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The ABC of Architects

This work is an alphabetical list of the most important architects with their best known building. A lot of them have been left out with grief because we only…


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An entertaining media rich tour.

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João Greno Brogueira's curator insight, February 5, 2013 5:50 AM

Thanks Magali Adamo for sharing this video.

Jed Fisher's comment, February 5, 2013 4:36 PM
Nice find! better than wikipedia!
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Rhino News, etc.: HAL 5 for ABB, KUKA and Universal Robots

Rhino News, etc.: HAL 5 for ABB, KUKA and Universal Robots | Digital Fabrication in Architecture, Engineering and Construction | Scoop.it
3D design software for CAD, CAE, and CAM designers

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Simulation, robotics, fabrication and architecture. What's not to love.

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Ionut Anton's curator insight, February 8, 11:05 AM

HAL 5 parametric robot control for grasshopper

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3 Ways Advanced Tech is Transforming Real Estate Marketing

It used to be that if you wanted to sell condos or a large commercial project, you designed a model unit with the best views, on the highest floor, decked out…

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And this is only the beginning.  Technology will transform how real estate is marketed AND how buildings and communities are designed, constructed and managed.

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IDEAbuilder's comment, January 29, 6:23 PM
And we will open up membership in the Digital Fabrication Network in February - http://dfabnet.org/
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And present on all of this at the Nvidia GPU Conference in March
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Hi Greg - Looking forward to the AECHackathon ! Looks great!
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Architect Eli Attia on "Google and Me" and his Engineered Architecture Technology - also known as Google's Vannevar, Genie project.

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More from Eli Attia on Google's Vannevar, Genie project. 

 

on his  Google and Me website Eli Attia provides more information on what he calls, "Engineered Architecture  (EA) technology"

 

and this quote I find particularly striking,

 

"EA is a revolutionary, disruptive technology for creating superior quality buildings vastly more efficiently. EA will transform the global building industry by dramatically and fundamentally changing the ways in which buildings are designed, fabricated, constructed and utilized, while saving trillions of dollars."

 

 

 

 

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Harvard Award for 3D Printed Battery - 3D Printing Industry

Harvard Award for 3D Printed Battery - 3D Printing Industry | Digital Fabrication in Architecture, Engineering and Construction | Scoop.it
The printed electronics industry has given recognition to materials scientists at Harvard University for their work on novel 3D printed lithium-ion microbatteries.

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It starts small, but this will impact the built environment through the Internet of Things and Smart buildings and communities.

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Dionne's curator insight, December 3, 2013 9:18 PM

If we're going to print batteries can iPhone please be first off the line? I can't believe we can get to the moon and back but can't create a smartphone battery that lasts a day.

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Recommendations for implementing the strategic initiative INDUSTRIE 4.0 | Plattform Industrie 4.0

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The Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical integration.   The Germans are pushing ahead agressively in this massive convergence - leveraging their already very strong lead in advanced manufacturing. 

The U.S. software industry will inevitably play a key role.  The interesting question is if it will be primarily through IoT leadership or using related technologies to better connect consumers and the market with manufacturing, or can advanced manufacturing itself be integrated in numerous industries.  

 

So much to do, so little collaboration thus far. 

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Innovation + Technology at Cornell University's Gates Hall by Morphosis

Innovation + Technology at Cornell University's Gates Hall by Morphosis | Digital Fabrication in Architecture, Engineering and Construction | Scoop.it

Morphosis Architects incorporates an innovative stainless steel facade screen to mitigate heat gain for new academic building.

Los Angeles–based Morphosis delivered a 100,000-square-foot, five-story building that is currently completing construction on Cornell University's Computing and Information Sciences (CIS) program structure.

While in essence a simple, efficient, rectangular plan and elevation, the design features several elements—including a twisting stainless steel sun screen and a protruding arm of the upper floors hovering above the main entrance—that make it an unmistakable product of Morphosis as well as a suitable looking enclosure for a discipline forged by the realities of the digital age.


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Digital High-Performance.  An interesting convergence of technologhy and design

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The Internet of Things and the future of manufacturing | McKinsey & Company

The Internet of Things and the future of manufacturing | McKinsey & Company | Digital Fabrication in Architecture, Engineering and Construction | Scoop.it
Executives at Robert Bosch and McKinsey experts discuss the technology-driven changes that promise to trigger a new industrial revolution. A McKinsey & Company article.
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How far it can, and inevitably, will go.  The ideas, technologies, and efficiences are evolving at an accelerating rate.  The primary constraint against faster implementation is human - especially in highly-fragmented and change resistant industries like building.   The good news?  One doesn't have to look far for ideas and proven systems and processes that could change the industry.

