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Features: Special

SIGGRAPH 2015: Full Coverage of Computer Graphics Show

This year’s focus was very much on VR (virtual reality) & Cloud Based Rendering. The focus on Virtual Reality brought a new creative energy on the show floor for exploration into a new frontier. VR in architecture & games was a big subject in the VR Village. Developers had discussions of how the hardware & software is driving development of this new space to make it affordable to the masses.

AIA: Perspectives on BEST of SHOW 2015—IT Trends in Architectural Practice
How BIG’s influence can reframe the role of BIM in Architecture
Take the Architosh Reader Survey and Enter a Chance to Win an Apple Watch Sport
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Autodesk gives Architosh exclusive peak at Dynamo Studio running on Mac

In the early hours of one of the mornings of Autodesk’s AEC Media Summit, held in Boston a week after AIA Atlanta, Architosh got an exclusive sit-down with the Autodesk Dynamo Studio lead to talk about this product’s direction and possible future…including a peak at something on the Mac!

Architosh Design Revamp Explained—Granular and Visual Update

Longstanding site development goals have been put into place to make the site more visually pleasing, more graphically focused and easier for readers to find topics they care about.

Our companies’ shared vision is to give users a choice, rather than dictate what they use.

Features: Product In-Depth

In-Depth: How Developer ‘Perfect Parallel’ is Changing the Game of Golf

In this feature we talk to Andrew Jones, COO of Perfect Parallel, a leading-edge software developer with a range of inter-related golf design, gaming, visualization, and broadcast suite technologies. What makes this company so fascinating goes beyond its tech and into its relationships and aspirations. Relationships with firms like Nicklaus Design, as well as the professional golf networks in the United States and abroad, have Perfect Parallel poised to shake up the game of golf. 

John Bacus of Trimble talks to Architosh about SketchUp, broadly and about version 2014
Autodesk talks to Architosh about Octane Cloud Workstation: Autodesk Edition at Amazon
Product In-Depth: V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp
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In-Depth: The New and Dynamic formZ 8

AutoDesSys, Inc., talks to Architosh about what’s coming up this summer in the new formZ 8—covering in detail such new features as its Subdivision Surface Modeling tools, new OpenGL Interactive Rendering improvements and much more…

In-Depth: Architosh looks at GRAPHISOFT EcoDesigner STAR

GRAPHISOFT EcoDesigner STAR brings advanced building energy modeling (BEM), simulation and analysis to the early stages of the BIM workflow with the intent to improve and alter building designs. The software supports ASHRAE Standard 90.1 for LEED and more…

Features: Interviews

01 - A sample image from Autodesk's AutoCAD 360 on an Apple iPad device. The new iPad Pro with Pencil is propelling new possibilities and developers like Autodesk aim to leverage these features in new functionality. image: Autodesk, All rights reserved.

Amy Bunszel of Autodesk talks to Architosh about AutoCAD, Mac and the new iPad Pro

Apple delivered on longstanding rumors of a more powerful, larger iOS driven iPad—the new iPad Pro—but stunned many in the IT community with its superbly executed new Apple Pencil and new physical keyboard smart cover. Select software developers, like Autodesk, were invited to get their hands on the iPad Pro early. In this interview Amy Bunszel, VP for AutoCAD at Autodesk, talks to Architosh about what the iPad Pro makes possible for AutoCAD in mobile, discusses the new hardware inputs like Pencil versus Touch and also provides readers a snippet about what’s important and going on with AutoCAD on Mac.

The Philly Interview: Dr. Sarkar talks about Vectorwork’s Advanced Research Group and More…
Special Interview: IMSI/Design Talks About All Things TurboCAD
‘Trimble Connected’—Bacus Discusses SketchUp 2015 and Growing Trimble Roles
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Scripting the Future—Vectorworks CEO Talks Marionette, Design Summit and Future Direction

In this interview Vectorworks Inc. CEO Sean Flaherty discusses his software company’s latest developments—including a new “brand name”, an exciting annual conference in the US and the latest Vectorworks release’s signature feature

Nikola Bozinovic talks to Architosh about Frame: What it can mean for Apple’s Mac Customers

A new cloud platform called Frame is emerging this year as the most powerful option to create, access and manage a virtual Windows workstation or virtual desktop in the cloud—from just about any modern web browser on any device. Recently Architosh spoke with Nikola Bozinovic, CEO of Frame, to discuss his company’s offering and the larger trend afoot in the IT industry and what impact it may have on Apple’s Mac customers.

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Features: Viewpoint

Viewpoint: Handling BIM on an iPad: OrthoGraph Begins the Process

In this Viewpoint feature, Hungarian software developer, Lazlo Toth, describes how architects and other AECO professionals can utilize apps on modern tablet hardware like Apple’s iPad within a BIM workflow, accelerating processes that typically happen on paper on clipboards, such as field survey work.

Revamping Old Building Design for Achieving Net Zero Energy Consumption
Sustainable Building Practices with Energy Saving Models – Epact 179D Tax Savings for Daylight Harvesting
Viewpoint: Have AEC Professionals Really Embraced Technology?
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Calibrated Engineering Models – A Prudent Approach to Optimize Building for Energy Efficiency

Industries like aviation, hotel and hospitality, residential, healthcare and retail, seek sustainable building designs.  However, what architects and engineers need to understand is that occupant comfort should not be compromised.

Viewpoint: Sustainable Building Design—Wind Analysis in BIM

Buildings are the primary energy guzzlers and account for nearly 40% of energy consumption globally. However, the scenario will soon change, as there is growing awareness of sustainability amongst the architects, engineers, developers, owners and the AEC industry in general.

Features: Firm Profile

Firm Profile: BOGDAN & VAN BROECK—The Ecology of Densification

Continuing on a trend of expanding the scope of discourse beyond the “digital” in design practice, Architosh is pleased to present this feature interview of Belgium professor engineer-architect Leo Van Broeck and his award-winning ecological, research-oriented design practice. The design keynote speaker at the recent Vectorworks Design Summit, Leo spoke to Architosh recently about his firm, co-founder, work and their philosophical positions in the field of architecture and urban design.

Firm Profile: Archiform 3D — Challenging China with Integral Design
Artist Profile: Janet Echelman – Sculpting Volume Without Weight
Firm Profile: Candusso Arquitetos – Architecture Visualized on the Mac
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Firm Profile: Levi + Wong Design Associates—Virtualizing Healthcare Architecture

We continue our Firm Profile series for the second time this month with a feature on the mixed practice design firm Levi + Wong Design Associates, a Boston area architecture, landscape architecture, planning and interior design firm serving national clients through a highly-developed 3D ‘virtual design’ process using GRAPHISOFT’s highly noted ArchiCAD and BIMx platforms.

Firm Profile: Nick Hardman—Hardmarque Re-Imagines Australia’s Future Manufacturing

We continue our Firm Profile series this November with a feature on solidThinking export Nick Hardman of HardMarque Future Factories, which specializes in a wide range of industrial design focused on the ‘additive manufacturing’ sector, serving diverse clients in the areas of industrial and product design.

‘Out on the Web': Curated Features on CAD and 3D

Unlike our curated news here—which focuses on general tech and design stories—on our new Features page we want to curate important articles focused on CAD and 3D technologies themselves and all the implications that come with them. Yes, there may be a bit of overlap, but we’ll try hard to curate a flavor difference.

This week we have caught a few interesting stories…such as Autodesk veteran Michel Besner heading over to Toon Boom Animation to become president. While we write about PipelineFX often we will point you to another story about this company’s dominating Qube! render farm technology.

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