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Landon Bone Baker Architects Wins AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Congratulations to the team at Chicago-based Landon Bone Baker Architects on their recent 2016 AIA/HUD Secretary’s Award!

The ARCHICAD firm has been recognized for their work on the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative (DA+HC) in the “Creating Community Connection” category. This vacant housing project has become an important arts and culture hub in Chicago’s Grand Crossing neighborhood.

DA+HC represents what is possible when public, private and non-profit sectors work together to give new life to an area of the city that had been ignored.The vacant 1980s Chicago Housing Authority project is now a vital arts and culture hub in the city’s Grand Crossing neighborhood. Existing abandoned buildings became the framework for a community-focused and artist-led creative incubator.

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ARCHICAD on Archispeak Podcast

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

archispeak+logo+512The power of the podcast is well-documented. At their origination, podcasts – or “audio blogging” as the practice was first named – were a handy way to share information, though at first they did not enjoy widespread adoption. So much has changed since the. By the year 2004, broadband internet access and portable audio devices helped podcasts transition from those early days, through a trendy buzz word type of category to the distribution method it is today. Currently more than 115-thousand English-speaking podcasts exist, contributing to an ever louder online volume.

The Archispeak Podcast is one podcast I’d recommend checking out. The trio of hosts; Evan Troxel, Neal Pann, and Cormac Phalen get together regularly to have casual conversations about all things architecture. What I like about their style is they celebrate the triumphs and highlight successes AND are unafraid to point out failures or situations where they think the proverbial bar was missed.

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Powered by ARCHICAD – Rutledge Maul Tackles Multiple Projects with Success

Friday, July 15th, 2016

You want an example of a firm using ARCHICAD that is successfully taking on multiple large projects?

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Look no further than Seattle-based, Rutledge Maul Architects (RMA). This award-winning powerhouse firm has been churning out projects in ARCHICAD since the early 90’s. One of the keys to their success has been leveraging small teams on large projects nimbly and efficiently.  RMA performs feasibility and site-selection analysis, as well as master planning for commercial, multifamily, residential, and institutional facilities. One look at the RMA project portfolio and you’ll see a range of upscale corporate buildings to custom homes with a wide range of budgets and architectural taste.

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Get Going at Grassroots!

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Stand Out in the Crowd

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and GRAPHISOFT want to help you Stand Out and get yourself noticed by potential employers. Learn how to use BIMx to create an interactive, mobile portfolio at the upcoming Grassroots Leadership Conference in DC. GRAPHISOFT’s Catherine Cabezas and Rita Hicks will be presenting some useful tips for attendees to hone their presentation skills and highlight what is most appealing to potential hiring decision makers.
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There are many ways to learn how to stand out during the Grassroots Leadership Conference. You can practice your interview skills during mock interviews by signing up here.

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ARCHICAD 20 World Premiere

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

See ARCHICAD 20 – demonstrated live to GRAPHISOFT’s Key Clients.

In May, GRAPHISOFT announced the latest version of its industry-leading BIM software solution – ARCHICAD 20. On June 13 you will be able to see its world premiere!

ARCHICAD 20 features a number of important functional improvements that put the emphasis on the “I” in BIM, increasing the value for both ARCHICAD users and external stakeholders alike. Its brand new, “flat-design” graphical UI sets the new version apart from run-of-the-mill BIM tools.

Register to watch the world premiere of ARCHICAD 20 during GRAPHISOFT’s Key Client Conference held in Budapest. The event will be streamed live on June 13, 2016, at 3:00-4:30 PM (CET)

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Enhanced Information Management

Storing: ARCHICAD 20 helps architects and designers to utilize their Building Information Model as the central storage place for all project information. They can even easily store and maintain design information that was not created using CAD or BIM tools, like Excel spreadsheets.

Displaying: ARCHICAD 20 takes that well-structured information and helps architects use it efficiently. Smart filters and a brand new graphical override help designers to freely change the representation of any 2D and 3D views of elements with similar properties. The result? A number of workflows that make communication, coordination and model checking much more efficient.

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ARCHICAD Grasshopper Connection

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

GRAPHISOFT announced the end of the six month beta phase for the ARCHICAD Grasshopper Connection. More than a thousand architects and designers around the world tested beta and now the industry-first, bi-directional connection between Grasshopper and ARCHICAD is live. The connection allows Rhino/Grasshopper users to connect to a professional BIM software (ARCHICAD).

