Archinect - News 2015-03-30T06:55:42-04:00 New Google Satellites Could Be Able to See Your Face from the Sky Nicholas Korody 2014-08-14T20:23:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T21:09:06-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Two months ago, after much lobbying by the biggest satellite company in North America, DigitalGlobe, the US government relaxed restrictions to allow for commercially available satellite imagery up to 25 cm resolution&mdash;twice as detailed as the previous limit of 50 cm [...] The extra sharp images from Worldview-3 will greatly increase the maps' level of detail to the point where it can make out 10-inch objects, which means Google will soon be able to see &ldquo;manholes and mailboxes&rdquo; [...]</p></em><br /><br /><p>DigitalGlobe launched the first commercial satellite yesterday. Google, Microsoft, and several US government agencies are customers of DigitalGlobe. Such sharp images would be able to make out human faces, which, coupled with facial recognition software, could start to sound like a sci-fi dystopia. But it also would have interesting implications for both daily life and architecture, providing a startling degree of visibility across distances.&nbsp;</p> How video games have the power to change real lives Alexander Walter 2014-08-08T13:46:00-04:00 >2014-08-12T21:39:14-04:00 <img src="" width="460" height="276" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But the intricate fantasy environments imagined for games like GTA V may well prove more useful than they seem. Now the technologies and tools developed by this multibillion dollar entertainment industry are making changes in the real world. John Isaacs, a lecturer in computing at the University of Abertay, is one of those exploring the possibilities of game engines. In 2011, he developed an urban mapping application for his PhD project.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Archinect test drives FiftyThree's Pencil and Paper app for iPad Alexander Walter 2014-07-25T10:57:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T21:24:52-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ever since I spotted <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FiftyThree</a>'s beautifully designed iPad pen, aptly called &ldquo;Pencil&rdquo;, I couldn't wait to get my hands on one (like literally).</p><p>Made by the creators of the award-winning &ldquo;Paper&rdquo; drawing and sketching app for the iPad, Pencil is promised to be &ldquo;the most natural and expressive tool for getting ideas on Paper.&rdquo; Archinect reached out to FiftyThree, and a few days later, we received a Pencil in the mail &ndash; pretty packaging and all &ndash; for a test drive.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The first impression is thoroughly impressive: my Pencil's body is milled from a solid piece of premium-grade walnut (there's also a "Graphite" model sporting a handsome seamless brushed aluminum body) with an eraser tip on one end and a tapered rubber-coated tip on the other end. No cheap plastic here, no buttons to push, no distracting LED diodes flashing. Inspired by the iconic form and dimensions of the carpenter pencil, the design and engineering team of Pencil really set out to turn a cutting-edge high-tech device into a ...</p> Architecture start-up's software models steel skeletons of any surface Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-12-05T20:15:00-05:00 >2013-12-09T18:21:32-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Using digital fabrication and some clever tricks we're able to manufacture beautiful, low cost structures which easily bolt together. You design for it like it's a big imaginary 3D printer then you and your friends get together and bolt your house together! [...] It works like a techno version of a barn raising.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Architecture start-up Arcology Now wants to provide an alternative to 3D printing building technologies, focusing on reliable materials and elbow grease. The Phoenix, Arizona group has developed a digital fabrication software that generates a framework for any 3D surface out of steel tubes and bolts. For example, if you scanned an igloo, the software would model something like one of those geodesic dome playground structures. The software also produces manufacturing and building instructions, that is then coded directly onto the individual steel bars during manufacturing.</p> <p> The entire structure is then built in modules, so many people can work in parallel following the instructions on the physical materials.&nbsp;Arcology Now's eventual plan is to produce entire communities in this way, and is working on methods to insulate and install power distribution systems.</p> Increase Efficiency and Morale by Spending Less Sponsor 2013-12-05T01:02:00-05:00 >2013-12-05T01:02:25-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>This sponsored post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE Software</a>:</em></p> <p> Multi-million dollar industrial and commercial clients don&rsquo;t tolerate a lot of things&mdash;not sloppy jobs, not late or bloated invoices, not cheap-looking handmade reports, and they sure don&rsquo;t put up with excuses.</p> <p> Johnson Pace Incorporated had to figure out how to keep high profile clients happy while delivering cost effective engineering, architectural and surveying services. Here&rsquo;s how they did it:</p> <p> <strong>They Stay Cost-Effective</strong></p> <p> They reduced employee overtime and saved $195,000 in overhead.</p> <p> <strong>Did They Grow More Profitable?</strong></p> <p> Yes&mdash;very much so. But that&rsquo;s surprisingly not even the best part.</p> <p> <strong>The Best Part</strong></p> <p> The best part is they can make their clients happier with less effort. They&rsquo;re able to provide detailed reports along with clear invoices so clients know the value of their services. They can count on referrals.</p> <p> <strong>How They Did it All</strong><br> They swapped out a well-known office management software for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BillQuick</a> as their time billi...