Archinect - News 2017-05-26T05:31:59-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149991311/designing-together-in-the-cloud-how-architects-and-engineers-use-cloud-collaboration-to-increase-productivity Designing Together in the Cloud: How architects and engineers use cloud collaboration to increase productivity Sponsor 2017-02-13T09:00:00-05:00 >2017-02-28T20:17:00-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/lw/lw2pyaypj7mlp9wi.jpg" width="650" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><a href="http://team.bim360.com/?utm_source=archinect&amp;utm_medium=enewsletter-01a&amp;utm_campaign=vs-bim360team-archinect-01a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/uploads/2r/2rhv89oojgyhryoe.png"></a><em><strong>This post is brought to you by <a href="http://team.bim360.com/?utm_source=archinect&amp;utm_medium=enewsletter-01a&amp;utm_campaign=vs-bim360team-archinect-01a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIM 360 Team</a></strong></em><br>&nbsp;<p>Your latest building design project is moving forward quickly. But you discovered a small hitch yesterday: the MEP engineers referred to an old version of the structural model while modifying the duct work. Luckily, the team spotted and resolved the issue before it created serious problems or caused more than a couple hours of rework. Not a big deal, but it could have led to the kind of design error that 21% of architects consider to be a top cause of uncertainty and potential issues on projects. Working in the cloud delivers the power to prevent those kinds of errors.</p><p>According to the Construction Industry Council, cloud computing is on track to become the leading way firms store and share design models. That&rsquo;s because when design teams work in the cloud, they get anytime, anywhere access to the latest design information. They can also quickly review any up-to-date changes without even opening the latest version of the model in their Build...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149988023/carl-bass-ceo-of-autodesk-on-why-computers-are-superior-to-human-designers Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk, on why computers are superior to human designers Nicholas Korody 2017-01-23T12:19:00-05:00 >2017-01-31T21:31:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/hq/hq3df7vs11j9k0un.jpg" width="650" height="614" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Essentially people, all of us when we go to design something we often go out and do it and will make one or we&rsquo;ll have three designs and&hellip;then we run out of time or money or patience and we say good enough. The computer doesn&rsquo;t get bored in that same way. It doesn&rsquo;t run out of time so you can literally test millions of versions and get a much better answer.&nbsp; So really what we are doing is automating the building of these prototypes.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/149970903/efficiency-enhancing-drones-could-dramatically-reduce-construction-costs Efficiency-enhancing drones could dramatically reduce construction costs Julia Ingalls 2016-09-27T13:32:00-04:00 >2016-10-07T01:07:11-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/d9/d968m37f6j0hwr49.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>According to this&nbsp;<a href="http://fortune.com/2016/09/13/commercial-drone-construction-industry/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fortune</a> article, it's estimated that the construction industry wastes billions of dollars annually in poorly organized and distributed materials, a practice that could be eliminated with omnipresent flying drones. The trick is to create software that can process what the drones see on each construction site into data that humans can quickly comprehend and efficiently implement. Autodesk is investing in developing software and hardware that can convey this information, which may dramatically cut construction costs (and perhaps make <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/149956313/deciding-how-to-bill-clients-is-complicated-what-are-the-basic-fee-structures-behind-residential-projects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architects rethink how they bill for projects</a>).</p><p>For more on drones:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149963306/designing-for-drones-a-condo-tower-with-drone-friendly-balconies" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designing for drones: a condo tower with drone-friendly balconies</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944052/this-drone-video-takes-you-on-a-fascinating-flight-through-the-guts-of-seattle-s-bertha-tunneling-machine" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This drone video takes you on a fascinating flight through the guts of Seattle's Bertha tunneling machine</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149937488/here-comes-the-dronescraper" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Here comes the "dronescraper"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/109267885/editor-s-picks-385 Editor's Picks #385 Nam Henderson 2014-09-18T17:50:00-04:00 >2014-09-19T13:00:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/sy/syjjbnsqw0ogisso.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest entry in the <strong>Showcase:</strong> series featured <a href="http://archinect.com/firms/cover/704/barkow-leibinger-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Barkow Leibinger</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/108577997/showcase-stadthaus-m1-by-barkow-leibinger" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">'s Stadthaus M1</a>,&nbsp;located in the "sustainable model district" of Vauban in the already so-called "green city" of Freiburg.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5h/5h4fjj214gc4cubc.jpg"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;looked at <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/108655901/factory-berlin-a-new-tech-incubator-emerges-from-the-ruins-of-the-berlin-wall" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Factory Berlin</a>, a "<em>start-up campus</em>" hosted by Google, built on a site where "<em>a section of the Berlin Wall...once housed a German Democratic Republic (GDR) watchpost</em>".&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/5808858/chris-teeter" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Teeter</a>&nbsp;recommended "<em>if you want to keep the political going in your architecture crit, you could probably look at what I have considered the 3 downtowns of Berlin; look at them historically maybe - Kuferstendamm (west), Alexander Platz (east), and Potsdamer Plat (unified)</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d8/d86dz5rgz7xqgfcd.jpg"><br><br><strong>News</strong><br>Mildred Friedman, a curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis in the 1970s and &rsquo;80s who helped both the museum and the contemporary design and architecture it celebrated become objects of international acclaim, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108712952/mildred-friedman-85-dies-curator-elevated-design-and-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">died on Sept. 3 in Manhatta</a>n. She was 85.