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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.

KUBUS notes that BIMcollab BCF Manager for Navisworks helps architects visualize issues in BIM modeling tools like Autodesk Revit and Graphisoft ArchiCAD...

Features: Product In-Depth

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…

Autodesk talks to Architosh about Octane Cloud Workstation: Autodesk Edition at Amazon
Product In-Depth: V-Ray 2.0 for SketchUp
Product In-Depth: SolidThinking Evolve 9.5’s Modeling Prowess
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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…

John Bacus of Trimble talks to Architosh about SketchUp, broadly and about version 2014

Over the years Architosh has had the distinct pleasure of unique discourse with the folks behind SketchUp. From our early beginnings together we often manage to get the story that nobody else gets. In this special feature we are going to combine some insights from general SketchUp talk over the past year with a recent discussion–with John Bacus–of the latest version’s new features.

Features: Interviews

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.

‘Trimble Connected’—Bacus Discusses SketchUp 2015 and Growing Trimble Roles
Nemetschek AG Exec’s Talk Details of Bluebeam Acquisition with Architosh
Dr. Biplab Sarkar Talks to Architosh About Nemetschek Vectorworks 2015
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The Philly Interview: Dr. Sarkar talks about Vectorwork’s Advanced Research Group and More…

In this special interview, Dr. Biplab Sarkar, chief technology officer, Nemetschek Vectorworks, talks to Architosh about the Vectorworks 2016 details unveiled at the Design Summit in Philadelphia.

Special Interview: IMSI/Design Talks About All Things TurboCAD

In this special interview Architosh speaks to Bob Mayer, President, IMSI/Design, about the venerable product TurboCAD—about its technologies, platforms, and the future.

Archisnapper's developers say their app saves architects hours of time and stress.

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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