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When we think of sustainability, images of solar panels, thick insulation, and rainwater cisterns might come to mind. But Canadian architect and researcher Mark West is rethinking the bones of concrete structures to find ways to make them as efficient as possible.

West is director of the University of Manitoba's Centre for Architectural Structures and Technology (CAST), where the research revolves around fabric-formed concrete. The process uses pliable fabric to make innovative, efficient structural shapes.


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This pair of case studies explores the use of building information modeling (BIM) in small-scale sustainable design projects. —Editor

Ross Street House, Madison, Wisconsin, designed by Richard Wittschiebe Hand
Hadlow College Rural Regeneration Centre, Tonbridge, England, designed by Eurobuild

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1st Order of Corning Solar Photovoltaic Glass on Commercial Scale — CleanTechnica, 2012.0208

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Pella Shows SmartSync Technology at International Builders' Show — Pella Press Release, 2012.0207

Eco Building Products, Inc Issues Letter to Shareholders — Sacramento Bee (Press Release), 2012.0207

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Design Tools Around the Web

Share and Sync 3D Models and Other Assets with Buzzsaw for Android — Plain Dealer, 2012.0326

Taking Another Look at 3D — Cadalyst, 2012.0322

Luxology Launches Modo 601 and New CAD Loaders — Cadalyst, 2012.0322

iTech Uses BIM Bang-Whizzery at Al Mafraq Hospital — ConstructionWeek Online, 2012.0322

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SolidWorks Software Inventor Creates CAD Innovations — Boston Globe, 2012.0320

Projectmates Project Management Software Named Constructech Top Product — Systemates Press Release, 2012.0320

Australia's UTS Partners with Autodesk for ICE Studio — TenLinks, 2012.0320

Project LOD for BIM — Applying Technology to Architecture, 2012.0319

Tekla Structures 18 Takes BIM from Design to Reality — AECCafe Press Release, 2012.0316

Employee Buy-in Is Key to a Successful BIM Transition — Cadalyst, 2012.0315

A Mobile CAD Reality Check (Part 2) — Cadalyst, 2012.0314

Prioritize Your CAD Crises — Cadalyst, 2012.0314

iPad App to Replace Printed Blueprints? — Construction Digital, 2012.0308

What the New iPad Means for CAD Developers — WorldCAD Access, 2012.0308

The Unavoidable Cost of Computation Revealed — Nature, 2012.0307

BIM Cloud Riverbed Solution — BIM Boom, 2012.0307

Newforma Introduces Newforma Design Suite for Architects and Engineers — MarketWatch, 2012.0306

Arc Wall Flattener — Buildz, 2012.0305

Yip, AutoCAD 2013 Runs on Windows 8 — WorldCAD Access, 2012.0302

Role of BIM in Infrastructure Seismic Retrofits — Structure, 2012.0301

What Wasn't Said at SolidWorks World 2012 — Engineering-Matters, 2012.0301

3dboxx 3970 Xtreme — Cadalyst, 2012.0301

Inside the Lytro Camera — New York Times, 2012.0229

A Review of the Lytro Camera — New York Times, 2012.0229

Sustainable by BIM: Two Case Studies — ArchitectureWeek, 2012.0229

Trimble's Ruggedized Juno Takes GIS on a Field Trip — Cadalyst, 2012.0229

The Mac Version of Briscad in ...? — WorldCAD Access, 2012.0227

The AutoCAD 2013 Core Console — Through The Interface, 2012.0227

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