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Pre-Review: Evaluating Upcoming VR Technologies in Vectorworks 2017

In this Pre-Review of specialized web 3D and virtual reality kit, John Helm talks about this technology coming up in Vectorworks 2017 to be released this fall. Helm outlines the basics of the technology itself, gives example uses for various design professionals, and places it into the context of change confronting the industry and the continuation of the BIM transformation in AEC.

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GRAPHISOFT Plays Key Role in Budapest ‘CAADence in Architecture’ Conference

CAADence in Architecture Conference merges theory and practice in emerging information technology impacts on the world of architecture. The conference look at Building Information Modeling and Algorithmic-Aided Design (AAD) together from one viewpoint.

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If Jobs Failed Twice, Why Would Ive & Team Succeed? RIP new Mac Pro

Steve Jobs famously failed with his iconic NeXTcube computer. And then 10 years later, back at Apple, he failed again with ice-motif Power Mac G4 Cube. Both machines were inspiring and innovative on many levels, so it comes as no surprise—really—that Apple’s Jony Ive, who designed the latter machine also, wouldn’t take a shot one more time.

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AIA 2016: Architosh awards 5th ‘BEST of SHOW’ honors for software and technology vendors at AIA Philly

Architosh announces its 2016 AIA National BEST of SHOW honors to best software and technologies shown at the national convention in Philadelphia two weeks ago.

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Phil Bernstein of Autodesk on the Changing Role of the 21st Century Architect—The Interview (Part 1)

In this interview Architosh learns more than just what Phil Bernstein thinks about educating 21st century architects in the context of advancing AEC digitization. He shares his vast knowledge of “practice” in the 20th century and how things have evolved to the point we face today. In this two-part series we cover the gamut from roles to society’s expectations of professionals, from contracts to architecture schools, from the importance of coding to where Revit’s brain may go.

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Announcing Build Earth Live Hyperloop Competition

Global design software maker, Vectorworks Inc., has announced their sponsorship of Build Earth Live, the upcoming 48-hour global design competition.

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‘High Performance': The Ultimate BIM Feature

In this special feature, Architosh takes a look at the nature of ‘performance’ both in the architecture firm and its value in the BIM transformation from 2D CAD to BIM workflows. What is the firm performance trade-off due to BIM? How have architects argued against performance? And how do we discuss and evaluate performance within software and BIM in today’s workflow? This feature illuminates this topic using one BIM developer’s software development work as a case study.

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GRAPHISOFT sponsors inaugural ArchiCAD Student Design Competition

Undergraduate and graduate architecture students are invited to enter an exciting competition co-aligned with the AIA National Convention in Philadelphia in May 2016.

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Abvent launches Render[in] 3 plugin for SketchUp

The developer of famed Artlantis Studio and Render have now launched a public beta of Render[in] for SketchUp. The rendering software plugin works entirely within SketchUp.

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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.

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Apple’s Virtual Reality story portends poorly for Mac OS X Pros—at least in the short term

While Apple may in fact have exciting virtual reality (VR) plans of its own, the Oculus Rift termination of OS X is going to sting Apple’s Mac professional customers at a time when in some industries, like AEC, the growth of the Mac is booming. Sadly, it affects developers who are creating key and exciting tools that cut across both platforms…and they are creating these tools on Mac hardware.

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Lumion 6.0 is now available and shipping

Lumion a visualization software for architects has been taken to a new level in Lumion 6 with improved features for materials, reflections, shadows and lighting. The results are now more compelling and realistic than ever.

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Architosh launches new tablets in Architecture research survey

In our first tablets in Architectural practice research survey, we aim to study how tablet computers may impact the architectural process with a particular emphasis on design and pre-design phases. Of particular note, the new iPad Pro with Pencil ushers in the potential for revolutionary change.

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Viewpoint: How Apple’s iPad Pro and devices like it will change Architecture

In this Viewpoint feature Architosh editor-in-chief discusses the future of tablets in architectural practice, what technologies are doing behind the scenes to drive adoption and workflow transformation and just as importantly, offers a forward-looking perspective regarding the fusion of the power of analog tools that have not been usurped by the desktop but may be imitated in devices like the Apple iPad Pro with Pencil.

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Hungary’s A4 Studio wins World Architecture Community Award using ARCHICAD

Hungary’s A4 Studio has won the World Architecture Community’s Award for its design of the Casablanca Market in Morocco.

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