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Graphisoft and BUILDER Magazine Team Up In Interactive Design Charette

San Francisco, CA - October 26, 1998

Design Symposium, held September 16-18 in Chicago, Illinois, four teams of architects and builders collaborated in an innovative design charette using ARCHICAD to model their designs and share them with colleagues across the country through the World Wide Web.

During an intense 90-minute exercise, each 10 to 20 person team designed a 2,300-sq.ft. house for a family of four. As the teams threw out ideas, sketched and developed their plans, an ARCHICAD operator simultaneously modeled the house, enabling team members to see in real-time how their ideas would work in three dimensions.

When the charette was completed, sketches, ARCHICAD floorplans and 3D renderings from each team were placed on both BUILDER ( and Residential Architect's ( websites where design professionals could log on and voice their opinions. The online comments were presented to the entire group by by BUILDER Editor-in-Chief Boyce Thompson the following day.

Builder magazine's Susan Jenkins assessed ARCHICAD's role in the symposium "The response from participants was overwhelming. ARCHICAD added an interactive component to the charrette that the builders realized they could implement in their own businesses. Not only to communicate with the architect and design team but as a way to get feedback from the community by placing plans on the web and receiving comments online. ARCHICAD was a useful and very succesful component of this year's program."

The teams were asked to design a home that provided the most lifestyle flexibility for a family of four with two teenage children. As the concepts developed, the ARCHICAD operator used the architect's sketches to create an integrated "Virtual Building" file from which plans and 3D perspective renderings were generated. Teams interacted with the ARCHICAD's model throughout the process to check design integrity and aesthetics.

The four teams were led by architets Sal Balsamo, AIA, Balsamo/Olson Group, Oakbrook Terrace, IL.; John Thatch, AIA, Dahlin Group, San Ramon, CA.; Bob White, Scheurer Architects, Newport Beach, CA.; and Christian J. Lessard, Lesard Architectural Group Inc., Vienna, VA. The ARCHICAD operators were Tim Kent, Pappageorge/Haymes Ltd., Chicago, IL; Robert Mariani, Architects Design Forum, Chicago, IL; Joe Bayer, Architechnology, Cincinnati. OH; and Angi Sams, Design Integrations Inc., Atlanta, GA.

ARCHICAD reseller Angi Sams created the model for her team and observed that the builders and lead architect were able to communicate ideas about the design effectively and that they found the 3D model invaluable for space planning, a key aspect to meeting the design criteria.

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