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Microsoft native 3D Printing support in Windows 8.1? 3D Printing = the Gateway Drug to Digital Fabrication. And now Microsoft is putting it in the water supply.

Microsoft native 3D Printing support in Windows 8.1?  3D Printing = the Gateway Drug to Digital Fabrication.  And now Microsoft is putting it in the water supply. | Digital Fabrication in Architecture, Engineering and Construction | Scoop.it
Game on.
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This will help 3D printing go mainstream and open the door wider to Digital Fabrication.

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Sky City, China: World's tallest prefab building breaks ground in June

Sky City, China: World's tallest prefab building breaks ground in June | Digital Fabrication in Architecture, Engineering and Construction | Scoop.it

Sky City in Changsha, China, will be 2750 feet tall, 220 stories, housing 30,000 people in 4450 apartments, with excavation and construction slated to begin in June, 2013.


Aiming to accommodate a growing population, the skyscraper is considered a "pragmatic" building, designed for efficiency, affordability, replicability.

The Sky City concept significantly reduces the per capita use of land, and the associated CO2 emissions generated, thus providing a means of large-scale development with a significantly lower impact on the environment.


As a result, a resident of Sky City will be using 1/100th the average land per person- learn more about this innovative building concept and its sustainable features at Treehugger.



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A very ambitious project.   Many people in the industry are watching this and given its height and proposed speed of construction, it is likely to be very successful.....or not.

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Sofi Lapizco's curator insight, May 19, 2013 12:05 AM

En esto se muestra el diseño de un edificio el cual fue pensado en algunos de los gustos de las demas personas, pensado para que sea atractivo para todos y llamativo.


Sky City en Changsha, China, será 2.750 metros de altura, 220 pisos, viviendas 30.000 personas en 4.450 viviendas, con la excavación y la construcción debieran comenzar en junio de 2013.


Con el objetivo de dar cabida a una población cada vez mayor, el rascacielos se considera un edificio "pragmático", diseñado para la eficiencia, la asequibilidad, la replicabilidad.

El concepto Sky City reduce significativamente el uso per cápita de la tierra, y las emisiones de CO2 asociadas generadas, lo que proporciona un medio para el desarrollo a gran escala con un impacto mucho menor sobre el medio ambiente.


Como resultado, un residente de la ciudad del cielo va a utilizar 1/100o la tierra media por persona de aprender más acerca de este concepto innovador edificio y sus características sostenibles en Treehugger.

Robert T. Preston's curator insight, June 2, 2013 1:24 PM

Article about the new megalithic "Sky City" building breaking ground, this month.  A half mile tall, it will be huge, and will cut the human footprint down considerably, from people with standard homes.

Robert T. Preston's comment, June 6, 2013 9:33 PM
My wife works with the Chinese on many projects. They are quite ambitious, but occasionally, their ambition gets ahead of safety, and quality control. Let's hope that with this beast, they get it all right.
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Armac Martin – A Traditional Manufacturer Using 3D Printing Tech to Increase Productivity - 3D Printing Industry

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Armac Martin, a UK-based manufacturer of metal household/furniture parts such as door knobs and handles has invested in a Stratasys Objet24 3D Printer to improve in-house workflow.

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Great to see a traditional manufacturer adopting digital fabrication.

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Beth Robinson's curator insight, May 16, 2013 8:40 PM

Interesting specific example.

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Wood is good (from the Danish Wood Initiative)

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Belmont Technology Incorporated

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Belmont Technology Incorporated is a product development company formed by pioneers in the CAD industry.

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Tracking this team with great interest.

 

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Jed Fisher's curator insight, April 22, 2013 8:05 AM

You heard it hear first. Watch this space.

Newly incorporated Belmont Technlogy, made up of some heavy hitters from Solidworks and related, including John McEleney, former SW CEO and BM for Newforma. 

Very curious to what this team gets up to. Stay tuned for more info!

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Space Agency Sets Sights On High Tech Moon Base

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As if planning to build a moon base weren't enough, the European Space Agency may try to do it with 3D printing. "Printing" a building out of layers of lunar soil could be much easier and cheaper than bringing the whole structure from earth.

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What VR could, should and almost certainly will be within two years - Michael Abrash


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VR for a mixed-reality experience.  It goes way beyond gaming to larger industries like the trillion dollar AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) industry.  And moving beyond collaborative and immersive design to immersing both professionals and consumers in digital fabrication data (for design and manufacturing).    This isn't just the future, it's already here, and being developed now.   

