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Discover a range of stories from architects in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico regions.

As we move through Episode 3 of By Design, Pacific Rising, we discover how CAST Architecture relies on ARCHICAD to work through design ideas. When the team at CAST explores possibilities, ARCHICAD is there from the beginning of the project, supporting their creativity by providing a fluid modeling tool. That means they find themselves using it for a project's entire life cycle, without turning to other software.

Click here to watch their profile and see how that aspect of their workflow lets them work the details and understand the materials, structural aspects and provide documentation, in a more efficient workflow.

By Design – Firm Profile, CAST Architecture

As we move through Episode 3 of By Design, Pacific Rising, we discover how CAST Architecture relies on ARCHICAD to work through design ideas. When the team at CAST explores...

As GRAPHISOFT continues its original digital content series, we turn our eye onto the West Coast. The architecture firms we're profiling celebrate contrasts - proving the idea that something can be completely different and yet still be a good neighbor. OPA & CAST Architecture. Be sure to sign up for series updates so you don't miss an episode.

 

By Design – By GRAPHISOFT – Episode 3

As GRAPHISOFT continues its original digital content series, we turn our eye onto the West Coast. The architecture firms we're profiling celebrate contrasts - proving the idea that...

We're into the next part of By Design Episode 2 where we're getting an in-depth look at the impressive work Toronto-based firm, Urban Strategies does with ARCHICAD.

In this firm profile piece, you'll come to understand the passion and commitment that Michel Trocmé and his team bring to every project so that communities can reinvest in themselves and hold onto their special quallities. Trocmé explains how they figure out big ideas for cities using ARCHICAD. It is an intense amount of information and in his experience, the models stand up to those immense amounts of data without fail. 

Prepared to be impressed.

Click here to watch the Urban Strategies profile.

By Design – Firm Profile, Urban Strategies

We're into the next part of By Design Episode 2 where we're getting an in-depth look at the impressive work Toronto-based firm, Urban Strategies does with ARCHICAD. In this firm profile...

“[ARCHICAD is] Undoubtedly the best design tool available to architects today”

AOME Architects

“[ARCHICAD] has given my office an edge… We have been able to take on more projects and increase profits.”

Mittmann Architect

“[Using ARCHICAD] has changed my life… My productivity is perhaps 3x what it was, with a fraction of the stress. “

Green Design Build LLC

Hyperlinks and ArchiCAD (Part 2)

In the previous post we talked about hotlinked markers in your multi-page PDFs. Today let’s talk about some other implications and possibilities of a multi-page PDF created from the Publisher in...

Hyperlinks and ArchiCAD (Part 1)

Did you know that the PDF sets you have been printing for years are WAY more powerful than you ever knew? In fact, after reading this series of posts, you might stop printing physical sets...

All the Many Different ArchiCAD Keys

Did you know there is more than one type of ArchiCAD license? For whatever personal reasons this is on my mind recently. So let's talk about license and key types. And yes I admit this is more nerdy...

EcoDesigner STAR – Day One

My brain hurts. And I am reminded of the graphs I drew over at Shoegnome on why people fail at BIM. Take a quick moment and read it. Then come back here. Read it? Good. Because we're about to embark...

Surprising Benefits of the Morph Tool

Here's a quote from my last post on Element IDs and the Element ID Manager: "All 3D elements (including grids and zones) as well as fills have an Element ID. Lines, Polylines, Dimensions, Text, and...

Order AND Complexity

I've been thinking a lot about Order and Chaos... If you haven't read the Slate article A Unified Theory of Muppet Types, find time to read it after you're done with this post (or pause and read...

Adding Legibility to Details

Last week I wrote about rethinking what elevations created in ArchiCAD could look like. Today I want to expand those ideas to details (and also plans, sections, etc.). In preparation for my talks at...

The Evolution of an Elevation

A few recent BIM-related encounters all pointed to a similar question/want: why can't ArchiCAD handle element edges in elevation to mimic the heavy air lines of a hand-drawn elevation? It's a good...

Static Thoughts – Part 3

Other Thoughts This is the third part in my series on Static Thoughts. I'm not looking to be all encompassing and comprehensive. Instead I want to spur your imagination into the different functions...

BIMcomponents.com + manuBIM

In early September we got our first Wish Upon an Object from BIMcompenents.com. Now just a few weeks later comes the next installment: Ceiling Editor US Once again we get a wonderfully built object...

Static Thoughts – Part 2

In Part 1 of this post from earlier in the week, I talked about the propagation of changes in an ArchiCAD model (for good and ill). I shared some thoughts on both preventions and cures. I now want...

Static Thoughts – Part 1

Everything is linked! Changes made in plans propagate to sections, elevations, schedules, and 3D views! It's all coordinated. This is the world we live in when we use ArchiCAD. And it's great. But...

Missing and Lost, but Not Gone Forever

This has happened to all of us. You add a new object or make a change and then the element is gone. You know you didn’t delete it. But it’s gone. It’s not time to panic. It’s time to think… okay “It...

Quick Tip: Element vs Object

Here's a quick test. Which is correct: A) "Hi boss, check out this BIM model I've been working on!" or B) "Hey boss, here's that BIM you were asking for." The answer is B. It's not a Building...

Download ArchiCAD 16 Trial

ArchiCAD 16, the software voted Best in Show by Architosh magazine has begun shipping! That's good news for you because beginning Tuesday, July 10th a trial version of ArchiCAD 16 will be available...

Announcing ArchiCAD 16

GRAPHISOFT is announcing the latest version of premium BIM design software for architects, ArchiCAD 16. ArchiCAD 16 will be released on May 30, 2012, with shipment to customers beginning within a...

Why Choose ArchiCAD BIM?

Kurt Ameringer was interviewed while on the show floor at GreenBuild Toronto - he spoke about some key points to consider when deciding to switch to a BIM method for designing, constructing and...

Align View – Creative Imaging in ArchiCAD

The Align View Function in Graphisoft’s ArchiCAD, allows you the architect to offer value to your clients. When designing an addition or renovation to an existing building, it is valuable to see and...

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