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    PERSPECTIVE ON VIRTUAL REALITY

    From the 15th century through the 20th, architects worked with evolving techniques for presenting their designs to their clients. In the 1990s, this evolution seemed to quicken its pace with advances in computer modeling, animation, and "virtual reality." In their book, Artists' Impressions in Architectural Design, authors Giddings and Horne trace these developments, ending with a survey of the work of leading architects using computer-based technologies. Editor

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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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    ArchiCAD 8 Mac OS X compatible — MacCentral, 2002.0729

    Discreet Ships 3ds max 5 — Autodesk Press Release, 2002.0729

    Marlin Studios Releases City Buildings 3D model library — Marlin Studios Press Release, 2002.0729

    SIGGRAPH 2002 - Report 1 — Architosh, 2002.0726

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

    ATI Releases Fire GlX1 Graphics Card — CGW, 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

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