Flux Factory – Using Big Data to Improve the Built Environment

Flux Factory – Using Big Data to Improve the Built Environment

  The previous post was a little teaser, this post from one year ago presented the rumors, here is some more substantial background of what is being cooked at Flux: Not many people are cognizant of it, but the world of software has long taken cues from the field of...
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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Elements - Weather File Editor and Visualizer

Elements – Weather File Editor and Visualizer

Just want to share this tool that I stumbled across lately: Elements is a free, open-source, cross-platform software tool for creating and editing custom weather files for building energy modeling. The goal of the project is to develop a comprehensive, integrated application suitable for handling all of the common tasks associated with weather files. Major...
The Wood Innovation and Design Centre

The Wood Innovation and Design Centre

It is a beautiful building indeed, the charred wood on the facade is really interesting … The Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) is the tallest wood building in Prince George and the tallest contemporary wood building in North America. Completed in October 2014, the WIDC is a six-storey plus mechanical penthouse, 29.5 metre-high structure...

Revit Credit Manager for LEED Updated

On October 30, the development team updated the technology preview for the Revit Credit Manager for LEED at Autodesk Labs. This update includes numerous bug fixes and enhancements based on Autodesk Labs Community feedback as well as addition of a new credit calculator, MRC4 – Recycled Content. And based on our most popular request, the...

Lumion 5.0 is Available

Fascinating real-time viz tool Lumion which integrates well with Revit and Archicad (and some CAD tools as well) has been updated to version 5. See what’s new in version 5.0 here .. Find the full release notes here ..
Webinar: The New IES-Approved Daylight Metrics

Webinar: The New IES-Approved Daylight Metrics

Here are the slides and a recording of my October 23rd AIA San Francisco and IBPSA webinar on the New Daylight Metrics. Download slides here  
Flux Metro Austin Preview

Flux Metro Austin Preview

At Flux we believe that data, analytics, and visualization can help bridge understanding between stakeholders and result in smarter growth and faster development and faster building. The Austin Preview of Flux Metro is an important first step in this direction. Flux Metro aggregates geographic data from public and private sources to build a three dimensional...
Energy Analysis for Dynamo – Open Beta Release

Energy Analysis for Dynamo – Open Beta Release

Check out this Energy Analysis for Dynamo package from from Core Studio at Thornton Tomasetti: We are very happy to announce the open beta release of Energy Analysis for Dynamo, available today in the Dynamo Package Manager, and on Github.  Energy Analysis for Dynamo allows for parametric energy modeling and whole-building energy analysis workflows in...
Flux Factory – Using Big Data to Improve the Built Environment

Flux Factory – Using Big Data to Improve the Built Environment

  The previous post was a little teaser, this post from one year ago presented the rumors, here is some more substantial background of what is being cooked at Flux: Not many people are cognizant of it, but the world of software has long taken cues from the field of architecture. Much of the vocabulary,...
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 ..
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...