An Eight Year Old Guess about ArchiCAD 18
Up until a few months ago, if you typed “ArchiCAD 18” into a search engine, you’d either get some random website that happened to use both the word “ArchiCAD” and the number “18” somewhere in the body of the same article, or you’d find Miguel Krippahl’s old post from 2006. Hopefully Miguel’s name is vaguely familiar. He’s a long time ArchiCAD user, and was a frequent blogger (here’s his old site, it’s in Portuguese, but you can use Google to translate it). Like so many passionate ArchiCAD users over the years, he had a career change…and now works FOR Graphisoft—currently as the country Manager for Brazil. To be honest, even though I’ve run into Miguel a few times since he joined Graphisoft, I’m not 100% sure exactly what his job title means. Other than that ArchiCAD users in Brazil are very fortunate to have him working hard for their benefit.
The Future of ArchiCAD, as seen from 2006
Take a moment when you get to the end of this post and read Miguel’s thoughts from 2006. He paints a very evocative vision of the future of our industry. And while his dream of ArchiCAD 18 (written on a computer that only had ArchiCAD 10 installed) obviously didn’t arrive in 2014, it offers some great clues of the present and future. We don’t work in a virtual reality environment, but the ease of collaboration and involvement of both professional and non-professional stakeholders are more and more in the headlines of ArchiCAD news every day. We can’t yet stand in a virtual building but we can stand where a building will go and hold a virtual building in our hands. We can’t yet beam a digital avatar from one 3D model to another, but thanks to the BIMserver and now BIMcloud, working with dispersed teams across the world or moving from one project to another to check progress is something many of us do daily without thinking. And viewing an unbuilt project at night, fully illuminated, even when you’re only partially done with Schematic Design? Not a problem.
And this is where I get on my taller soapbox upon my wider soapbox, which rests on my standard soapbox. Read Miguel’s post and think about how almost everything he talks about focuses on collaboration, communication, and the openness of creativity. How all those things he describes are facilitated by what we have at hand now in the real ArchiCAD 18. Sure we’re missing a few things he prognosticates (I would love acoustic simulation!), but we can explore and experiment with almost all the ideas he points towards. Live model tweaking with clients; incorporating others’ models; visualizing the building at different times of the day and year; all that and more we should all be doing now. Needless to say, I love this article Miguel wrote almost 8 years ago. I come across it every couple months or years and am always surprised with how many salient points he hits upon. And yes, I have been waiting year after year for us to reach ArchiCAD 18 so that I could write a post pointing to Miguel’s ruminations! Do yourself a favor and read it today. And then read it again in six months. At some point, the post will probably get eaten by the Internet and disappear. So don’t wait.
With each iteration of ArchiCAD, and each jumpshift with computer technology in general, I expect Miguel’s post to get ever closer to reality.
Oh and if you aren’t completely convinced that the present and future of ArchiCAD is all about collaboration, communication, and the openness of creativity, perhaps this video will help.
In future articles we will actually go into detail about all the cool stuff we can do today with ArchiCAD 18, but let’s just dream a little for now. Dreaming is good. Make sure to follow Graphisoft North America on Twitter. Click Here so that you don’t miss anything!