Why is this important? What does it even mean? The non-architect writer of this blog was extremely happy to have it explained to simply via the video clip below. Although I was hungry after I watched it, I learned a lot.

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GRAPHISOFT Student Competition Update – Submission Deadline Extended!

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Submission Deadline Extended!
Have you been thinking about entering the GRAPHISOFT North America 2016 Spring Student Design Competition, but are worried you don’t have enough time to finish your submission?

Good news! We have extended the submission deadline to May 8.

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This gives you an additional week to work on your design for positioning Philadelphia’s rich history in front of the millions of tourists who visit it annually. Using ARCHICAD – you will design temporary, mobile visitor centers from shipping containers. Using as many containers as you want, in any array, while keeping them portable, self-contained and interactive – give . Give the containers a way to responds to the various sites in which it could be situated.
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BIMx PRO Wins Architizer A+ Award!

Friday, April 15th, 2016

The architecture and design industry worldwide has spoken. BIMx PRO won the A+ Architizer Award – ahead of the thousands of technology apps that were submitted including rival Autodesk. An elite group of experts made up an international jury of more than 300 architects and cultural leaders. They chose it as the best of the best, proving it is an app that truly stands out. The illustrious jury members included such industry luminaries as Denise Scott Brown, Bjarke Ingels and Tom Kundig, as well as personalities from beyond architecture like Tony Hsieh (CEO, Zappos), Yves Behar (Fuseproject), John Edelman (CEO, Design Within Reach), Cameron Sinclair (Architecture for Humanity) and Barry Bergdoll (MoMA).

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The app won the Architizer A+ Jury Award and the Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award in the world’s largest awards program for architecture and products. This prestigious announcement comes on the heels of BIMx PRO being prominently featured in the Apple launch film for its iPad Pro.

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ARCHICAD at Phil-AIA-delphia 2016

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Imagine What Could Happen
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One would be hard-pressed to list all the many good reasons to attend this year’s AIA Convention – but I’m willing to take up the challenge with some thoughts on the subject. To keep things tidy, though, I’m going to focus on one particular fun aspect of the convention per blog post.

Location, location, location

First of all, it is happening in Philadelphia – a legendary American city known for attitude, passion and perspective. The city itself inspires learning and creativity – a fact evidenced by the number of tours being offered during the AIA Convention. Organizers arranged more than a hundred tours designed to spark your interest, teach you something new, and give you a chance to see the best of Philadelphia.

Off the Beaten Path

KrocExterior-0002-635x367Speaking of tours – we want to call attention to one we’re putting on for convention attendees. A Tale of Two Krocs scheduled for the first day of AIA Thursday afternoon 5/19 from 2p-6p you can tour the Kroc Center – a much-needed community center designed by noted ARCHICAD firm Kitchen & Associates (K&A) in ARCHICAD – the center provides much needed services to the Camden community.

K&A provided comprehensive architectural, engineering and interior design services for the new Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center—a 120,000 square foot, state-of-the-art community facility located on a river-front, former brownfield site in downtown Camden, New Jersey. In January 2004, The Salvation Army USA announced that it would be receiving nearly $1.6 billion from the estate of Mrs. Joan Kroc, (whose husband founded McDonald’s), to establish community centers similar to the one Mrs. Kroc established in San Diego, California. Following a competitive, nationwide proposal process, The Salvation Army regional office in the City of Camden received $59 million of funding. By forging new relationships in the community and partnering with corporate sponsors and political leaders, the Salvation Army was able to secure the additional $31 million to fully fund the project.

 

ARCHICAD 100% COBie Compliant

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

E. William (Bill) East, the inventor of Construction Operations Building Information Exchange known as COBie – a data format for the publication of a subset of building model information focused on delivering building information not geometric modeling says ARCHICAD is 100% COBie-compliant. According to the Building Smart Alliance COBie “…is an information exchange specification for the life-cycle capture and delivery of information needed by facility managers. COBie can be viewed in design, construction, and maintenance software as well as in simple spreadsheets. This versatility allows COBie to be used all projects regardless of size and technological sophistication.”

Having a reliable international standard to share information can streamline an otherwise wasteful construction handover process. Using COBie specification involves identification of the content of the information that must be captured and exchanged at each phase of the project to begin to reduce the waste associated with the current paper process. The designer is required to provide the space layout, system list, types of equipment, and the location of named equipment. The builder adds equipment make, model and serial number and provides manufacturer literature, warranty and replacement parts information. The commissioning agent provides the job plan data with associated tools, training and equipment requirements.

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