Known primarily in the building industry as the developer behind AutoCAD and Revit, Autodesk appears to be doubling down on its vision for a building industry that combines and enables digital and physical making for architects, researchers, and other construction professionals. On May 3 and 4, the San Rafael, Calif.–headquartered company hosted a media summit that provided a behind-the-scenes look at its new BUILD Space and previewed technologies in development for the building community.
Short for Building, Innovation, Learning, and Design, the BUILD Space is a 30,000-square-foot facility located in South Boston’s Seaport Innovation District. It houses an impressive array of industrial robots, wood shops, metal shops, and large-format CNC machines. In the opening discussion for the summit, Nicolas Mangon, Autodesk’s vice president for AEC industry strategy and marketing, proclaimed, “We have been known as a design company, but we are transforming into a design-and-build company.”