Archinect - News 2014-04-16T21:01:37-04:00 Glow-in-the-dark roads make debut in Netherlands Alexander Walter 2014-04-14T15:43:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T15:44:26-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Light-absorbing glow-in-the-dark road markings have replaced streetlights on a 500m stretch of highway in the Netherlands. Studio Roosegaarde promised us the design back in 2012, and after cutting through rather a lot of government red tape we can finally see the finished product.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Work begins on the world's first 3D-printed house Alexander Walter 2014-03-28T18:28:00-04:00 >2014-04-03T09:37:42-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Zero waste, lower transport costs and recyclable materials &ndash; is 3D-printing the future of housebuilding? Dutch architects are putting the process to the test for the first time in Amsterdam</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Tesla Announces Plans to Build $5 Billion Battery 'Gigafactory' Alexander Walter 2014-02-27T15:05:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T21:01:49-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Palo Alto, Calif., company outlined plans for a factory that would employ up to 6,500 people and cover as many as 1,000 acres, including solar and wind farms to supply its power needs. It is evaluating sites in Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas, Tesla said in a regulatory filing. The proposed 10 million-square-foot facility would make the powerful and pricey lithium-ion batteries that power its Model S and future vehicles.</p></em><br /><br /><p>On its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tesla Blog</a>, the company claims that "by the end of the first year of volume production of our mass market vehicle, we expect the Gigafactory will have driven down the per kWh cost of our battery pack by more than 30 percent."</p><p>Is the electric car not so dead after all?</p><p>See some slides from the 'Gigafactory' presentation below or click <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> for the full document.</p> Robotics Challenge: Creating the Disaster Response of the Future Alexander Walter 2013-12-19T14:39:00-05:00 >2013-12-19T14:45:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="191" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The disaster at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant marked the beginning of the "Robotics Challenge." Developers were rankled by how helpless robots were as they wandered through the radioactively contaminated reactor building. As they swerved around aimlessly in the steam, cables broke and the operators lost contact with the robots. [...] They compiled a list of eight tasks that robots would have to master in the future to be capable of performing well in disaster response.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> What Tech Hasn’t Learned From Urban Planning Archinect 2013-12-16T17:59:00-05:00 >2013-12-18T07:19:02-05:00 <img src="" width="395" height="263" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The tech sector is, increasingly, embracing the language of urban planning &mdash; town hall, public square, civic hackathons, community engagement. So why are tech companies such bad urbanists?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> E Ink introduces display and new PocketBook tablet for use on the construction site Center for Ants 2013-12-03T11:38:00-05:00 >2013-12-09T18:58:01-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Our goal was to develop a device to be used on construction sites. We created a highly portable large format display device with a rugged and weatherproof case that could hold all the CAD drawings a team needs. This makes designs available virtually any place and any time,"</p></em><br /><br /><p> E Ink announces the 13.3" Fina E-ink Display in conjunction with Pocketbook announcing the new PocketBook CAD Reader. Utilizing the Fina display and running Android 4.04, the larger tablet was explicitly designed to display CAD drawings and be utilized in the field for construction. It utilizes touchscreen and a Wacom stylus input and is designed to be integrated with existing AutoCAD based applications. A case designed to withstand the stresses of construction. The tablet has a 1 Ghz dual-core processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB of storage, WiFi and 3g modules, and an 8000 mAh battery.</p> <p> The tablet will be on display at the Autodesk University event in Las Vegas, NV, on December 5th.</p> RoboFold nominated for “Emerging Design Studio” at the ICON Magazine Awards 2013 Justine Testado 2013-12-02T19:01:00-05:00 >2013-12-02T19:07:26-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In light of the upcoming prestigious ICON Magazine Awards 2013 taking place on Dec. 5 at the Oval Space in East London, we're excited to feature industrial design studio RoboFold, who is one of this year's "Emerging Design Studio" nominees. Before RoboFold's establishment in 2007 at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, Gregory Epp &mdash; who was a student there &mdash; spent more than a decade researching curved folding techniques.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <em>&ldquo;Arum&rdquo; Sculpture by Zaha Hadid Architects. Image: Matthias Urschler.</em></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <em>&ldquo;Infinity&rdquo; Sculpture by Stathis Lagoudakis. Image: Tracy Woodford.</em></p> Amazon Reportedly Eyeing Up London Underground Ticket Offices As Delivery Drop-Off Points Alexander Walter 2013-11-22T14:05:00-05:00 >2013-11-25T22:03:37-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[...] London&rsquo;s mayor, Boris Johnson, who yesterday announced that almost all ticket offices on the London Underground transport network would close by 2015 [...]. There are 268 ticket offices on the network in total, and around 260 are set to close [...] Ecommerce giant Amazon is reportedly in talks with Transport for London to use the closed ticket offices as &ldquo;drop off&rdquo; points for deliveries.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>It makes plenty of sense for Amazon to be eyeing up prime Tube real-estate &mdash; which could enable it to build out a whole conveniently-sited network of its delivery Lockers in the U.K. Capital &mdash; giving London&rsquo;s commuters a handy stop-off point to get their goods.