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Features: Special

Graebert Shows ARES Touch for iOS and ARES Kudo Progress—More Flexibility Than Rivals

By providing native apps across all major operating systems—desktop or mobile—including the cloud via the modern browser, Onshape’s CAD partner, the Berlin-based Graebert, aims to give CAD users the world over the most flexible access to their DWG based data.

Inflection Point: Disruptions, Platforms and Growth with Rhino + Grasshopper (Part 1)
‘High Performance': The Ultimate BIM Feature
Using the Future of Architecture to Save Its Past
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Curators of Spatial Computation—What Autodesk Project Fractal Says About Future Architects

In this special feature, Architosh discusses Autodesk’s Project Fractal presentation at AIA Philadelphia, placing it within the context of the growing AEC industry interest and development in computational design software. Algorithmic design tools are far from a passing fad; this article discusses why and how some of the work of the Generative Design Group at Autodesk is pushing the envelope in interesting directions.

Perspectives on BEST of SHOW 2016: From Edge of Market to Maturing BIM, Framing a New Lens

Architosh presents its annual “perspectives” on BEST of SHOW honorees at AIA this year via a conversation. This year we focus on some new terms, a framing of tech against the Gartner Hype Curve and against the backdrop of Neri Oxman’s standing ovation earning keynote talk.

Twinmotion is a result of a long-term relationship between the developer and international architecture firms.

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

Correcting Misconceptions—New Vectorworks CEO Says Company Will Tout Its BIM-ness

For years former Vectorworks CEO, Sean Flaherty spoke frankly—and rather accurately, when all the data points are collected—about the BIM Movement’s longer-than-expected full emergence. Now with BIM fully astride within the AEC world, the clock is ticking and Vectorworks’ new CEO means BIM-business.

Ouellette Talks—Ambitious Routes Abound for Expanding openBIM Mission

Can the openBIM Movement accelerate? Can the IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) certification process expand to help that happen? Acknowledging that there are often many routes to success, these are some of the questions Jeffrey Ouellette, buildingSMART International’s new ISG Chair addresses in discussing how critical open standards are to the entire global building industry.

Metal has chosen to provide less flexibility in some areas, for example memory management, in order to make programming simpler for mobile developers.

Features: Viewpoint

Viewpoint: Sustainability and Boards—Why Linking Significant Audiences and Materiality Matter to Long-Term Success

7 out of 10 S&P 500 corporations are reporting on “sustainability” showing significant new focus on environmental concerns. Can linking a Statement on Significant Audiences and Materiality move all major global corporations beyond short-term investor concerns for real, longer-term success and planetary benefits?

Viewpoint: Steve Jobs told us to ‘Think different’—does Apple still agree?
Viewpoint: How Apple’s iPad Pro and devices like it will change Architecture
Energy Modeling: What you need to know about Green Building Design and LEED
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Viewpoint: International Climate Change—Is it a Turning Point for World Architecture?

Will the AEC industry respond with the zest and positivity required to capitalize on a landmark agreement for climate change? What does the AIA (American Institute of Architects) say about the landmark agreement in the Paris Climate Conference?

Viewpoint: It’s the Simple Stuff That Matters

Buildings are complex things but the tools that all stakeholders will engage in will succeed best when they are simpler. There’s no monopoly of good ideas around the construction site so why should digital tools AECO users employ remain complex when evidence shows that simpler digital tools are easier to share?

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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