Google to Join the BIM Arena?

Google to Join the BIM Arena?

This is definitely something to watch (See links below). If Google’s data driven approach could be applied to the AEC industry this would be a game changer for BIM and Performative Design practitioners. Google’s serious interest in the quality of their own built environment lends these rumors even more credibility. Google...
SFU Carbon Talks Dialogue - 2 Degrees: The Built Environment and Our Changing Climate

SFU Carbon Talks Dialogue – 2 Degrees: The Built Environment and Our Changing Climate

Simon Fraser University Carbon Talks was hosting a dialogue with Cole Roberts, acclaimed author of “2 Degrees: The Built Environment and our Changing Climate” last month. Here is the video: Cole Roberts leads the energy and resource sustainability business in Arup’s San Francisco office. Cole’s experience ranges from climate positive...
Amory Lovins: A 50-year plan for energy

Amory Lovins: A 50-year plan for energy

In this intimate talk filmed at TED’s offices, energy theorist Amory Lovins lays out the steps we must take to end the world’s dependence on oil (before we run out). Some changes are already happening — like lighter-weight cars and smarter trucks — but some require a bigger vision.
DIVA-for-Rhino Version 2.0 Released

DIVA-for-Rhino Version 2.0 Released

DIVA-for-Rhino is a highly optimized daylighting and energy modeling plug-in for the Rhinoceros – Nurbs modeler. The plug-in was initially developed at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and is now distributed and developed by Solemma LLC. DIVA-for-Rhino allows users to carry out a series of environmental performance...
Saul Griffith on Energy Literacy - Green:Net 2011 Slides

Saul Griffith on Energy Literacy – Green:Net 2011 Slides

The slides below are from last years keynote for GigaOm green:net 2011 Saul Griffith is the Chief Scientist at Other Lab. He has multiple degrees in materials science and mechanical engineering and completed his PhD in Programmable Assembly and Self Replicating machines at MIT. He is the co-founder of numerous...
Symposium on Computation for Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism (Videos & Slides)

Symposium on Computation for Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism (Videos & Slides)

“The aim of the first symposium on computation for sustainable architecture and urbanism is to discuss information-based approaches that augment design processes and decisions towards sustainable buildings and cities. To increase the impact it is important to develop methods and strategies that go beyond mere imagery, to identify fields where...
Generative Thermal Optimisation

Generative Thermal Optimisation

This is a presentation explaining the basic process of generative design and thermal optimisation for filtering using Grasshopper, Genoform and Autodesk Vasari. Would be great if this kind of generative functionality would be built into Vasari itself.
High Performance Building: Performance by Design

High Performance Building: Performance by Design

Great film by Amory Lovins’ team at the Rocky Mouintain Institute: “High Performance by Integrative Design follows the first installment in the High Performance Building Series to provide an in-depth look at how the integrative design process happens. The film includes examples of how design teams collaborate in new ways...
Parametric Painting in Revit

Parametric Painting in Revit

Just came across this cool preview for a Revit Technology Conference RTC2011 presentation by Tim Waldock on “Designing in Revit Using Parametric Formulas” – This example is using adaptive components and the “Reactor Pattern” principle to examine facade design.
Matt Ridley: When Ideas have Sex - The Collective Brain

Matt Ridley: When Ideas have Sex – The Collective Brain

At TEDGlobal 2010, author Matt Ridley shows how, throughout history, the engine of human progress has been the meeting and mating of ideas to make new ideas. It’s not important how clever individuals are, he says; what really matters is how smart the collective brain is.
Energy Literacy

Energy Literacy

A very informative presentation that helps to get a grip on the energy metrics: “If we are to make a big change in the way energy is produced and consumed we need an “Energy Literacy” that gives people a tangible sense of their energy consumption, and of what it takes...
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Flux Factory's Vision - Big Data in Building Design

Flux Factory’s Vision – Big Data in Building Design

A little peek into Flux Factory’s vision for the future of building design on the web.. Big Data in building design, fascinating, mmh
Sefaira Releases Performance Analysis Plug-in for Revit

Sefaira Releases Performance Analysis Plug-in for Revit

Sefaira Now Provides Feedback on Energy and Daylighting Trade-Offs in Autodesk Revit Sefaira, the leader in software for high-performance building design, today announced that it now delivers real-time energy analysis and daylighting analysis within Autodesk® Revit. With the Sefaira for Revit plugin, architects can now assess tradeoffs between energy and daylighting performance and make performance-based...