</em></p> Spacemaker VR lets designers "walk through" their own 3D creations Justine Testado 2013-11-22T09:56:00-05:00 >2014-01-20T08:40:03-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The Spacemaker VR by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Digital Physical</a> is a virtual reality software system that can add some new perspective to the entire design process. The Spacemaker lets designers export their 3D files and test out their creations, even during the design process. The software also includes customizable presentation display and realistic 3D models of world landmarks -- suitable for travel enthusiasts or perhaps a source of inspiration.<br><br> Digital Physical recently launched a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kickstarter campaign</a> in hopes for a beta release by the first half of 2014.</p> <p> Here's more info DP sent us:</p> <p> "Digital Physical, which includes a number of virtual reality veterans, architects and user experience designers, has set the funding goal at $100,000 USD. The Spacemaker system will include realistic 3d models of world landmarks and buildings, a real-time 3d visualizer, and a simple 3d model creation workflow to enable designers to quickly and easily experience what it's like to walk inside their designs."<br><br><img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> "'Its b...</p> SO-IL and Gensler to ​design creative​ cultural ​incubator for New Museum Justine Testado 2013-11-01T18:06:00-04:00 >2013-11-04T21:59:43-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Museum</a> will be opening an incubator for art, technology, and design next summer in the institution's adjacent building at 231 Bowery in New York. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SO-IL</a> architects in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gensler</a> will design the new 11,000 sq.foot facility, which will be located inside a 19th-century structure that formerly belonged to artists like James Rosenquist and Tom Wesselmann.</p> <p> Developed by Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director of the New Museum and Deputy Developer Karen Wong, the incubator will serve as a collaborative platform of shared educational and professional workspace for more than 60 start-up companies and creative entrepreneurs. The project is the latest addition to program series that aims to challenge the boundaries and relevance of museum practice in the 21st century.</p> <p> Prospective members will go through a rigorous application process before being selected by the incubator's Director and staff committee. Incubator members will then pay a monthly fee in exchange for...</p> World's first "solar sidewalk" installed at George Washington University Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-21T21:14:00-04:00 >2013-10-22T14:15:01-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We typically see photovoltaic panels up on roofs, as they're broad, open surfaces that receive a lot of sunlight. You know what else spends a lot of time in the scorching sun, though? Sidewalks. With that in mind, a team at Washington DC's The George Washington University has created what is claimed to be "the first walkable solar-paneled pathway in the world."</p></em><br /><br /><p> But can my car drive on it? Built by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio39 Landscape Architecture</a>, the solar-sidewalk is installed on GWU's Virginia Science and Technology Campus.</p> AA DLAB Visiting School 2013: Light Forest Justine Testado 2013-10-01T13:22:00-04:00 >2013-10-01T13:22:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Every year, London's Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) hosts collaborative workshops that challenge an international group of student participants at different levels of architectural experience [...]. The AA DLAB VIsiting School 2013 marked its completion with the recent installment of its final prototype, "Light Forest." This year's workshop took place at AA London and AA Hooke Park from July 22-Aug.4.</p></em><br /><br /><p> You can check out previously featured AA DLAB projects <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> ACADIA 2013: Adaptive Architecture conference to present the latest in computational design Justine Testado 2013-09-27T13:46:00-04:00 >2013-09-27T13:48:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mark your calendar for the upcoming ACADIA 2013: Adaptive Architecture conference that will be held at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada on Oct. 24-26. Now in its 36th year, the international conference will present an array of current research and creative design happening in the ACADIA community, an international group of digital designers and researchers dedicated to supporting critical research in computational design.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Mebotics "Microfactory" could be the next step in 3-D printing technology Justine Testado 2013-09-11T15:06:00-04:00 >2013-09-16T23:59:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="466" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Like any other technological device currently out there, newer 3-D printing machines aim to out-do the competition and take things to the next level. Enter <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mebotics LLC</a>, a group of four friends who spent the past year building the Microfactory. Becoming known as "the world's first Machine Shop in a Box", the Microfactory combines additive and subtractive manufacturing into the same machine.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Aside from 3-D printing up to four colors and with multiple materials, the Microfactory can do other tasks like cut wood and precisely mill and etch parts into shapes--even something as intricate as a circuitboard. Its noise-reducing housing and WiFi connectivity also makes it possible for the machine to be operated anywhere, anytime.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Other features include a shop-vac hose enabling the machine to "clean up after itself" as it operates, a full on-board computer, and industry standard built-in software. And to no surprise, the hybrid-manufacturing machine ain't cheap, with preorder pric...