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    DIGITAL PHYSICAL MASHUP

    In my third-year architectural design studio at the California Polytechnic State University, assignments are crafted to encourage students to refine skills in both digital and analog media physical modeling and traditional drawings to allow them to see the advantages and disadvantages of both, to develop a critical attitude toward media, and to develop a design project using these tools. Early design exercises are exploratory, and students are encouraged to use form-Z for its iterative ability and its facility in generating rich graphic vocabularies that suggest spatial character and experience. This is balanced with physical-model building and traditional drawings to sort out issues of scale and siting. Later exercises require students to translate early vocabularies into functional building elements. Associate Professor Thomas Fowler, IV

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    LIBRARY TECHNICS

    Over the last few years, a significant change has occurred in the design of libraries, the result of changing needs, newly available services, and rapidly developing technologies.

    For instance, radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is used for automatic sorting and retrieval systems (ASRS). Modern library equipment will now log a book in and send it to its proper sorting bin for reshelving.

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    ACS Software Celebrates 25th Anniversary — ACS Software press release, 2006.0418

    Lattice Technology Honored with Two Awards — AEC Cafe, 2006.0418

    Building Information Modeling Adds New Dimension to Design — San Diego Source, 2006.0418

    Municipalities Subscription for Mapping and Engineering — Bentley Systems, Incorporated press release, 2006.0413

    Autodesk Center Now at JJ College of Architecture — IT News, 2006.0412

    InterSpec, Inc. Announces e-SPECS Support for ADT 2007 — InterSpec, Inc. press release, 2006.0412

    Two New eBooks Released for AutoCAD 2007 — upFront.eZine, 2006.0412

    Deke Smith Wins CAD Society Leadership Award — TenLinks, 2006.0411

    Chris Yessios, of auto-des-sys Inc., to Receive CAD Society Award — CAD Society press release, 2006.0410

    Greg Bentley Announces China Initiatives — TenLinks, 2006.0406

    Bentley Announces New China Initiatives — Bentley Systems, Incorporated press release, 2006.0406

    Design Software Weakens Classic Drawing Skills — Washington Post, 2006.0405

    Shade 8.5 Will Support Intel-Based Macs and 64 Bit Windows — e frontier press release, 2006.0405

    Autodesk Revit Building 9 Fully Certified for IFC Export — Autodesk press release, 2006.0405

    CADFind Sketch and Search Now Available for Solidworks — CADFind press release, 2006.0405

    TurboCAD Pro V12 LightWorks Enabled — TenLinks, 2006.0404

    Tekla and Dlubal The First Solution to Support IFC Structural Standard — Tekla press release, 2006.0403

    ARCHIBUS/FM Extends Design Details Across Enterprise — ARCHIBUS, Inc. press release, 2006.0330

    DOSLib for AutoCAD 2007 Released — McNeel press release, 2006.0330

    Structural Capability Boost for Architects — Graphisoft press release, 2006.0329

    LightWork Design Announces Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0 — Digital CAD, 2006.0327

    Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 3.0 Includes Advanced Rendering — LightWork Design press release, 2006.0327

    REALVIZ VTour Now Shipping — Animation Artist, 2006.0323

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