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How ARCHICAD Helped designLAB With Its Award-Winning Carney Library Renovation

Noted Brutalist pioneer Paul Rudolph's sprawling 1.5-million-square-foot campus for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has received renewed attention in recent years. Hired by the university in 2007, Boston-based designLAB architects spent six years renovating and extending the campus’s innovative centerpiece, the Clare T. Carney library. After receiving an AIA honor award this year, the firm’s architects Sam Batchelor and Ben Youtz spoke to Architizer editors about how ARCHICAD was key to reviving Rudolph’s phenomenal work.

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Photo: Jonathan Hillyer

BIM in Japan - Nikken Sekkei

With over 2,500 employees and projects in 40 countries, Nikken Sekkei is among the largest and most successful architectural design firms in the world. We recently sat down with Tomohiko Yamanashi, Executive Officer and Deputy Head of the Architectural Design Department, to discuss two of the firm's recent, major projects, as well as the evolution of BIM.

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Photo: Harunori Noda [Gankosha]

Grasshopper - ARCHICAD Live Connection Tool Update

We are working hard to ensure the best algorithmic design experience in the BIM environment. The current update of the Grasshopper - ARCHICAD Live Connection Tool offers several new functions and improvements to existing functions.

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Five disruptive thoughts shared at GRAPHISOFT's User Conference

2017 BIMCON, GRAPHISOFT's recently-held User Conference, gave voice to a number of the AEC industry's key movers and shakers, including BIG firm partner Kai-Uwe Bergmann and Architizer founder and architect, Marc Kushner. Anthony Frausto-Robledo, publisher and editor of Architosh, shares what he believes were the five disruptive thoughts at the conference.

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GRAPHISOFT Provides ARCHICAD to Design in Action: Build Initiative

March 6, 2017 |Education GRAPHISOFT Students

GRAPHISOFT North America is honored to partner with the Washington Architectural Foundation, Catholic University of America’s Architecture School (CUA), and Common Good City Farm (CGCF) for the Design in Action: Build (DIA: Build). This experiential learning initiative partners high school students from the DC area with Catholic University School of Architecture undergrads to design and construct a hands-on project that will benefit CGCF.

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Learn how GRAPHISOFT grew from a small company in what was then the Eastern Bloc to a world-leading design software company that has grown with the success of its flagship product, ARCHICAD. traveled to Hungary recently to shoot a short documentary about GRAPHISOFT's history and vision for growth beyond the borders of Hungary. Having grown into a global brand with a flagship product that is used by countless design and project teams around the world, the company stays true to the values that made it successful. “Here in Hungary, GRAPHISOFT is a very influential and big company” explains Viktor Várkonyi, CEO. “But internally we still share the kind of same mind-set that I experienced 25 years ago: that we have a great dream and we just want to change the world.”

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Australian airport 'Made in Colombia'

Two Colombian architects are the brains behind a confidential airfield being built on an island off the coast of Australia. The project is part of an oil and gas facility being created in a remote location in Australia that will offer continuous operations, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, serving major players in the oil & gas industry. Andrés Villaveces and Juan Pablo León, partners in the award-winning firm Métrica, have completed projects in 18 countries around the world. The firm switched to ARCHICAD two years ago and never looked back.

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GRAPHISOFT Korea Online Camp & Competition

February 15, 2017 |ARCHICAD Competition BIM Students Korea

GRAPHISOFT Korea recently held its first annual Online Camp & Competition for architecture students to showcase their creativity and knowledge of BIM. The online camp offered students an opportunity to learn ARCHICAD and BIM remotely. To compete, students had to use the ARCHICAD training materials. The online training lasted 5 days with 102 students from 17 universities completing the course; 73 of these students went on to compete. Four teams were selected to present to a panel of professors, architects, and BIM specialists. The first-place winner of the competition, Mr. Changjun Bae, was awarded 1,000,000 KRW (US$870) and a 3-day trip to Japan; the 2nd and 3rd place teams were awarded 500,000 KRW (US$435) and 300,000 KRW (US$260) respectively.

To view the finalist' projects visit the competition website...

ARCHICAD 20 - A deep dive into its best new features

GRAPHISOFT introduced version 20 – the latest version of its industry-leading BIM application – back in 2016 and Architosh covered it previously. However, in this review type feature, the editor takes a ‘deep dive’ into the three top focus areas in version 20: (1) the new user interface, (2) graphic overrides, and (3) the “I” in BIM. "The goal of digging deeper should be obvious. We discover, for example, the edge of functionality with the new graphic overrides technology, but the BIM pioneer – always thinking ahead – provided the not-so-obvious answer to addressing ways to get beyond this edge." In this feature article, Architosh takes a deeper look at the three big new features in ARCHICAD 20. Part insights, part step-by-step, they dive deep into many aspects of graphic overrides, the Property Manager and what the new UI brings to UX.

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A complete BIM residential project

SARCO Architects Costa Rica has employed a solid BIM solution for their residential projects from the initial design to construction. Their award-winning Casa Magayon project was designed in 3D using ARCHICAD from start to finish – the entire 2D documentation process was generated from the “live” ARCHICAD model, with absolutely no content drawn in 2D. "It would be impossible to tackle complex projects without a comprehensive tool like ARCHICAD," says Roderick Anderson, CEO & Design Director, SARCO Architects Costa Rica.

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