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    COMPUTER-AIDED GREEN DESIGN

    Like Renaissance master-builders who analyzed and visualized their designs by working with physical models and full-scale construction, modern architects have opportunities to master a holistic, integrated design process. But today's models are digital, and the "full-scale" construction is virtual, using the newest computer-aided design technologies.

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    MASS CUSTOMIZATION

    In the world of manufacturing products, whether architectural, consumer, or industrial, there are two very different approaches. Individually crafting a one-off artifact allows the most attention to specific needs of the consumer, but sometimes at great expense. Mass-producing a commodity product can realize economies of scale, but with little regard to variation in individual preferences. New technologies may promise the best of both worlds. Editor

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    IMSI Announces Release of TurboCAD Professional V.11 — IMSI press release, 2005.0316

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    ARCHIBUS, Inc. Announces Support for AutoCAD 2006 — ARCHIBUS, Inc. press release, 2005.0315

    Builders Will Have Access to Green Building Resources — National Association of Home Builders, 2005.0315

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    Autodesk Releases Major Updates to Entire Portfolio — Autodesk press release, 2005.0315

    A City Reaching for the Skies — icLiverpool, 2005.0309

    CADopolis.com & Motive Systems Announce M-Files — CADopolis press release, 2005.0308

    Nemetschek Releases Updated Viewer for VectorWorks 11.5 — Nemetschek North America press release, 2005.0307

    Easy as 1, 2, 3-D — Rocky Mountain News, 2005.0307

    SmartDraw Update Adds Maps Collection and Symbols — SmartDraw.com press release, 2005.0307

    GEOMATE Releases InventBetter Suite 2005 — GEOMATE press release, 2005.0302

    Informative Graphics Extends Microsoft SharePoint Collaboration — Informative Graphics press release, 2005.0302

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