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Jed Fisher's curator insight, January 20, 7:10 AM

#develop

Great find. Today and in 20 years when people look back at the early years of programming (and in particular 3D graphics/games) there will be a handful of names that stand out, John Carmack, Michael Abrash, are probably two the greatest of our age. When they speak, it's worth listening.

VR - "Virtual Reality" aka pup on a headset and see/interact in 3D has been one of the holy grails for a long time. Abrash thinks it's really truly almost ready for prime time and that it will be "here" sooner than most people think. 

He talks about the "magic" of VR and the VR presence.

Worth a read.

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More at http://blogs.valvesoftware.com/abrash/my-steam-developers-day-talk/
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On Google, AEC and Eli Attia | Writandraw

On Google, AEC and Eli Attia | Writandraw | Digital Fabrication in Architecture, Engineering and Construction | Scoop.it
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Innovation Forum: Design & Construction Transformed

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#AU2013 Watch this session live-streaming on AU Online LIVE. Technology is transforming the way we design and construct everything, from buildings to cities and the infrastructure that connects them together.
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Digital Fabrication and the Gamification of architecture, engineering and construction at Autodesk University.  Digital Fabrication + Sim City + Gaming + VIrtual San Francisco.   The convergence of the 3D web and digital fabrication is accelerating.  

It's time. 

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Makerhaus

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The local epicenter of the Seattle and Puget Sound Maker community.  Ellie is doing a great job of growing the local maker community and embracing digital fabrication.  Now to get that  community to collaborate with the local hacker community.

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Hacking a building the AEC way.

Hacking a building the AEC way. | Digital Fabrication in Architecture, Engineering and Construction | Scoop.it
Have you seen the game trailers for Watch Dogs? In the game, the player is a cyber-vigilante that explores a connected 'smart' city and accesses its 2D and 3D information like a high tech Batman.
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A glimpse into the Future  of building. Now come help us build it at the AEC Hackathon in San Francisco November 8-10th.

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Vannevar Technology

Reimagining building design for a more sustainable future
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Great to see the building industry press covering the Vannevar / Genie story.   More info here - http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000886261&fid=1725#!

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IDEAbuilder's curator insight, March 15, 2013 3:37 PM

"Vannevar Technology, which is a venture-backed startup founded by Google engineers that are developing an open cloud-based collaboration platform for building delivery."

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Shigeru Ban and Swatch-Omega - the perfect team and project driving innovation in the digital fabrication of timber structures. Designing, fabricating and building the (almost) impossible.

Shigeru Ban and Swatch-Omega - the perfect team and project driving innovation in the digital fabrication of timber structures. Designing, fabricating and building the (almost) impossible. | Digital Fabrication in Architecture, Engineering and Construction | Scoop.it
Shigeru Ban's Centre-Pompidou Metz http://www.dezeen.com/2010/02/17/centre-pompidou-metz-by-shigeru-ban/continues to astound the AEC community - in fact, many people I show images to ask if it is indeed a real building, since they often doubt it...
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Building Innovation.

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Graphene Paint to Power our Homes?

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Scientists from the University of Manchester have discovered a material which combines graphene, a one-atom thick layer of graphite, with the transition metal dichalcogenides.

 

Something straight out of a science fiction film is fastly becoming an exciting reality as scientists from the University of Manchester have discovered a material which combines graphene, a one-atom thick layer of graphite, with the transition metal dichalcogenides. The material is thin and flexible, and it can absorb sunlight to produce electricity at the same rates of existing solar panels. This could be potentially used to coat the outside of buildings to generate power required to run appliances inside.

 

The material is composed of transition metal dichalcogenides layers sandwiched between the two outer layers of graphene. The graphene acts as an extremely efficient conductive layer, and the TMDC acts as a very sensitive light absorber.

 

Researchers have found that the 'light absorption characteristic' of the material can be increased when the graphene layer is sprinkled with gold particles. The material has a quantum efficiency of 30%.

 

Researchers believe that entire buildings could be powered by coating their exposed surfaces with the panels. Further, the energy produced by the panels could be used to alter the transparency and reflectivity of windows and fixtures.

 

This type of graphene material could be used to form on the outside of the buildings to generate power required to run the appliances inside. It is flexible and easy to use.

 

Not only can graphene paint be used to power objects, the material will also be able to chaneg color.

 

Researchers also believe that the graphene base substance has the ability to create a new generation of hand-held devices such as smartphones that can be powered using sunlight. These devices can be made ultra-thin, transparent and flexible.