</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> Progressive Designers Need a Learning Experience to Match Sponsor 2013-11-20T17:18:00-05:00 >2013-11-20T17:30:06-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>This sponsored post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Digital-Tutors</a>:</em></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="" title=""></a></p> <p> You are a Progressive Designer. Seeking out new ways to grow your skills and push your creative limits is what you do. When you need to learn a new design software or subject, watching random YouTube videos or paying hundreds of dollars to learn what you could have read in a book, if you even had time to read it, is not what you do. You need training for The Real World.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> At Digital-Tutors, delivering relevant and reliable project-based training to you every week is exactly what we do. Watch introductory tutorials to quickly get up to speed. Or, enhance your design skills with advanced training on integrating applications like Revit, 3ds Max and Photoshop into your workflow, from drafting to visualization. With complete access to every tutorial in the Digital-Tutors library, you can customize your learning experience to fit your exact needs.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Progressive designers need progressive tools. Save your notes and tag a...</p> Instantly see your designs in the world with Context Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2013-10-29T19:00:00-04:00 >2013-11-23T01:20:30-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At its core, Context encourages hyper-efficient iteration by allowing designers to see their work three-dimensionally as they&rsquo;re in the creation process. The goal is to radically reduce the time and effort it takes to realize a fully-developed design, which in turn will let designers spend more time on brainstorming great ideas and less time on the mechanics of bringing them to life.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Context</a>, an app for Mac from former Apple and IDEO designer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Joshua Distler</a>, allows anyone to apply their designs to a real-world setting in a simple, reactive way. The app works in sync with Adobe Illustrator to essentially map a design (for a book cover, bottle label, cake decoration, etc.) onto its complementary surface, realizing the design instantly, virtually. Without resorting to cumbersome (and expensive) physical prototypes, or adapting designs into Photoshop environments, anyone can easily visualize their project in each stage of the iterative tweaking process.</p> Putting digital images to work for Foster + Partners Sponsor 2013-10-08T18:38:00-04:00 >2013-11-12T21:00:28-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="203" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>This sponsored post is brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OpenAsset</a>:</em></p> <p> OpenAsset has enabled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a> to create a world class, easy to use architectural image library. Image resources used in projects and for reference are now available to all staff at the click of a mouse, no matter where in world they travel. This case study presents how <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Axomic</a> worked with Foster + Partners to create this key business tool, and how the practice is saving time and putting its digital images to work.</p> <p> <strong>How OpenAsset helps Foster + Partners make the most of their digital images</strong><br> Foster + Partners had been seriously grappling with digital asset management (DAM) for almost a decade before being introduced to OpenAsset. The practice had previously invested in a solution when only a handful of (largely media-industry focused) image libraries were available. While this system was not rolled out to a wide user base, it enabled the practice to structure its data and organize its thoughts around DAM systems, helpi...</p> Turning Down Projects and Tripling Revenue: One Firm’s Story Sponsor 2013-10-01T11:38:00-04:00 >2014-04-23T18:47:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="771" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> <em>Brought to you by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BQE ArchiOffice</a></em></p> <p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="" title=""></a></p> <p> <br> How does a firm make the jump from two to twelve employees in just a few years during a recession?</p> <p> How could they possibly triple their revenue between 2005 and 2013? That just doesn&rsquo;t happen. MattParker, Business Manager at Vertical Arts Architecture admits it&rsquo;s unusual and that surviving and thriving during a recession wasn&rsquo;t exactly easy.</p> <p> They started with just 2 employees and a big dream&mdash;to be a premier high-end, multidisciplinary firm, able to provide clients with a full range of services. They wanted to meet and exceed the most discerning clients&rsquo; expectations and have Vertical Arts&rsquo; vision stamped on every aspect of production.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Since Vertical Arts opened its doors in &rsquo;05, they&rsquo;ve been using <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ArchiOffice</a> to handle billing and project management. They had fluctuations like everyone else during the roughest years of the recession, yet they&rsquo;ve more than quadrupled their staff and have plans to expand even more in the coming years...</p> Three guiding principles for a fine fake metropolis Nam Henderson 2013-03-27T11:56:00-04:00 >2013-03-27T12:41:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="394" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The wizards at Electronic Arts seem to understand cities as market-driven algorithms. Input people, rules, and resources, and the results are stability, growth, and wealth...SimCity&rsquo;s engineers have repeated the same mistake made by countless potentates, forgetting that cities are forged both by master builders and the people who hack their grand plans.</p></em><br /><br /><p> When Electronic Arts released the newest version of SimCity Justin Davidson decided to take the plunge and explore what the game could teach about urban planning and running a city. The effort helped him to identify three guiding principles for creating a&nbsp;successful&nbsp;SimCity ; 1) Money Equals Happiness, 2) Zoning Is Destiny, 3)&nbsp;Transit, Schmansit.