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Swiss ARCHICAD User Wins Prize at Raic International Competition of Ideas

"Showcases of Culture" modeled and rendered in 3D using ARCHICAD

Munich, June 23, 2000. In addition to architecture firms from the United States and Canada, Swiss architect Pietro A. Caviglia reached the final round of the Royal Architectural Institute's (RAIC) idea competition. The jury of renowned international architects awarded the second prize and USD 15,000 to Caviglia for his work "Showcases of Culture." All drawings were created using Graphisoft's ARCHICAD and Artlantis Render for ARCHICAD.

"In an era of artificial worlds and digital media, mankind withdraws behind curtains and empty cases. The architect is the guardian of reality," believes Caviglia. "With Showcases of Culture I attempted to transpose the interior into the exterior. ARCHICAD enables me to work in 3D and to fit proportions early on in the design phase."

The RAIC and the City of Ottawa held this international competition of ideas, seeking a new urban solution for downtown Ottawa. They chose three blocks opposite the Parliament for the competition. This area is located between government buildings and a historical shopping district, and contains several empty plots as well as protected historical buildings.

Caviglia's work complements the existing stone facades with new showcase elements. The facades are transparent and permit the public to view the cultural programs and activities. The national identity is projected outward, and thus it becomes an experience of one's own culture. Caviglia's project was praised primarily because of his respectful treatment of the historical buildings and for his culture-oriented design. Additional information on this competition is available at www.r aic.org.

Caviglia was born in Luzern, Switzerland, in 1970. After qualifying in technical drawing for civil engineering, he studied architecture in ATIS Horw-Luzern. Since 1999, he has been working as an independent architect in Stansstad, Switzerland. He first attracted attention internationally in 1999 with his visual representation of "Luzern and its Twin-City, Chicago." The young architect has been successfully using ARCHICAD on the Macintosh since 1994.

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada was established as a voluntary national association in 1907 to represent the over 3,000 professional architects and students of architecture at the Canadian architecture faculties. RAIC supports architectural students and professionals in Canada. To that end, the Institute runs a national information and training forum to facilitate development and the exchange of ideas within the architectural sector.

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