Aural Architecture: Everything Old is New Again

Acoustics have been a key element of architecture for at least 3,000 years. Actors could be clearly heard by audience members in the last row – 60 meters away from the stage – of ancient open-air Greek theatres. Temples, churches and other sacred spaces were built with soaring rounded ceilings to amplify music, song and voice.

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BIM: A Boon or Bane to Innovative Design?

What is the significance of tactile experience in the process of design? As BIM (building information modeling) takes over from traditional design processes of drawing and building physical 3-D models, some architects and designers question whether computer modeling can hope to inspire innovative design. Computers feel inherently impersonal to many, and everyone has experienced the “mistake” in molding a 3-D model by hand that turned into a distinctive design feature. Traditionalists insist that removing these tactile processes from design effectively quashes true innovation and the joy of artistic creation.

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Intelligent Deconstruction

Green architecture and design need to take the entire lifecycle of a structure into account, from energy-efficient engineering to materials planning and acquisition to construction… pretty basic, right? Often overlooked by architects, designers and contractors is a building’s end-of-life. While it’s tempting to think of the space you’ve labored to create as lasting forever, the reality is everything comes to an end. And, with ever-changing work and use requirements, renovation is never far off.

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Revit Revealed

While Revit and BIM (building information modeling) are often used almost interchangeably – and Autodesk is certainly happy to support the confusion – Revit is simply one of several tools that allow you to use BIM effectively in your building projects.

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