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    GOOGLE'S GLOBE

    In the fall of 2004, Google acquired Keyhole, a global satellite imaging program that offers users anything from an astronaut's view of the earth down to a bird's eye view of a taxi double-parked in a city street. But unlike some computer software that stagnates after being acquired, this product, now dubbed "Google Earth," has only become better.

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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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    Autodesk Sponsors PBS TV Series on Sustainable Design — Autodesk Press Release, 2006.0530

    Bentley Announces Commercial Release of MicroStation V8 XM — Bentley Systems, Incorporated press release, 2006.0525

    Free Textures and Viewer Released — Spiral Graphics Press Release, 2006.0524

    BOXX Launches Intel Xeon Processor-based Workstation — Creative-3D.net, 2006.0523

    Bentley Announces Winners of 2006 BE Awards of Excellence — TMC, 2006.0523

    AMT3D Announces Interactive On-Line 3D City Model — AMT3D press release, 2006.0522

    Building Value — New York Times, 2006.0521

    Taking the "Work" out of Networking — ZweigWhite press release, 2006.0519

    Spicer Corporation Launches Online Meeting Software — Spicer Corporation press release, 2006.0517

    Bentley Unveils ProjectWise StartPoint — Bentley Systems, Incorporated press release, 2006.0517

    Data Storage Needs Continue to Skyrocket for A/E Firms — ZweigWhite press release, 2006.0517

    Can AfterCAD InSite Democratize CAD? — Cadalyst Management, 2006.0516

    Out of the Computer — Metropolis, 2006.0515

    SMART Expands Actalyst Interactive Digital Signage — SMART Technologies Inc. press release, 2006.0515

    InterSpec Releases New Version of e-SPECS — InterSpec, Inc. press release, 2006.0515

    MultiSUITE Software Is Now AutoCAD 2007 Compatible — MultiSUITE Software press release, 2006.0511

    Oce Debuts Fast Large Format Color CAD Inkjet Printer — Digital CAD, 2006.0510

    SYCODE Launches MeshCAD for Rhino — SYCODE press release, 2006.0510

    Maya Lin Systematic Landscapes — Arcspace, 2006.0508

    JetStream v5 Introduces Advanced Rendering Features — LightWork Design press release, 2006.0508

    The ITC Announces IntelliCAD 6.2 — IntelliCAD Technology Consortium press release, 2006.0508

    VectorWorks Supports Google SketchUp 3D Warehouse — Nemetschek North America press release, 2006.0502

    TRIRIGA Launches New Version of Enterprise Software Suite — TRIRIGA Inc. press release, 2006.0502

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