</p> First, smart cars. Next, smart transport grids Alexander Walter 2013-09-05T20:07:00-04:00 >2013-09-10T15:34:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="273" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Given current growth trends, the world's population is expected to reach 9 billion people by midcentury. That also means a quadrupling in the number of cars to 4 billion by 2050 -- and that, said Ford, is a recipe for global gridlock that he argues will become "a human rights issue, not just an inconvenience." For Ford [...] the only answer is to create a future where pedestrians, bicycles, and cars become part of a connected network.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> ARki is "Architectural Visualisation in Augmented Reality" Archinect 2013-09-04T19:51:00-04:00 >2013-09-09T18:50:32-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Arki is an Augmented Reality platform for real-time visualisation of architectural models. By incorporating AR technology within the architectural design process, ARki is able to visualise 3d models for both design and presentation purposes, helping to create an immersive visualisation technique with multiple layers of interactivity. ARki can be deployed on any ios/ android device which allows the user to explore 3d data with an added level of navigational freedom.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> MIT accelerates multi-material 3D printing software Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-08-23T17:40:00-04:00 >2013-08-27T11:56:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="186" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The breakthrough not only allows an object made up of many different materials to be printed, but also lets the user change the look and feel of a single material used to print an object. It's possible to print an object with hard and compressible sections out of a single material, even if the raw material isn't flexible in itself.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Now you can 3D print a single object with multiple materials and varying densities, thanks to MIT's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL)</a>. Through an adapted software called Spec2Fab, the designer can specify precisely which materials are to be used in each part of the printed object.</p> <p> As if MIT isn't impressive enough, check out their work with&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">4D printing</a>.</p> The Greatest Mass Transit Fails in History Archinect 2013-08-23T14:56:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T18:31:45-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="267" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Elon Musk's Hyperloop announcement resulted in quite a bit of skepticism. We'd like to think that has less to do with the feasibility of Musk's concept and more to do with the massive mass transit failures of the past. And there have been some doozies.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">L.A. to S.F. in 30 Minutes: Tesla's Hyperloop Would Make CA's High-Speed Rail Blush</a></p> Tomorrow's cities: Do you want to live in a smart city? Archinect 2013-08-19T15:02:00-04:00 >2013-08-20T11:53:48-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="460" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>How do you fancy living in a city with which you can interact? A city that acts more like a living organism, a city that can respond to your needs. [...] But how do we get to this smarter future. Who will be monitoring and controlling the sensors that will increasingly be on every building, lamp-post and pipe in the city? And is it a future we even want?</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Could Electric Cars Threaten the Grid? Archinect 2013-08-16T15:20:00-04:00 >2013-08-21T16:04:41-04:00 <img src="" width="168" height="168" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Plugging in an electric vehicle is, in some cases, the equivalent of adding three houses to the grid. That has utilities in California&mdash;where the largest number of electric vehicles are sold&mdash;scrambling to upgrade the grid to avoid power outages.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> If You Think 3D Printing Is Disruptive, Wait for 4D Archinect 2013-08-16T14:46:00-04:00 >2013-08-19T19:29:43-04:00 <img src="" width="359" height="239" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What 4D printing offers is the opportunity for objects to change, to adapt to their environment, to respond. Earlier this year, Skylar Tibbits, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Self-Assembly Lab, created a bit of a stir with his talk on 4D printing. &ldquo;We are looking at the ability to program physical and biological materials to change shape, change properties and even compute outside of silicon-based matter,&rdquo; Mr. Tibbits told the TED conference in February.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Brooklyn Tech Triangle as the next Silicon Valley? Justine Testado 2013-08-12T17:49:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T21:36:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="367" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooklyn Tech Triangle</a> could become the next Silicon Valley -- if the strategic plan to bolster the emerging tech hub comes to full fruition. The plan was developed over a six-month period by a multidisciplinary team led by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">WXY Architecture + Urban Design</a> and the Brooklyn Tech Triangle coalition (Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, the DUMBO Improvement District, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation). The Tech Triangle is projected to bring immense growth to the local economy as soon as 2015.