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The Top Apps for Architecture in 2019

by Christele Harrouk With a very fast-paced life, we are becoming more and more accustomed to utilities that can make our workflow easier, more productive and efficient especially when some of us are always “on the go”. Our mobile devices, tablets, and laptops are gaining...
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Google Maps launches AR walking directions

Google has released a beta feature for its Google Maps service called Live View, which uses augmented reality to show users which direction to walk in. Natashah Hitti Google has released a beta feature for its Google Maps service called Live View, which uses augmented reality to...
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Can Algorithms Design Buildings?

After decades of unsuccessful attempts to generate building layouts automatically, a spate of companies has suddenly proven it possible. By Daniel Davis Humans have been trying to harness the power of computers to automatically generate building designs for decades. Like turning...
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Irina Viner-Usmanova Rhythmic Gymnastics Center in the Luzhniki Complex, Moscow, Russia, as seen in the 3D BIM software Archicad. (Courtesy Graphisoft and www.prideproject.pro)

Graphisoft CEO talks about changes in BIM possibilities with ARCHICAD

ARCHICAD 23 is here, and Graphisoft spoke to AN about how the software suite has improved and expanded its features and BIM integration. By Drew Zeiba At the 2019 AIA Architecture Expo in Las Vegas earlier this month, longtime architectural software company Graphisoft premiered...
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The floor of the 2019 AIA Expo (Courtesy The American Institute of Architects)

The 2019 AIA Expo’s best new products and digital tools

With over 750 exhibitors, the 2019 AIA Expo was the premier event of the year to see the newest building products. We rounded up some of our faves. By Gabrielle Golenda With over 750 exhibitors, the AIA Conference on Architecture is the premier event of the year to see the newest...
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Courtesy Sidewalk Labs Replica analysis of Main Street in Kansas City, Mo.

This Week in Tech: Portland Pilots a Sidewalk Labs Data Collection Tool

Plus, Autodesk and Unity Technologies launch a real-time editing VR/AR tool for BIM, the Harvard GSD launches an online canon to celebrate architects of color, and more design-tech news from this week. By Katharine Keane According to a GeekWire article, the city of Portland,...
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Gravity Sketch's Surface Tool feature allows users to switch between 2D and 3D designing

Gravity Sketch VR software now lets designers switch between 2D and 3D

Designers can move easily between drawing in a virtual-reality environment and on their tablet using the latest update to Gravity Sketch. Rima Sabina Aouf Designers can move easily between drawing in a virtual-reality environment and on their tablet using the latest update to...
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UpCodes AI, a program that checks building plans against building codes, is on of the subjects of a lawsuit by the International Codes Council, the nonprofit that writes model building codes used in the U.S. The ICC claims they have copyright over the codes and require a license fee for their use. All images courtesy UpCodes

A startup’s ‘spellcheck for buildings’ program is innovative. But does it violate copyright?

UpCodes, which is trying to disrupt the business of building codes, believes fair use means free access By Patrick Sisson A court case involving building codes—both how we create them, and where technology can help make them easier to understand—suggests the simple concept of...
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Drawing by Christo / Photo by André Grossmann L'Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped (Project for Paris) Place de l'Etoile – Charles de Gaulle

This Week in Tech: Christo unveils his next project, AutoCAD gets an update…

Amazon identifies its NoVa headquarters, and more. By Wanda Lau Autodesk AutoCAD, the workhorse drafting software on which designers worldwide rely, has been updated. Changes in the forthcoming AutoCAD 2020 include enhancements to the existing Purge and DWG Compare tools, quicker...
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Courtesy Morpholio / Drawing by Cluck Design Collaborative Morpholio AR SketchWalk

Morpholio AR SketchWalk Brings Floor Plans Into the Real World

Through augmented reality technology, the new feature on the namesake studio’s Trace app sets a new baseline for understanding and decision making. By Wanda Lau Courtesy Morpholio / Drawing by Cluck Design Collaborative Morpholio AR SketchWalk Mentally inserting oneself...
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