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Features: Special

Using the Future of Architecture to Save Its Past

Philip D. Allsopp has a counter-intuitive passion for saving architecture’s past by using the most state-of-the-art technologies available. And as part of this endeavor he is a leader in the emerging HBIM field—using BIM technology to address the heritage building industry.

Graebert Annual Meeting—ARES Breaks Down Walls in CAD
SIGGRAPH 2015: Full Coverage of Computer Graphics Show
Autodesk gives Architosh exclusive peak at Dynamo Studio running on Mac
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AU2015 RECAP—Blurred Lines, Crossed Boundaries in the Era of Connection

Senior Associate Editor Pete Evans, AIA, recaps Autodesk University 2015 in all its many facets, and details many of the larger themes that were pervasive at the show this year. Chief among them were this blurring of lines disciplines, fields, tool chains and the boundaries between design, manufacture and product use. What we saw at AU 2015 was the emergence of a CAD company transforming into a company that will service industries far and wide across the full spectrum from initial concept to end-user and configuration and optimization based on performance and use data. It is a brave new world and Autodesk is at its leading edge.

In Berlin—Klaus Vossen Explains Why CorelCAD May Be Right for Your Company

Many manufactures across an array of industries from automobiles to AEC need both CAD tools and technical drawing tools for product manuals. However, the tools they currently have may not offer the seamless integration and cost benefits that Corel Corporation believes it can deliver with CorelCAD.

In the USA, Bluebeam’s home market, it was possible to more than triple revenues.

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

John Bacus of Trimble says AR is Bigger than VR…and Discusses Importance of “Trimble Connect”

Chances are good that you aren’t aware that Trimble Navigation is as big as Autodesk. Or that the $2.5 billion a year company is starting to envision itself a bit like IBM for the AEC industry—a perfect partner to everyone—specializing in tying “tool chains” together in both software and hardware. In this feature interview we gain a glimpse of some of Trimble’s industry perspectives…on SketchUp, Connect and that new craze about VR.

Scripting the Future—Vectorworks CEO Talks Marionette, Design Summit and Future Direction
Nikola Bozinovic talks to Architosh about Frame: What it can mean for Apple’s Mac Customers
The Philly Interview: Dr. Sarkar talks about Vectorwork’s Advanced Research Group and More…
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Interview: Dr. Biplab Sarkar talks to Architosh about Vectorworks 2016

In this interview Architosh learns more details about Vectorworks 2016 and some specific technologies such as the Project Sharing features, based on tech similar to Git as well as information about Marionette and the new SubD modeling features.

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 most demanding formats such as holographic light field rendering and 16K video are achievable today in an economic way, using existing tools.

Features: Viewpoint

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

Viewpoint: Steve Jobs told us to ‘Think different’—does Apple still agree?

In this Viewpoint feature associate editor Akiko Ashley asks a very well-timed question about Apple: does it still support those who wish to Think different? Hinging that question on the one true product that was legend to Apple-based ‘creatives’, she frames the discussion through a wide lens that reviews Apple’s Mac Pro history—the backbone of innovators—against a new onslaught of new agendas, new markets and the transformation to mobile.

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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