<br><br> In 2012, local tech and creative firms participated in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">a study</a> conducted by the coalition that revealed the Triangle's potential for economic impact and innovation. The Triangle contains <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Downtown Brooklyn</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DUMBO</a>, and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the Brooklyn Navy Yard</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> Key objectives in the strategic plan include enhancing workforce development, increasing availability of affordable real estate, improving infrastructure and transportation routes, and public-space creation. In summation, the plan aims to...</p> When 'Smart Homes' Get Hacked: I Haunted A Complete Stranger's House Via The Internet Alexander Walter 2013-07-30T13:04:00-04:00 >2013-08-06T17:36:55-04:00 <img src="" width="200" height="282" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;I can see all of the devices in your home and I think I can control them,&rdquo; I said to Thomas Hatley, a complete stranger in Oregon who I had rudely awoken with an early phone call on a Thursday morning. He and his wife were still in bed. Expressing surprise, he asked me to try to turn the master bedroom lights on and off. Sitting in my living room in San Francisco, I flipped the light switch with a click, and resisted the Poltergeist-like temptation to turn the television on as well.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Is Your Architect A Computer? A New Exhibit Reveals How Building Went Digital... And Why You Should Care Archinect 2013-06-26T11:50:00-04:00 >2013-07-01T18:59:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As a revealing new exhibit at the Canadian Centre for Architecture shows, ambivalence about digital architecture was characteristic of most of the architects who pioneered it, including Peter Eisenman, Chuck Hoberman and Shoei Yoh. &ldquo;The computer has become an opportunistic gadget for most of the profession,&rdquo; Gehry tells the architect-cum-curator Greg Lynn in an interview for the exhibition catalogue.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> How the U.S. Government Waged War Against the House of Tomorrow Archinect 2013-06-06T19:06:00-04:00 >2013-06-11T09:07:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Trade organizations and builders of all stripes joined in the call for a tamping down of public expectations &mdash; especially those that might get cut out of the new modern style of construction. You see, plastic and glass and steel were the future. And since wood wasn't exactly presented as the building material of tomorrow, organizations like the Arkansas Soft Pine Bureau were happy to contribute by advising the industry to tone it down...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 3D printing expert lists the reasons why he thinks the technology is overhyped Archinect 2013-06-04T20:17:00-04:00 >2013-06-10T22:13:13-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>This is the future! And it is, in some respects &mdash; it&rsquo;s going to open so many things up in the world. But that doesn&rsquo;t mean to say that you will do it yourself or that it will decentralize manufacturing, like the hype seems to suggest. So, no revolution? The main issue lies with raised expectations, build quality, price and usability. So here we go, my list of reasons 3D printing isn&rsquo;t all you think it&rsquo;s cracked up to be.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Bluetooth is coming to your deadbolt Archinect 2013-05-30T19:20:00-04:00 >2013-06-04T15:31:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="190" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The August Smart Lock is the secure, simple, and social way to manage your home&rsquo;s lock. Now you can control who can enter and who can&rsquo;t&mdash;without the need for keys or codes. And you can do it all from your smartphone or computer.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Key-less entry has been available for cars for ages. It's about time buildings adopt this new technology. Fortunately, this new product is designed by master product designer Yves Behar, of Fuseproject.</p> Adobe is scratching the surface with new analog tools for digital drawings Archinect 2013-05-29T16:18:00-04:00 >2013-06-04T00:38:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="298" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our XD team revealed a few projects they're working on at Adobe MAX 2013. The team has been exploring how new form factor displays, new interactions (like touch and gesture), cloud connections and even new hardware might change how you all create and in turn how it might impact what software we need to build.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The too-smart city Archinect 2013-05-22T20:01:00-04:00 >2013-05-27T16:47:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="147" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We&rsquo;re already building the metropolis of the future&mdash;green, wired, even helpful. Now critics are starting to ask whether we&rsquo;ll really want to live there.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> SOM and CASE launch AEC-APPS, crowdsourced resource for sharing tech architecture tools Archinect 2013-04-15T19:11:00-04:00 >2013-04-22T19:11:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="309" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AEC-APPS</a> is the first Web-based library of architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) applications built by and for digital tool users and toolmakers, who share a common interest in the evolution of innovative technologies. Conceived, designed, and maintained by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Skidmore, Owings &amp; Merrill</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CASE</a> to lead the industry toward a model of collaborative knowledge and technology exchange, AEC-APPS connects tools, from snippets of code to established software platforms, and people, from educators and students to practitioners and hobbyists. Part WikipediaTM, part GitHubTM, AEC-APPS is a not-for-profit online community that fosters knowledge sharing and problem solving across disciplines, software platforms, geographic locations, and experience levels.</p> <p> &ldquo;Innovation in digital tools is changing the nature of practice, and it&rsquo;s being driven by many players in different parts of the AEC industry, but they are not often aware of one another&rsquo;s efforts,&rdquo; notes SOM&rsquo;s Technical Director N...</p>