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The Innova21 building by DesignInc is a 14,000-square-meter (150,000-square-foot) facility for the Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences at the University of Adelaide in Adelaide, South Australia. Photo: © Dianna Snape
New Australian Architecture
On a tiny site measuring only seven by six meters (23 by
20 feet), a compact new home rises four and a half
stories amidst the urban fabric of Surry Hills, an
inner-city suburb of Sydney, Australia.
Designing for himself and his partner, Sue Bassett,
architect Domenic Alvaro achieved an unexpected sense of
expansiveness within this small space through the use of
large precast concrete panels and plate-glass windows,
with minimal additional interior detailing.
Designed by Domenic Alvaro of Woods Bagot, the 4.5-story Alvaro-Bassett House is clad in concrete panels and was built on a small corner infill lot formerly used for parking. Photo: © Domenic Alvaro
The house is organized vertically into multipurpose
zones. A series of open stairs leads from the garage and
utility space on the ground floor to the sleeping,
bathing, and storage space on the second floor; the
living room on the third floor; the food preparation,
eating, and entertainment spaces on the fourth floor;
and another room and garden terrace on the roof.
Alvaro, a principal in the Sydney office of Woods Bagot,
notes that by using precast concrete, he was able to
create this home "all for the cost of a city apartment."
The awards jury praised him for making the most of a
constrained footprint: "Robust materiality and scale
have successfully transformed this site into a spacious
"One could not have expected this result from seeing the
site prior to construction, when it could just fit two
cars squeezed in from a laneway," the jury continued.
"The project offers potential as a new paradigm for the
tight infill spaces that can be found throughout the
inner ring of Australian cities."
The Alvaro-Bassett Residence was recognized as an
exemplary small project in the 2011 national
architecture awards from the Australian Institute of
Architects. The 33 honorees this awards cycle range from
single-family homes to large public buildings and
landscapes, located across Australia as well as
The iVisit 3D app from Abvent supports high production values in a semi-interactive experience, using a series of statically rendered panoramic scenes. Image: AECbytes
iPad Apps for AEC: Part 2
by Lachmi Khemlani
Our two-part review of iPad applications for A/E/C users continues here with Autodesk's Design Review app, Abvent's iVisit 3D, and Architactile's Inception. —Editor
Autodesk Cloud and Design Review App
In October 2011, Autodesk formally unveiled its cloud strategy after numerous references to the infinite computing power of the cloud at events such as Autodesk University and the Revit Technology Conference.
You can now connect to designs in the Autodesk cloud with the iPad.
Essentially, what Autodesk now provides is free cloud storage for drawings, models, and other documents for its users — storage that can be used to access these files from any platform and which can also be used for sharing and collaboration. All users can have 1GB of cloud storage space, while Subscription customers receive 3GB of cloud storage per seat on Subscription.
To access the Autodesk cloud, you simply need an Autodesk ID. Once you are logged in to your cloud storage space, you can upload files to it and share them with others. I uploaded some sample DWF files from my computer to it, which I could then access with the Design Review app on my iPad.
When the Design Review app on the iPad is launched, you can open up a sample DWF document or recent documents that you may have accessed, both of which are stored locally so that they can be viewed even when the iPad is offline. There is also the option to sign into the Autodesk cloud, if the iPad is connected to the Internet, and access the documents that you have uploaded.
Once you have selected a document to view, there is a simple set of controls that can be used to navigate the document. The arrows at the top move through different sheets of the DWF file. Recall that these can be 3D models, 2D drawings, or any other document, such as an image, a Word document, an Excel file, and so on.
The sample DWF file I used had seven sheets, including the 3D model, a 3D sectional perspective, two floor plans, and three rendered views saved as image files.
It's fast, easy, private, and secure.
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4D Modeling of Industrial Projects
Synchro Ltd. has issued a white paper on the emerging technology
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Spatio-Temporal Decomposition," by V.A. Seminov and Tom
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The decided irregularity of the exterior of this house makes it uncommonly attractive and interesting. The finish is stucco, and the roof is shingled with either wood or fire-resistant materials. The arrangement of rooms on both floors is convenient. The stairs are especially well placed to ensure economy of space and to reduce the size of the second floor hall to the minimum. ...
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