</p><p>Until October 31,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108644655/built-by-women-nyc-is-searching-for-100-of-the-best-nyc-projects-built-by-women" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the </a><a href="http://bwaf.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation</a><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/108644655/built-by-women-nyc-is-searching-for-100-of-the-best-nyc-projects-built-by-women" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> is acce...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/108636618/what-s-a-software-company-doing-buying-an-architecture-firm What's A Software Company Doing Buying An Architecture Firm? Archinect 2014-09-10T13:29:00-04:00 >2014-09-12T18:04:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/56/56db25d07c4c9d1e57ec229759f761e1.jpg" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Software companies don&rsquo;t usually go around buying architecture and design firms, but The Living isn&rsquo;t your typical beards-and-Blue-Bottle band of architects. The 7-person shop in the Brooklyn Navy Yard was acquired earlier this year for a small, undisclosed price by design and engineering software maker Autodesk. The reason: The Living&rsquo;s expertise in blending all that&rsquo;s new in materials, 3-D printing and more arcane new fields such as biological manufacturing and algorithmic design.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/95125280/autodesk-foundation-established-to-further-support-impact-design-organizations Autodesk Foundation established to further support impact-design organizations Justine Testado 2014-03-07T18:16:00-05:00 >2014-03-10T21:24:51-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/kk/kkcxhatn99uvmowz.jpg" width="650" height="507" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Major 3D design software company <a href="http://www.autodesk.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Autodesk</a> recently announced the launch of the Autodesk Foundation to further invest in influential individuals and non-profit organizations who use impactful design to find solutions for various pressing global issues. And to increase contribution to the Foundation's goals, Autodesk will encourage their more than 7,000 employees worldwide to volunteer with or donate to their organizations of choice.</p><p>Through the Impact Design Program, the Foundation will collaborate and provide select design-oriented non-profit groups with software, training, and funding to support the group's causes. Some of the Foundation's first grantees include initiatives like <a href="http://www.kickstart.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">KickStart International</a>, <a href="http://massdesigngroup.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MASS Design Group</a>, <a href="http://d-rev.org" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">D-Rev</a>, and the <a href="http://www.ruralstudio.org/initiatives/20k-house" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">20K House project</a> from Auburn University's Rural Studio.</p><p>The Foundation will also incorporate Autodesk's Technology Impact program. Established during the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative, the Technology Impact program committed to donating $7.5 million...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81994873/just-launched-transformation-2030-a-student-design-challenge Just Launched: Transformation 2030: A Student Design Challenge Justine Testado 2013-09-16T17:41:00-04:00 >2013-09-16T17:41:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/mx/mxm0iyvfmzlyidrl.jpg" width="650" height="339" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our next Just Launched competition is Autodesk's "Transformation 2030: A Student Design Challenge", in collaboration with Architecture 2030 and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). The Challenge gives architecture and engineering students the chance to use their skills to help transform Hunts Point in New York City's South Bronx, a community that has been dealing with high unemployment rates and has over half of its residents living under the poverty line.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/69078610/autodesk-partners-with-makerbot-but-really-wants-to-make-its-own-hardware Autodesk Partners With MakerBot, But Really Wants to Make Its Own Hardware Archinect 2013-03-08T19:02:00-05:00 >2013-03-12T16:45:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/c0/c0b4953ade8fe00aa7de0271ac6244f4.jpg" width="650" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Carl Bass, who&rsquo;s helmed the $2 billion corporation since 2006, admits that the delineation between building virtual and physical products is eroding, and that has created opportunities for companies who have traditionally focused on developing and selling software. &ldquo;It used to be that it was this unwritten rule that software companies don&rsquo;t do hardware, and vice versa,&rdquo; he says, &ldquo;but I think the rules are changing&hellip;. It totally would be fun. I personally would love it.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/53771215/autodesk-acquires-socialcam-for-60-million Autodesk Acquires Socialcam for $60 million Archinect 2012-07-18T19:54:00-04:00 >2012-07-19T14:27:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/rn/rno4az2h9yf0j4yd.jpg" width="287" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Autodesk is known for architectural and design software, but in recent years has started offering products aimed at ordinary consumers. Besides $60m for Socialcam, which makes video authoring and publishing software, Autodesk paid $32 million for Instructables... And it purchased a company called Pixlr, which is an online photo editor, for an undisclosed sum. Autodesk also developed consumer software for drawing and painting online, which it calls SketchBook.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/48464023/autodesk-releases-123d-catch Autodesk releases 123D Catch Paul Petrunia 2012-05-14T18:17:00-04:00 >2012-05-18T00:57:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/oz/ozytyobaeurd4rdw.jpg" width="595" height="516" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In Autodesk's words, with <a href="http://www.123dapp.com/catch" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">123D Catch</a>, you "Take ordinary photos and turn them into extraordinary 3D models."</p> <p> Now available on PC, iPad and <a href="http://apps.123dapp.com/catch/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">web app</a>. Looks interesting. Have any of you tried it yet? What do you think?</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105349/autodesk-design-suite-premium Autodesk Design Suite Premium Sponsor 2011-04-20T01:22:00-04:00 >2013-10-16T19:54:23-04:00 <p> <i>Sponsored Post</i>.<br><br> Autodesk&reg; Design Suite Premium is a powerful package that extends your familiar AutoCAD&reg; workflow with concept sketching and intuitive visual communication tools. It features the latest releases of AutoCAD&reg;, Autodesk&reg; 3ds Max&reg; Design, Autodesk&reg; Showcase&reg;, Autodesk&reg; SketchBook&reg; Designer, and Autodesk&reg; Mudbox&trade; software for 49% less than it would cost to purchase all five premium design software products individually.</p> <p> {arc_autodesk_video}<br><br><b>AutoCAD Power. 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