BIM Forum Talk with Zach Kron: Dynamo – Visual Programming for Revit

Speaker: Zach Kron Principal Design Strategist for the AEC Conceptual Design group at Autodesk Dynamo is a graphical algorithm editor that can be used to extend the parametric functionality of Autodesk Revit. It is accessible to both programmers and non-programmers, with the ability to diagrammatically code behavior and define custom functionality. Users can also use...

Data-Driven Design: Architecture in the Age of Information @ Greenbuild

If you are going to Greenbuild in New Orleans this year then check out this presentation: E10 – Data-Driven Design: Architecture in the Age of Information Thursday, October 23 from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM | MR 356 Overview: The Big Data revolution is changing every area of work and life—including buildings. Architecture has always...

New in Revit 2015 R2

These features have just been released today to subscription customers (features via Autodesk Revit 2015 help updates): Architectural Enhancements Dynamo: Encode design intent with visual scripting that leverages the Revit API to enhance and extend model behavior. Solon Integration: Personalize the building performance analysis experience in Revit by defining a dashboard with charts and results...

Advanced Computational Design with Dynamo and Revit – Youtube Playlist

This is a videos series for Advanced Computational Design for BIM. Unit 1: Revit Element Modification Unit 2: Revit Element Creation Unit 3: Non-Dynamo Created Elements referenced in the Graph Unit 4: Import/Export Unit 5: Simple Analysis Unit 6: Advanced Analysis Unit 7: Scripting

Revit Credit Manager for LEED

The Revit Credit Manager for LEED will allow you to automate calculations for your LEED Daylighting and Views IEQ 8.1 (Daylight Option 1 Simulation and Option 2 Prescriptive) and IEQ8.2 (Views) credits as well as streamline the submittals conveniently from inside Autodesk Revit 2014 software. Go to the Autodesk Feedback Community to find out more...
Simergy Version 1.3 is Now Available

Simergy Version 1.3 is Now Available

Simergy v1.3 was released today. You can download it from the Simergy website at: http://Simergy.lbl.gov As all of you know, Simergy is a BIM/BEM application that dramatically reduces the time and complexity required to use DOE’s whole-building energy modeling and performance simulation engine — EnergyPlus. Simergy was designed and developed to meet the advanced building...

Gehry Technologies BIM Platform bought by SketchUp Owner Trimble

Trimble and Frank Gehry announced today that they have entered into a strategic alliance to collaborate to transform the construction industry by further connecting the office to on-site construction technologies. As part of the alliance, Trimble has acquired Gehry Technologies, the software and consulting services business that has been instrumental in delivering Frank Gehry’s visionary...
Project Skyscraper: Autodesk 360 Cloud-Based Collaboration for Revit

Project Skyscraper: Autodesk 360 Cloud-Based Collaboration for Revit

Autodesk recently unveiled Project Skyscraper, a technology preview for Autodesk Revit that will allow the entire project team to collaborate in the cloud using Autodesk 360. Project Skyscraper will help firms avoid the costly IT set-up and management associated with most available collaboration solutions. With collaborative workflows across teams spanning different firms and locations becoming...

VE2014 Feature Pack 1 Available Now

Here is the download link: http://www.iesve.com/software/download New Features Summary New California Building Regulations Title 24 Compliance Tool IESVE is the first commercial software to be officially approved for commercial building compliance with the new California Building Regulations, Title 24. Our software provides an alternative calculation method for demonstrating performance compliance with the non-residential provisions of...
BIM Content Management in the Cloud

BIM Content Management in the Cloud

I just came across this fascinating cloud based content library for Revit and Sketchup. It also offers an affordable price of $12 per user right now. Some of the highlights are: Automatic RFA versioning Batch meta tag Search keywords / meta tags Upload your entire library with a single upload User Groups (by project or...