As a profession we are better off working together than we are as individuals. After all, Architects are known for coordinating an orchestra of client stakeholders, community stakeholders, consultants, and contractors. Enoch Sears, AIA is doing just that with his website, the Business of Architecture.
Bryan Almquist is taking the term software architect to heart by launching his own architectural software start-up not too far from the watchful eyes of silicon valley. What is he designing? Archetris, a product that can actually help architects through the programming and design phases. Learn more about Bryan and his new endeavor after the jump.
Natasha Case exemplifies an individual using her architecture background to push the boundaries of traditional practice. In 2009, while working in architecture for Disney Imagineering, she founded Coolhaus with Freyer Estreller. The success of the architecturally-inspired ice cream sandwiches have grown into an empire larger than most architecture firms with mobile locations (food trucks) in Los Angeles, New York City, Austin and Dallas as well as two brick and mortar locations in LA.
Richard Saul Wurman, creator of TED, launched the Urban Observatory to compare cities data against one another, side-by-side, on the same scale. The notion is a follow-up to a book he published in 1962 featuring models of 50 world cities on the same scale.
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Building Information Modeling (BIM) is often thought of as a desktop application associated with software products such a Revit, ArchiCAD, VectorWorks, etc. However the Wikipedia definition denotes BIM as “a process involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of a facility.” Kimon Onuma has been utilizing BIM to its full definition through applications he calls BIMStorms and further helping owners organize all the data that the building and its users are constantly updating.
Want to make sure that you are in the cutting edge of the latest technologies available to the AEC industry? AEC-Apps is a crowdsourced library of software apps (also known as applications) that support the AEC industry.