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AECCafe to exhibit at the 2015 AIA Convention and record video interviews

Monday, April 27th, 2015

We are exhibiting at the 2015 AIA Convention in Atlanta on May 14-15 at our booth #2878 and we are recording video interviews at our booth. Let me know if you want to book a 15-minute time slot for you or someone from your firm. Interview opportunities are open to all attendees, architects, and exhibitors.

You can see past interviews here.

Come by our booth to say hello even if you don’t want to record an interview. We are doing a raffle for a KindleFire and you are most welcome to drop in your business card for a chance to win it.


The Future of How Visualizations Are Made: Real-time Exploration of Design Data

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Article source: Autodesk

This is a presentation from the 2014 Autodesk University.



Technology Trends with Dell, HP, and Intel: Hosted by Lynn Allen

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Article source: Autodesk


Join AU’s own Lynn Allen for a candid conversation with technologists from Dell, HP, and Intel. Learn how new and emerging technologies are affecting and enhancing the way we work with Autodesk® design and creation suites, and more.

Key Learning

  • Hear near-term technology predictions from technologists from leading companies
  • Learn how leading technology companies approach workstations, cloud computing, mobility, innovation, the Internet of things and big data, and 3D printing


Autodesk CEO Carl Bass and CTO Jeff Kowalski Keynote at the 2014 Autodesk University

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Article source: Autodesk



Join Autodesk CEO Carl Bass and CTO Jeff Kowalski as they present the trends and forces shaping the future of making things. Carl will talk about new ways to communicate and even collaborate with our computers, which are blurring the lines between the digital and physical worlds. Jeff will explore how we’re bringing life to design through robust design taxonomies, generative design, and our emerging power to create things that can sense, respond, and collaborate.

Innovation Forum: The Future of How Buildings Are Made: A Stimulant for Your Next Project

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Article Source: Autodesk

This is a presentation from the 2014 Autodesk University held in Las Vegas in December, 2014.


The explosion of digital context is about to change everything that you know about the design and construction of the built environment. Join the AU Innovation Forum, buckle yourself in, and wrap your mind around the future of making buildings.


Co-speaker: Alan Ricks

Alan Ricks is the Co-Founder of MASS Design Group. He manages global operations and leads initiatives spanning the design of individual buildings to policy—working globally to promote and build architecture that has a positive impact on communities. Ricks is an entrepreneur-in-residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab and a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum.

InsectCity and BuzzBuilding make Stockholm Self-sufficient

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Stockholm, June 9, 2014 – Belatchew Arkitekter’s studio Belatchew Labs presents InsectCity and the insect farm BuzzBuilding, with the aim of making Stockholm self-sufficient in protein.

In the year 2050 it is estimated that the Earth will be populated by 9 billion people and a question that is raised is how a sustainable food-production that produces enough for everyone, without posing additional stress on the environment can be designed. A solution is to find an alternative to meat production, and one such protein source is insects. There are approximately 1900 edible species of insects, and 2 billion of the world’s population already eat insects today. Protein production from insects is much more efficient than meat production, for example, 10 kg fodder is needed to produce 1 kg of beef, but the same amount of fodder can produce 9 kg of insects.

SketchUp Training Series Videos

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Here is a playlist of 27 SketchUp video tutorials. A brief description of each section follows:


ArchiCAD 18 New Features — Rendering

Monday, May 12th, 2014

The integration of CineRender, MAXON’s world-class CINEMA 4D rendering engine into ArchiCAD 18, brings high quality, photo-realistic rendering images closer to a much wider range of designers. ArchiCAD 18 is the only BIM application that provides not only high-end, professional image quality thanks to the Cinema 4D rendering engine, but a very smooth workflow and an excellent user experience as well.

One-button “photo-shot” rendering can lead to the same high-quality results with the same ease as with tweaking numerous sliders and parameters, allowing novice users to create professional renderings. Professional users can use all the advanced rendering settings of ArchiCAD, or continue the project visualization in MAXON Cinema 4D.

ArchiCAD 18 provides a wide range of professional surface material catalogs right out of the box. Users with an active subscription license may download additional surface materials free of charge from the portal. The entire surface material set of MAXON’s Cinema 4D is also available. ArchiCAD 18 provides brand new lamp objects enhanced with new light settings: parallel light, area light and window light sources can be applied.

The standard, IES Light format can also be assigned to ArchiCAD’s lamp objects, ensuring manufacturer-specific photometric distribution for lighting. ArchiCAD’s live rendering preview and background processor support make the rendering workflow a smooth, uninterrupted process.

This 14-part playlist introduces many of the new rendering features available in ArchiCAD 18:


ArchiCAD 18 – Join the Creative Flow

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

BUDAPEST, Hungary, May 6, 2014 — (PRNewswire) —  GRAPHISOFT® announced today the latest version of its industry-leading BIM software solution for architects and designers.  ArchiCAD 18 delivers innovations making the BIM workflow smoother, including CineRender, a brand new render engine with high-end photorealistic rendering capabilities found only in the professional visualization application CINEMA 4D – now available right inside the BIM tool.

Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex, Canada architectsAlliance Photo © Ben Rahn / A-Frame​

Cairns Family Health and Bioscience Research Complex, Canada – architectsAlliance – Photo © Ben Rahn

“BIM innovation has been shifting from adding new features to introducing innovative new workflows — this is exactly what ArchiCAD 18 offers end-users,” said Laszlo Vertesi, Vice President of Product Development at GRAPHISOFT.  “With ArchiCAD 18, we pinpointed the most important user requests related to workflow issues with the clear goal of providing our users with solutions that keep them in the creative design flow with as little disruption as possible.”


Autodesk University Innovation Forum: Design and Construction—Transformed

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Article source: Autodesk

Technology is transforming the way we design and construct everything, from buildings to cities and the infrastructure that connects them together. The rise of reality capture, cloud computing, gamification, and social and mobile platforms as well as building information modeling is dramatically extending how the AEC industry creates value. But product and service advances are by themselves not enough. To drive innovative projects, we need to move from designing objects to designing complete systems. Leading industry innovators demonstrate the power of collaborative, integrated, holistic design and construction.


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