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Advanced Modeling in Revit Architecture elaborates on the basics of core elements in Revit, such as walls, floors, roofs, and curtain walls, and digs into specialized features such as in-place families, adaptive components, and the massing environment. Author Paul F. Aubin guides designers into thinking both in and out of the box, through discovering and applying industry standard best practices, employing creative and sometimes unconventional techniques and procedures, and finding ways to make models serve multiple concurrent project goals.
In the last movie, I mentioned how we can use adaptive components to build some rather interesting and unusual things. In this movie I would like to talk about why that's the case. So, I don't have any files open right now; we are actually going to create it from scratch. And I want to show you why adaptive components are intriguing. In this chapter I wanted to show you that if we come over here and we create a brand new family--now I am not doing new Conceptual Mass; I am doing new Family-- that takes me to the Standard Revit Family Template folder. I'm in the imperial version; there is also a metric version.
If you scroll down, you'll notice that under the Generic Model Templates, there is a special template called Generic Model Adaptive, and this is actually what makes these adaptive components unique is that their category starts off being generic model and you can actually change that category to many other things. So let me go ahead and open this template, Generic Model Adaptive. At first blush, it looks like the Massing Environment; in fact, it has all of the same Massing Environment tools.
It has the visible levels and reference planes. In pretty much all ways it is the Massing Environment, with one significant difference. If I come over here to the Family and Categories button up on the Home ribbon and click it, notice that the list of categories that you would normally find in the traditional Family Editor is also included here. Now I'm currently set to Generic Model. I can actually change the category to just about anything on this list. When doing that, if I load this family into a project, Revit will actually see this object as that category. It won't require me to turn on Show Mass and then hide it again when Show Mass is toggled off.
It will actually see the object as the category that it's assigned to. I will leave it to Generic Model, and I want to contrast that to New > Conceptual Mass. If I open this up, this is the one we have been working on throughout the course so far. If I go to Family Category Parameters, if you try to change the category here, Revit will tell you that you're not allowed. So they kind of tease you by giving you the list, but then as soon as you try and change something, it says it's prohibited. So I am going to close out there and cancel.
That ability to change categories is the main difference of an adaptive component that allows us to take the modeling capabilities that we have in the massing environment and use them to build forms that can be categorized as any category and appear directly in a project environment. And that's an example we are going to look at over the next couple of movies.
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