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April 11, 2014
2x8 is an annual exhibition sponsored by the AIA|LA, showcasing exemplary student work from architecture and design institutions throughout California. Each of the participating academic programs selects two projects that exemplify its core vision. The students’ design work will be judged by a noteworthy panel of architects and designers who will then announce the winners at the exhibition opening and convene in a forum to discuss the award-winning work. 

RICSSummit of the Americas Toronto 2014
May 4-6, 2014
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Sonoma Living: Home Tours
May 10, 2014
AIA San Francisco and AIA Redwood Empire are excited to announce Sonoma Living: Home Tours, a new home tours program for 2014. Sonoma Living will showcase a wide variety of architectural styles, neighborhoods, and residences—all from the architect's point of view. The program provides design enthusiasts and the general public with an inside look into the world of distinctive residences in Sonoma county. Tour participants have the opportunity to see some of the area's latest residential projects from the inside out, meet design teams, explore housing trends, and discover design solutions that inspire unique Sonoma living.


Design for Social Impact
May 25–August 3, 2014
Based on the idea that design is a way of looking at the world with an eye for changing it, the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) presents Design for Social Impact, an original exhibition offering a look at how designers, engineers, students, professors, architects and social entrepreneurs use design to solve the problems of the 21st century. 

 

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Tuesday
Dec102013

FORM Tech: Seeing Things

Spacemaker VR is a new virtual reality tool that creates an immersive digital experience for designers, architects and clients alike. Image courtesy Digital Physical. Over his 10-year career as an architect, Digital Physical CEO Robert Miles Kemp “worked on everything from skyscrapers to houses,” he says, but “it was difficult to have clients understand everything we’d show them. I wanted to build a real time design tool.” Kemp eventually moved on from building structures on to building software, but the experience planted a seed.

Enter Digital Physical’s Spacemaker VR, a new tool that takes 3D design files and turns them into virtual worlds. Say you’re an architect. You can bring a headset to your client (one of the great benefits of the product is its portability—it can easily fit into a backpack), and she puts it on. Immediately, she has a 110-degree view of the project making it feel “like you’re in it for real,” says Kemp. “The architect can be there with them, driving the keyboard and taking them around the space, talk to them and ask questions.” As an added bonus, other viewers can watch on-screen in mono-view, creating a unique forum for back-and-forth on the design and putting the architect and client on the same page. There’s even an option that allows jpegs to be made and annotated later.  

The response has been enthusiastic, to say the least. “Every architect has freaked out,” says a delighted Kemp. “They love the idea of being able to use it as a daily design tool.” The new software accepts 25 different formats. From there, it will automatically create a 3D file. “It’s easy for me to design a space, take my model file, go into my design and look at it.” It’s a great addition to the architect and designers’ toolbox, allowing ideas to be tested and refined in real-time, saving time and money.

For Kemp, this iteration of the project is an entry-level product. “We’re just at the beginning of seeing what a real time design tool can do,” he says.

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