AECCafe Weekly Review March 30th, 2017

INFOGRAPHIC: Future Directions in Architecture
March 30, 2017  by Akio Moriwaki

Architecture is at the crossroads of technology, society, and material sciences. As illustrated by The Economist in the infographic below, the major trends dramatically influencing the future of our built environment are:

Robots augmenting the construction workforce: 3D printing, drones, and wearable exoskeletons.

Flexible design extending the lifespan of infrastructure: the circular economy and adaptability.

New materials giving rise to bigger and greener buildings: graphene, carbon-negative cement production, and multi-physics simulation.

The built environment becoming intelligent and automated: big data, AI, autonomous utility equipment, and automated city services enabled by sensors.

Driverless vehicles reshaping our cities: less car ownership, less need for parking.

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A Brief Look Back at the #2017BIMCON
March 28, 2017  by Mary Moscarello

Third time’s a charm – and then some!

GRAPHISOFT BIM ConferenceGRAPHISOFT North America has now hosted three user conferences – this year was our second time around in Las Vegas. To put it simply, we had a blast hosting what was our largest number of attendees thus far. We’d like to share some of this year’s highlights and photos from the event that capture the energy and scope of the learning and networking that went on last week in Las Vegas.

Fun AND Informative

GRAPHISOFT BIM ConferenceWe packed lots of fun into two full days of presentations, workshops, break-out sessions and main stage keynote addresses. Attendees earned valuable AIA credits and training from top-notch experts in the industry as well as a chance to network with peers from firms of all sizes and the collective of ARCHICAD know-how and expertise. Of course, the networking opportunities were ample – letting the group get to know one another in an informal setting.

Down to Business

Early morning sessions were well-attended. A wide range of topics made up a packed agenda. We set up courses that would show how to use ARCHICAD tools to enhance efficiency, make models even more beautiful and get the most out of ARCHICAD. Over the course of the conference, attendees learned about using GDL, building a sustainability toolkit or using ARCHICAD to make ADA compliance visible in the model. All told, we offered opportunities to earn a total of 15 AIA credits by attending education sessions.


Killer Keynotes

Our opening keynote address came courtesy of Kai-Uwe Bergmann. Kai brought his expertise gained from being an integral part of the noted and celebrated firm, Bjarke Ingels Design – better known as BIG.  As a partner at BIG, he’s worked on numerous architectural projects worldwide – and used them as examples of architects using design to benefit and serve others. On day two, Marc Kushner, the co-founding CEO of Architizer, addressed the audience. He showed them inspiring ways to tap into user-generated data and take advantage of endorsement marketing. His online resource is changing the way architects can showcase work, find useful products and get leads – which by the way was founded by architects for architects. Sound familiar?



Kai-Uwe Bergmann



Marc Kushner


The Takeaway

In the end it was all about our users. Supporting them, showcasing them and getting to know what they need most from us. We’ll have more thoughts on the conference to share here – so stay tuned!

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