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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...
Pen Sets, Part Eight: Thoughts on Naming

Pen Sets, Part Eight: Thoughts on Naming

This is the Eighth post in my extremely long series on Pens and Pen Sets in ArchiCAD. If you need a refresher, here are the other posts: Pen Sets, Part One Pen Sets, Part Two Pen Sets, Part Three Pen Sets, Part Four Pen Sets, Part Five Pen Sets, Part Six Pen Sets,...
Checking Back In with Solera Studios

Checking Back In with Solera Studios

Back in March of this year we brought you the story of a (pending certification) Passive House built in South Carolina. The post about David Bitter’s design and how he used ArchiCAD to manage the Passive House design, requirements and data received quite a bit...
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...
Sole Proprietor Combines Skill, ArchiCAD and BIMx for Triple Threat Project Win

Sole Proprietor Combines Skill, ArchiCAD and BIMx for Triple Threat Project Win

Jackson Hole, Wyoming based Chris Lee of Design Associates Architects has been relying on ArchiCAD since the late nineties – to design residential, commercial and industrial projects. As a sole proprietor, Lee says he is always looking for ways to be efficient and help his practice thrive. Lee takes advantage of the powerful combination of his skills and ArchiCAD to be the most efficient and compete with firms of larger size. One of his go-to features of ArchiCAD is BIMx and he exploits it to his advantage time and time again.

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.

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.

How to keep files running fast and lean.

How to keep files running fast and lean.

Even the smallest of projects can get bogged down, decreasing the speed of everything from selecting an element to generating the 3D window. While ArchiCAD becoming sluggish is bad in itself, this slowness often raises the potential for file crashes. Even if a project doesn’t slow down, an ill-maintained and operated project can also cause more crashes than you should have to deal with.

Pen Sets, Part Six: the 3D Window

Pen Sets, Part Six: the 3D Window

If you are just joining us, this is the Sixth post in my Pen Sets series. Posts one through three are from Shoegnome and reference mostly ArchiCAD 11. Posts Four and Five were recently published on BIM Engine and update my theories for ArchiCAD 17 (and everything else I’ve learned since 2011).

ArchiCAD for Interiors NYC Event

ArchiCAD for Interiors NYC Event

It was a feast for the eyes as well as a wonderful opportunity to network and engage with some of the top professionals in New York City last month. That’s when GRAPHISOFT teamed up with T-PROJECT, the US division of Italy’s premier production and sourcing hub for fashion and interior design, to host an exciting networking event in New York City.

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