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GRAPHISOFT PRIZE 2000
"...The Ministry of Truth was startlingly different from any other object in sight. It was an enormous pyramidal structure of glittering white concrete, soaring up, terrace after terrace, 300 meters into the air."
Anyone reading this chilling description of the building that housed the government's propaganda machine in George Orwell's novel 1984 will instantly form a mental picture of the edifice. Now some designers have gone beyond this imagining and actually built computer models of it.
COMPUTER-ENABLED PRACTICE FOR DISABLED ARCHITECTS
When Joseph Del Vecchio graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in the mid-1980s, he was blocked from pursuing a routine architectural internship.
Even if he'd found a local office permitting entry to his wheelchair, he would have been unable to reach over the large drafting boards that were routinely assigned to apprentices in those days. In addition, seemingly simple tasks, like getting in a car and driving to a meeting, were tiring and time-consuming.
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Océ Color Copy Software Offers Scanning, Printing, and Archiving Functions Océ Press Release, 2000.1218. New
versions improve copy quality and efficiency for wide-format
printers, integrate high-quality color scanning with large-format
digital color printing, and use single-button approach for
Autodesk Architectural Desktop Extends Object Modeling
Capabilities Autodesk Press Release, 2000.1214. Release 3
of ADT promises users enhanced productivity through architectural
objects, including structural members, window assemblies, curtain
walls, railing objects, roof slabs, stairs, and AEC polygons.
Building Systems Design, Inc. Announces BSD SpecLink+ BSD Press Release, 2000.1211. The new specifications management tool includes over 725 individual sections, is built on a relational database, and uses "intelligent links" between related building products. The graphical user interface supports the incorporation of graphical data with the spec document.
ViewCafe 1.2 from Spicer
Corp. Introduces Productivity-Enhancing Features to Online
View/Markup Spicer Corp. Press Release, 2000.1205.
ViewCafe enables users to view and mark up nearly 150
industry-standard file formats including CAD, raster, vector, hybrid
and office documents.
Autodesk Delivers XML/Data Extension Tool For AutoCAD 2000i
Products. Autodesk Inc. Press Release, 2000.1205. The XML
data extension is part of an Autodesk initiative to create a
common, open standard for delivering design data to the Web.
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