The problem with turning urban challenges into games

Tech companies like gamifying civic problems—but they often reward the wrong things By Alissa Walker I would bet that most of Waze’s 100 million users probably don’t know that it originally started as a game. If you were one of the Wazers who first got your hands on the...
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How Real-Time Rendering Can Reduce Your Time and Effort in Architectural Design

Architects are always trying to be more efficient and adding more value for clients. But with most software, rendering is very time-consuming, impairing efficiency significantly. It is exhausting for designers when the process of visual processing uses energy that would be better...
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Courtesy ZGF Architects ZGF Architect's visualization of circulation through a proposed corporate campus accommodating 15,000 people was informed by many sources, including keycards and security consultants.

Pre- and Post-Occupancy Evaluations Go Digital

Architects now have an array of customizable, market-ready technologies with which to assess their designs—if they chose to do so. By Michael Kilkelly Despite the effort that goes into design, architects often remain—sometimes willingly—in the dark about how their buildings serve...
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Jim Keen courtesy Morpholio Morpholio's Perspective Finder tool can locate the vanishing point of a scene via an iPad or iPhone camera, allowing designers to sketch over an environment accurately.

Morpholio Launches Two New Augmented Reality Tools | Architect Magazine

Perspective Finder and Color Capture are features for the software developer’s Trace and Board apps, respectively, that leverage the ARKit platform in Apple’s new iOS 11. By Wanda Lau One of the most buzzed-about features of Apple’s new iOS 11 is ARKit, an augmented...
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Left: “Not to Miss in Madrid” ArchiRoute; Right: Map of sites in ChicagoCourtesy ArchiMaps

ArchiMaps shows you all the must-see buildings in NYC, London, and more – Curbed

Fun! by Jenny Xie Launched just in time for summer traveling, the new mobile app ArchiMaps is a gift to architecture lovers everywhere. Available on Android and iOS, the app offers a comprehensive guide to architecturally-significant buildings, bridges, and more in four cities so...
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Left: Screenshot from Monument Valley, via UsTwo. Right: La Muralla Roja housing project in Spain by Ricardo Bofill. Photo courtesy of Ricardo Bofill, via ArchDaily.

Best video games for architecture and design nerds: 13 titles to try now – Curbed

From a skyscraper-hopping action game to castle designing adventure by Michelle Goldchain As children, we begin our interaction with the world through shapes, building blocks, and Legos. As times goes on, we lose that willingness to create as we fall back on more passive...
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Five Creative Products for Architects and Designers

These apps and gadgets use digital platforms and analog design to get the creative juices flowing. By Selin Ashaboglu Bikupta Wristwatch, Alexander Lervik This analog watch by the Stockholm–based design studio keeps time with a Japanese quartz that vibrates through an electric...
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Architecture and design-inspired, fanmade Pokémon. Gotta catch ‘em all! All images by Michelle Goldchain

Pokémon Go: Curbed’s Architecture and Design Edition

Brutalism, PoMo, Eiffel Tower—oh my By Michelle Goldchain Pokémon Go has really taken the world by storm since the popular mobile game, an Android and iOS app, arrived earlier this month. Pokémon Go hasn’t just been a trip down memory lane for fans of the franchise (though it...
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Seven Big-Business Tools for Small Budgets | Architect Magazine

These programs garnered repeat praise during AIA TAP’s 2016 Building Connections Congress. And most of them are free. By Michael Kilkelly Javier Galindo, JGCH Trace Pro by Morpholio Apps allows users to overlay sketches and mark-ups on drawings. While software represents a major...
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Augment Augment is among a new class of mobile apps that let project teams experience building plans in 3D.

Three Augmented and Virtual Reality Apps for Design and Construction | Architect Magazine

Step inside your CAD and BIM models with new software for mobile devices. By Hallie Busta Walking clients through a project can be tedious, particularly if the work is still ongoing. Architects have long relied on paper, physical models, field visits, and, more recently, digital...
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