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My interest in Blender comes from wanting to use it to model physical structures and produce architectural drawings; what I have so far is really impressive, but there doesn't seem to be too much information about my particular interest.

Are there any (Blender-) resources that would be particularly useful for architects? E.g. packages of standard 'elements' like windows, doors, roofs or whatever, or perhaps a discussion group specifically for architects?

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Hi and welcome to Blender stackexchange. It seems you are asking lots of questions at the same time. Try narrowing it down and dividing it into several question. – Gunslinger Mar 10 '14 at 9:59
This question shouldn't be closed:… it has 10 times more views than other questions – stacker Mar 11 '14 at 6:44

I can't believe no one has mentioned Microvellum yet... maybe it's just too specific to interiors, but it looks incredibly powerful.

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This link pretty much summerises the best addons for Blender to speed up architectural work. And this youtube channel shows how to use the Archimesh addon. If you are new to Blender, you should try googling beginner tutorials for Blender to make yourself familiar with its concepts. BlenderGuru tutorials are popular for example.

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I would strongly recommend using the Sweethome editor for things like floor plans and basic furniture. Environments can be exported into Blender.

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An add-on, called "sun position", will position the sun for architectural ( or other purposes ) based on location, time, and date.

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I suggest Yobi3D - 3D model search engine to look for 3D models on the internet. There are tons of windows, chairs, and architecture related 3D models. The site provides a 3D viewer, so that you can see the models in 3D on browser.

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