional requirements and the way of actualizing were formulated as follows:.

Figure 1.

“FAL” – Conceptual scheme of an Educational Program Package on Building Construction developed at the Budapest Technical University (© 1999, Nándor Bártol. Used with permission)


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