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UpCodes: Building Code Compliance Made Simple | Architect Magazine

The UpCodes database streamlines code information to help firms save time, money, and avoid construction mistakes. By Ashleigh Popera UpCodes, a searchable platform for building codes, is making code compliance easier for architects, designers, and engineers. Accessible via...
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New App UpCodes puts building codes at your fingertips | TechCrunch

by Catherine Shu For architects, complying with building codes means navigating labyrinthine layers of regulations that vary between municipalities. Sorting through different codes and keeping track of updates is a daunting task and, in a worst-case scenario, a mistake can cost...
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Adobe Research creates digital version of artist’s paint palette

Emma Tucker Researchers at software brand Adobe have developed a prototype tool that allows users to mix colours on screen as if they were working in real paint. The tool is based on research into the ways artists work in traditional media – and the shortcomings they experience...
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Block by Block is a global UN-run programme in which Minecraft is used as a community participation tool in the design of public spaces, like this one designed for Dandora, Nairobi – the location of the biggest dump site in East Africa

Minecraft used to design public space in more than 25 countries

Ali Morris Local authorities have been “amazed to see that young women from slums could design as architects or urban planners”, according to the co-ordinator of a United Nations initiative using the video game Minecraft to get communities designing their own public...
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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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Iris VR’s stand at Tech+. (Courtesy AN)

What went on at the inaugural Tech+ expo in New York? – Archpaper.com

By Jason Sayer “If you took GPS out of people’s phones now, they would die.” That was the bold claim Google’s Aaron Luber made at the inaugural Tech+ expo today. Hyperbole? Maybe, but Luber made the point of how dependent we are on technology to navigate the built environment....
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Check out the new data-driven software that could change the way developers and architects work. (Courtesy Envelope)

Check out the new data-driven software that could change the way developers and architects work

By The Editors Asking what our built environment will look like in the future is a vague and more-or-less impossible question to answer. However, speculating on what cities will look like in the next ten years is a game many in the real estate industry play. Furthermore,...
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Nate Miller Autodesk BUILD Space

Autodesk’s BUILD Space Highlights the Need for Research in the Design Community | Architect Magazine

The software developer’s AEC media summit demonstrated an array of physical and digital tools to encourage architects down the path to innovation. By Nathan Miller Known primarily in the building industry as the developer behind AutoCAD and Revit, Autodesk appears to be...
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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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Autodesk releases Revit 2018

This Week in Tech: NASA 4D Prints a Metal Fabric and Autodesk releases Revit 2018 | Architect Magazine

Plus, automation in the manufacturing industry creates new jobs, and more design-tech news from this week. By Selin Ashaboglu NASA has create both the geometry and function of a metal fabric through additive manufacturing, or what it calls “4D printing.” The...
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