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GTEAM CLOUD COLLABORATION TOOL

A new A/E/C-centric collaboration and communication hub from Gehry Technologies has promise to put your project team on cloud power, whatever the size of your A/E/C firm. — Published 2012.0822

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SMART GEOMETRY UPDATE

The nature of architecture and the performance of materials are deeply linked. The nature of material is the nature of the stuff that surrounds us, and architecture is concerned with the arrangement of this "stuff."

As computational power increases, architects are able to consider larger and larger data sets. One way to focus those computing resources is to consider increasingly small building components. — Published 2012.0808

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HOW TO TILE A EUROBATH

One aspect of civilization that the Romans got right was the tiled bath. Since then, Europeans have built tiled bathrooms that present no distinction between the shower and the rest of the room.

This success of this design depends on lots of tile and a mortar substrate that slopes to a strategically placed floor drain. A lack of thresholds also makes this kind of bathroom perfect for wheelchair access. — Published 2012.0411

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CREATIVE CONCRETE

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. — Published 2012.0328

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SUSTAINABLE BY BIM: TWO CASE STUDIES

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

Ross Street House — Published 2012.0229

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IPAD APPS FOR AEC: PART 2

This two-part

software review continues here with a discussion of Autodesk's Design Review app, Abvent's iVisit 3D, and Architactile's Inception. Part One gives an overview of AEC-targeted apps for iPad, along with a discussion of Graphisoft's BIM Explorer (BIMx) app.—Editor — Published 2012.0125

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IPAD APPS FOR AEC: PART 1

My Personal Take On the iPad

I am not the kind of person easily enamored by gadgets, the kind who simply must have the latest technological device that is introduced, even by a company such as Apple. — Published 2012.0118

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AUTODESK UNIVERSITY 2011 - "SOFTWARE EVERYWHERE"

On a chilly November morning in Las Vegas, Nevada, Carl Bass, president and CEO of Autodesk, stepped up to the stage at the Autodesk University (AU) 2011 conference to hail the emergence of a new approach in data management, powered by cloud computing. — Published 2011.1214

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ARCHICAD 15: PART 2

This software review takes a detailed look at ArchiCAD 15 in two parts, continuing here with 3D interface enhancements, improved support for renovation projects, and other changes, along with an overall analysis of this release. —Editor

3D Interface Enhancements — Published 2011.1116

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ARCHICAD 15: PART 1

This software review takes a detailed look at ArchiCAD 15 in two parts, starting here with improvements related to "design freedom," including the new Shell tool and revamped Roof tool. —Editor

Recently we took a detailed look at the capabilities of the 2012 release of Revit Architecture, in which the new features and enhancements are spread out across many different aspects of the application. — Published 2011.1109

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