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Returning to the Days of Ancient ArchiCAD

Returning to the Days of Ancient ArchiCAD

A lot has happened since 2006 As of January 2016, I have been using ARCHICAD for ten years. I first used ARCHICAD while working for the Nelson Tremain Partnership in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Below is a rendering I did for them in 2006 using ARCHICAD 9’s brand new...
New ARCHICAD, New Windows OS, New Mac OS, repeat.

New ARCHICAD, New Windows OS, New Mac OS, repeat.

I rarely put warnings before my blog posts. I think I will today: upgrading software is a complex yet super simple decision. The discussion that follows is an attempt to navigate that contradiction. Converging Forces Over on my blog, there are two regular features...
Announcing BIMx Docs for Android

Announcing BIMx Docs for Android

The wait is over – introducing GRAPHISOFT BIMx Docs for Android! The app ranked as a top ten useful app for builders by Sourceable.net, GRAPHISOFT BIMx Docs, has been released for Android phones and tablets in Google Play! BIMx Docs for Android hosts the same...
Renovate, Innovate, Update – CORE and the Mount Pleasant Library

Renovate, Innovate, Update – CORE and the Mount Pleasant Library

The Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded a single government grant totaling $682,000 which paid for the construction of four public libraries. One of the last Carnegie libraries built in the United States using that grant is the Mount Pleasant Library in Washington, DC. The Mount Pleasant Library was originally built in 1925, and was recently renovated and expanded by DC-based architecture/design firm CORE using ArchiCAD.

The Mount Pleasant Library was recognized for design excellence by the DC Chapter of the American Institute of Architects with an Honor Award, Unbuilt Category 2009 and the American Institute of Architects DC Chapter, Merit Award for Historic Resources, 2013.

In addition, the Library is seeking LEED Certification for environmentally-friendly design.

AIA Chicago Announces Winners of 2014 Small Projects Awards

AIA Chicago Announces Winners of 2014 Small Projects Awards

The AIA Chicago Small Projects Awards have been announced and ArchiCAD firm, Wrap Architecture has won an award for its “Safe House” design. The city-wide competition that celebrates small-scale work and emerging firms is now in its fourth year. Recently thirteen projects out of a field of 96 entries were recognized at a ceremony held at Architectural Artifacts.

Intense Designs Supported by ArchiCAD

Intense Designs Supported by ArchiCAD

Michael Doll AIA, an architect based in Cedarburg, WI created a skyscraper for the design competition, Evolve 2014. The concept is a public building, “Cevitas Centralis” Latin for “Citizen Central.” It is a building dedicated to public use as opposed to profit driven and would be used as a public gathering place, for performances, meetings and events.

Make Mine Cherry Flavor with Extra ArchiCAD

Make Mine Cherry Flavor with Extra ArchiCAD

Oh Yeah!!! Cue the Kool-Aid pitcher crashing through a cinder block wall… why am I beginning the post this way? Because in his own words, John Black of Lapis Design Partners has admitted to drinking the ArchiCAD Kool-Aid – and this is his story.

Black has been using ArchiCAD since version five. He believes the best thing Autocad ever did was drop their Macintosh platform just at the moment he began looking for a software program. Having been a Mac user, with no plans to change, he was ready to go from hand-drafting right into ArchiCAD. As with many users we’ve interviewed here on the blog, he had two weeks to get up to speed enough to create a design and presentation.

More Productive After Making the Switch

More Productive After Making the Switch

Software transition stories happen all the time, whether we hear about them or not. In learning about the story of an architectural firm switching from one software to another, the reader needs to fully understand the why. One story worth checking out is that of the firm SYLLA INTERNATIONAL.

Ode to ArchiCAD Attributes

Ode to ArchiCAD Attributes

Have I convinced you yet that Attributes are the most important aspect of ArchiCAD? Have you read this post yet? Do you agree that Attributes are more critical than 3D views and cost savings for contractors and clients? Do you see how Attributes will be the key to...
Template Creation, Template Migration, and More

Template Creation, Template Migration, and More

Whenever I think about template migration, I think about baggage and Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal. Isn’t there a scene where the urRu/Mystics (The hunchback good-guy wizard bird creatures) are wandering around with all their stuff piled up on their backs?...
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