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    MANUFACTURING FREEFORM ARCHITECTURE

    Still mired in decades-old technologies, most architects are missing one of the greatest opportunities of the computer revolution. Even if they use computer-aided drafting software, these architects are following an old pattern of creating paper drawings for the later interpretation—or misinterpretation—by builders with conventional tools. Why shouldn't the architect's computer do the construction too?

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    ONCE AND FUTURE GRAPHICS PIONEER, PART II

    The Program of Computer Graphics (PCG) at Cornell University, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, continues to set the highest standards for innovation in architectural design technology. Director Donald P. Greenberg has led the program since its founding in 1974.

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    ONCE AND FUTURE GRAPHICS PIONEER

    In the glitzy world of computer-generated visualizations that dominate movies and magazines today, it's easy to take for granted the photographic quality that architects are able to give their renderings of proposed buildings.

    But behind the scenes, there have been have been four decades of grueling, dedicated, and inspired research to make possible these synthetic images that are indistinguishable from photographs.

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    VIRTUAL JERUSALEM

    Throughout the centuries Jerusalem has meant many things to many people. And perhaps for that reason, it has been besieged and conquered by the armies of many nations.

    These days, Jerusalem, home to 600,000 inhabitants, is being captured differently. It is all happening quietly in a Jerusalem basement.

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    More Design Tools

    Buzzsaw.com Announces Construction Management and Bidding Services — Buzzsaw.com Press Release, 2000.1002. Enhancements to Project Workspace enable construction professionals to manage the entire life cycle of a building via the Web.

    CAD Standards Extension for AutoCAD 2000i-Based Products Announced — Autodesk Press Release, 2000.1002. The extension will help AutoCAD users interactively check engineering drawings against corporate or industry standards.

    Intergraph Unveils SmartSketch LE for Modular 2D CAD — Intergraph Press Release, 2000.0929. The parametric 2D drafting/diagramming software and six industry-specific modules are now available for a la carte purchase and download on the Web.

     

     
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