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    DIGITAL DESIGN GROWS IN EDUCATION

    Does the computer education received by today's architecture students provide them with the skills sought by employers?

    Architects and educators have long disagreed about which skills should be taught in architecture schools and which, if any, are best taught later, during apprenticeships.

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    AN ARCHITECTURAL PERSPECTIVIST GOES DIGITAL

    Using digital media to simulate traditional watercolor and charcoal rendering techniques puts new creative flexibility in the hands of master illustrator Robert Frank.

    Located in San Francisco, Robert Frank has been an architectural illustrator since 1986. He is president emeritus of the American Society of Architectural Perspectivists and teaches digital imaging at the San Francisco Academy of Art College.

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    VISUALIZING HOW BUILDINGS BREATHE

    The constant movement of air through the spaces of a building affects its thermal environment and, thus, its energy performance, yet this invisible "breathing" has been difficult to understand or predict using traditional tools.

    Now, computer-based air flow modeling techniques are more available to architects to help visualize and fine-tune their designs to improve natural ventilation and related energy performance.

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    More Design Tools

    VisionPlanner Announces Launch of Early Planning Tool — VisionPlanner Press Release, 2001.0116. New planning software for AEC market focuses on decision making in predevelopment phase.

    Autodesk GIS Design Server brings data to nonengineering users — Autodesk, Inc. Press Release, 2001.0116. Mapping and design data of geographic information systems, integrated with other Autodesk products, will be accessible to utility companies, communications firms, and local governments.

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