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Creating holistic architecture requires a sense of perspective

"For architects, digital tools reignite the joy of seeing their work being built." This is how Charles Bessard links his company’s embrace of the latest digital tools with the basic satisfaction architects get when they see their projects realized. BESSARDs' Studio takes pride in being a small studio, since it allows them to control the entire architectural process. BIM generates a crucial overview for the holistic approach of this architectural firm. Learn how BIM and ARCHICAD have become an integral part of the firm's workflow.

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OPEN BIM healthcare design by LINK arkitektur

In this detailed case study, learn how one of Scandinavia's leading architecture firms used ARCHICAD to tackle the task of rebuilding and expanding Stockholm Southern Hospital. The project included renovation and extension of existing buildings, demolition of some older buildings and the addition of new ones to the site. In total, the project expanded to 70,000 m2 (754,000 square feet) in 13 buildings with 3,000 rooms. LINK arkitektur's meticulous and patient-focused architecture resulted in the building design receiving Miljöbyggnad Silver certification from the Swedish Green Building Council.

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ARCHICAD is UK's 'BIM Product of the Year' Seven Years Running

GRAPHISOFT has announced that ARCHICAD 21 has won the prestigious BIM Product of the Year award at the twelfth annual Construction Computing Magazine Awards in the United Kingdom. This is the seventh year in a row that ARCHICAD has been honored with the top BIM product award. Affectionately known as 'The Hammers', the Construction Computing Awards are nominated and voted for by industry-wide professionals and real users to recognize innovative solutions that are actively deployed and in use today. As one of the few awards covering the use of IT in design and construction, the awards are known for reflecting actual users' experiences with products for delivering projects.

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ARCHICAD power user, Andrew Patterson, is New Zealand's 2017 Gold Medal winner

"Over the course of three decades, Andrew Patterson has forged a reputation as a confident designer of striking buildings with great presence. His practice's portfolio is replete with distinctive projects. Patterson buildings do not just assert their difference against the designs of the architect's peers; they are also highly differentiated from each other." ARCHICAD users will know him best as the visionary behind the ARCHICAD 20 signature building, the Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth, New Zealand. Congratulations to Andrew Patterson, for winning the New Zealand Institute of Architects Gold Medal!

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GRAPHISOFT introduces direct Hyper-model upload to BIMx Model Transfer service

GRAPHISOFT has unveiled a new option to share ARCHICAD content by uploading a previously exported BIMx Hyper-model file to storage space on the BIMx Model Transfer service. Upload a file by choosing it in the file open dialog or just drag & drop it to the target folder. Users can review their new Hyper-model before sharing it, offering a flexible way to disseminate BIMx models at a later date. Also, the name of the person who uploaded or last updated a Hyper-model will also be displayed on the Hyper-model's download page, making it easier to track the Hyper-model changes in the storage space.

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How Nikken Sekkei uses ARCHICAD to drive design

"While the typical approach is to treat BIM software as simply the latest means for documenting design, Japanese architecture firm Nikken Sekkei is channeling the latest capabilities of ARCHICAD — the dominant BIM software in Japan, as well as Central and Eastern Europe — to develop an entirely new design process." Learn how Nikken Sekkei uses a data-driven, tech-oriented approach to not only enhance the quality of their designs, but also to apply design thinking to architectural practice.

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Kawasaki Toshiba Building | Nikken Sekkei | Photo: Harunori Noda [Gankosha]

Ostozhenka Architects 'live together' with ARCHICAD

GRAPHISOFT has released another user case study video, shot during the Key Client Conference in Kyoto earlier this year. This interview was conducted with Ivan Voronezhsky, architect at Ostozhenka Architects in Moscow, who talks about their multi-decade ARCHICAD experiences.
Ostozhenka Architects was founded in 1989, initially as part of the Research and Design Center of the Moscow Architectural Institute; it became an independent private office in 1992. The team's first project was the reconstruction of the "Ostozhenka" microdistrict - a fragment of the historic nucleus of Moscow. This urban planning and architectural design project occupied the office for a decade and also gave it its name.

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GRAPHISOFT hosts EU Committee for Standardization BIM Working Group session

October 26, 2017 |GRAPHISOFT BIM Standardization CEN

The standardization of Building Information Modelling (BIM) is one of the biggest challenges the European AEC industry has yet to solve. Developed countries are implementing architectural standards based on the Open BIM platform, aligning design and construction processes in a transparent and effective way. BIM-based standardization will result in increased efficiency as well as huge ecological benefits. GRAPHISOFT, representing Hungary in the CEN Working Group, hosted the most recent session in Budapest.

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We like the idea that we're treated as part of the family

Osmond Lange Architects & Planners was established in 1929 and is one of the larger architectural practices in South Africa, with offices in Johannesburg, Durban, East London and Cape Town. The company has built up extensive design and technological expertise specializing in large projects and has actively participated in some of the largest joint ventures in South Africa as lead consultants. The practice blends architecture, urban design and development management skills to deliver an integrated package of professional services to its clients. In this video, you'll hear what the architects at Osmond Lange appreciate most about ARCHICAD and about their relationship with GRAPHISOFT.

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Nemetschek acquires leading US software provider RISA

October 13, 2017 |Nemetschek RISA Technologies

GRAPHISOFT parent Nemetschek Group has announced the acquisition of US software provider RISA Technologies, Inc., headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California. RISA offers ones of the most popular structural engineering suites in the US for multi-material structures such as steel, concrete, masonry and wood. With the acquisition of RISA, Nemetschek further establishes its commitment to delivering complete engineering workflows on the US market.

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