 

Research suggests that there can be a high level of optimism regarding the development of graphene in the near future.

 

They hope that the material can be used for a wide range of industrial and day-to-day applications, providing potential technological breakthroughs in the areas, right from electronics to telecommunications and energy generation.

 


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Marco Bertolini's curator insight, June 7, 2013 11:41 AM

Une peinture qui révolutionne la production d'énergie : une couche large d'un atome.  Appliquée sur la façade de votre habitation, elle change la chaleur solaire en énergie électrique.  La fin des panneaux solaires ?

Russ Roberts's curator insight, June 7, 2013 11:52 AM

If this technology delivers on its promises, amateur radio operators could have a new way of generating power for emergency or portable operations. Perhaps this technology could be used at repeater sites or on DX-peditions.  Something to think about.  Aloha de KH6JRM.

Nacho Vega's curator insight, June 9, 2013 4:39 PM

New material = Good news!

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Energy-producing shell covered with hairs that can extract wind energy

Energy-producing shell covered with hairs that can extract wind energy | Digital Fabrication in Architecture, Engineering and Construction | Scoop.it

A visionary idea called STRAWSCRAPER, the first project to come out of the  business called Belatchew Labs. STRAWSCRAPER is an extension of the south tower on Södermalm in Stockholm with a new energy-producing shell covered with hairs that can extract wind energy.

 

Belatchew Architects want to give South tower its original proportions and at the same time explore new technologies to create the future of urban wind farming.

 

By using piezoelectric technology a large number of thin ribs produce electricity only through the small movements generated by the wind. The result opens up possibilities for how buildings can produce energy in the future. Surfaces on both existing and new buildings can suddenly be converted into energy producing units.


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Stockholm goodness.

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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, May 17, 2013 10:00 AM

Let a thousand energy producing technologies bloom...

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So much to build, so little time.  Thanks team!

 

Watch for future iterations.

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BIM/CAD File Format Support in Architectural iOS Apps

BIM/CAD File Format Support in Architectural iOS Apps | Digital Fabrication in Architecture, Engineering and Construction | Scoop.it

The big four BIM players include Autodesk Revit, Bentley Microstation, Graphisoft ArchiCAD and Nemetschek Vectorworks Architect. 

For CAD formats Autodesk DWG is an industry de facto standard. The less proprietary format DXF is also a universal standard for information exchange. Autodesk’s less popular DWF format also has iOS support among apps. Bentley’s approach to iOS apps is its i-model format. One needs the Bentley desktop applications to create i-models.

We have included some open-standard 3D CAD formats with robust market use and acceptance. These are quite common on the MCAD side but also have use in AEC in limited form. Within this group is listed the IFC 2×3 file format for BIM.

We are going to start with propriatary formats first and then review the most popular open formats below.

 


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Jed Fisher's curator insight, April 15, 2013 8:40 AM

I've dealt with over 120 3D / 2D Vector formats in my time (the Right Hemisphere platform read about this many), you name it, I've had to deal with it. I know them all and hate them all ;-)  

For the last 15+ years people have talked about one 3D file format to rule them all. It hasn't happened in MCAD, it hasn't happened in DCC/3D, and it's not going to happen in AEC CAD.

That said, it's good to be aware of the main formats, those that are open and those that are proprietary. 

Whether you deal with DWG, DWF, DXF, SKP, IFC, OBJ, 3DM, i-models, or other; this article is useful to you. It's a good overview to the main format supported formats in architectural iOS Apps. It's also part of a good series on iPad Apps for architects

http://architosh.com/2013/03/ultimate-ipad-guide-apps-for-architects/

Let me know any questions you have.

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ARCHIBUS Web-based Integration of Facilities Data with BIM Models

ARCHIBUS Web-based Integration of Facilities Data with BIM Models | Digital Fabrication in Architecture, Engineering and Construction | Scoop.it

Autodesk University week (10000 people converging in Las Vegas), so lots of AEC/BIM/CAD/DCC news coming out.

 

BIM and Facility Management is a topic that I'm very interested in and think can be done significantly better than it's being done today. Archibus seems to be on the right track and this is worth checking out. I would just love to see a similar FM BIM integrated product that is built on an open platform and not just Revit...

 

Integrate facilities and infrastructure data with BIM models over the Web for comprehensive building lifecycle management and reporting... 

http://www.archibus.com/index.cfm/pages.content_application/template_id/1269/section/Smart%20Client%20Extension%20for%20Revit/path/1.3.29.135/menuid/135


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