</p> 130 years later, modern software helps complete Gaudi's architectural masterpiece Archinect 2013-03-11T15:26:00-04:00 >2013-03-24T17:02:11-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="293" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Using advanced aeronautical design software, Mark Burry and other architects have been able to reverse engineer Gaudi's models from leftover shards. Today, Burry is among a group of architects leading construction on the church's central tower, which, when completed, will stand 566 feet above the ground, making it the tallest church on Earth. But the fact that they had to use 21st century software to realize a 19th century vision stands as testament to Gaudi's avant garde design language.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" width="514" height="289" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Inside Adobe's New Silicon Slope Headquarters Archinect 2013-01-16T14:41:00-05:00 >2013-01-21T10:30:31-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The location in the south suburbs of Salt Lake City is an up-and-coming region for tech business sometimes called "Silicon Slope." Adobe's new campus will operate as the company's digital marketing division. The company has hired designers from Rapt Studio to make sure the building design is integrated into the space at the deepest level, ensuring that, despite being an office building at its core, this isn't just one more massive tech campus.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Are Architects Failing to See the BIM Potential? Archinect 2012-11-13T12:08:00-05:00 >2012-11-20T17:30:40-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While these digital tools have been primarily used in the construction sector, 3D modeling software is often cited as transforming everything from architecture to engineering, interior design and most recently, green building efforts. In the design sector, however, and in architecture in particular, the use of BIM as a design tool is often cause for some debate. The conversation centres on creative intent and the possibility of this being lost in the technological transfer.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Frank Gehry, Tech Entrepreneur: The Starchitect's R&D Firm Debuts Cloud-Based Design Software GTeam Archinect 2012-07-24T20:45:00-04:00 >2012-07-24T21:31:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gehry Technologies (GT), a company founded in 2002 by Gehry Partners&rsquo;s research and development team, has announced a free preview period for their latest off-the-shelf product GTeam. The new cloud-based software described by Gehry as &ldquo;Google Docs for 3D models&rdquo; automatically translates files from AutoCAD, Revit, Rhino, Google SketchUp, and other professional modeling software into a common format, which can then be easily accessed and shared online.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Autodesk Acquires Socialcam for $60 million Archinect 2012-07-18T19:54:00-04:00 >2012-07-19T14:27:57-04:00 <img src="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Sefaira Concept - collaborative sofware for sustainable design Archinect 2012-07-17T17:57:00-04:00 >2012-07-17T17:57:47-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="268" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sefaira Concept enables architects and project teams to create better performing buildings with a powerful web-based sustainability analysis platform. It performs whole-building analysis of energy, water, carbon, and renewable energy potential, while an intuitive interface allows for fast, iterative exploration of design options. Concept allows you to combine creativity and analytic insight to design buildings that are both elegant and highly sustainable.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> SketchUp acquired by positioning and engineering firm Trimble Ian Smith 2012-04-26T18:18:00-04:00 >2014-09-08T12:38:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="193" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On April 26, 2012, Trimble announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SketchUp&reg; from Google. SketchUp is one of the most popular 3D modeling tools in the world. As part of the SketchUp platform, Trimble will also partner with Google on running and developing SketchUp's 3D Warehouse, an online repository where users can find, share, store and collaborate on 3D models.</p></em><br /><br /><p>As pointed out elsewhere around the web, the development of SketchUp's core has not progressed very much since being acquired several years ago by Google. This move, which includes the entire SketchUp team, puts product development in the hands of a company that is already embedded in the planning/engineering fields while maintaining collaboration with Google. At the moment it appears that there will be no changes to the current pricing model (free/pro).</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Trimble's statement</a> | <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Press release</a> | <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FAQ about the acquisition and transition</a></p> 10 Questions for Gehry Technologies CTO Dennis Shelden Alexander Walter 2012-03-09T14:48:00-05:00 >2012-03-11T21:01:07-04:00 <img src="" width="250" height="110" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Gehry Technologies serves architects, engineers, builders and others with their design software and services, including 3D modeling and building information management. IDG News Service quizzed Chief Technology Officer Dennis Shelden on his priorities, challenges and insights.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Openarch, smart home prototype Archinect 2012-02-20T20:46:00-05:00 >2012-02-26T19:26:40-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="287" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Openarch is a real prototype of a smart home. The first home designed from scratch to incorporate a digital layer connecting the house and its elements to the Internet. Its inhabitants lead a new digital and connected life. It is flexible and thanks to its ability to transform, it can adapt to any condition that the user requires.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> ScanLAB: Architects embracing scanning Paul Petrunia 2011-05-03T16:44:48-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="317" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A couple years out of the Bartlett School of Architecture, at University College London, the pair are still in what you might call a research and development phase; the experimentation and exploration they&rsquo;re doing on the possibilities of 3D laser scanning might lead them to a business model that hasn&rsquo;t quite been invented yet.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>