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    A VISION FOR PARAMETRIC DESIGN

    For many years, software tools for mechanical engineers and industrial designers have enabled them to with work with computers in ways not available to architects. Using parametric design software, they have been able to quickly manipulate their designs and study many alternative solutions including those with complex organic shapes by simply changing the variables, or parameters, defining the geometry of an object or assembly.

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    FREE SOFTWARE FOR ENERGY CODE COMPLIANCE

    As the many building codes in the United States struggle for standardization, energy consumption seems to be one area achieving consensus. Many states now base their energy code compliance on the Model Energy Code (MEC '92, '93, or '95) for residential buildings, and on ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90-1-1989 for commercial structures.

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    More Design Tools

    Graphisoft Announces ArchiCAD 8 at UIA World Congress — Press Release at AEC Cafe, 2002.0723

    ATI Releases Fire GlX1 Graphics Card — CGW, 2002.0723

    Graphisoft Announces ArchiCAD 8 at UIA World Congress — Graphisoft press release, 2002.0723

    Autodesk Battens Down the Hatches — CAD Digest, 2002.0722

    Know Your Options! — PointA, 2002.0722

    @Last Software Announces SketchUp For Mac OS X — @Last Software Inc. press release, 2002.0717

    Stronger, Smarter Buildings in Less Time — BusinessWeek, 2002.0716

    Caligari Ships trueSpace6 — Caligari Corporation press release, 2002.0715

    What Goes above Ground Zero Has Only 5 Planning Options — BBC News, 2002.0714

    Insight into Solid Edge — upFront.eZine, 2002.0702

    3D Systems to Introduce New Multi-Jet Modeling Printer — 3D Systems Press Release at AEC Cafe, 2002.0702

    New Capabilities Added to C2 Facility Solutions' FacilityOne — C2 Facility Solutions press release, 2002.0701

    Are Holograms Finally for Real? — Business 2, 2002.07 Edition

    Architecture sans Buildings — Taipei Online, 2002.0630

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