ArchiSpace – update1

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I am happy to share a new video on the latest developments of ArchiSpace. It shows how I am modeling Tainan Public Library by Mecanoo using some of the new features added over the past weeks.

In this post I will describe these new features that make architectural modeling more intuitive. Feel free to write you own ideas about the VR interface and modeling tools. My goal for next update is making the laser movements smoother and adding controls for snapping and dimensions of objects.

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Design technology conferences 2017

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RTC europe conferences

I’m happy to announce that this year I will be speaking at several international conferences. If you are interested to optimize your use of design technology, want to try an early beta of ArchiSpace or like to meet me in person, you can go to any of the following events. Conferences like these are a valuable source of knowledge to stay informed on the latest developments, learn from your peers and meet the worlds leading specialists and awesome people with a great passion for their work.

Immersive Architecture

Venice, Italy, 2017-06-01 till 2017-06-03

imersive architecture

Two day conference focused on the use of virtual and augmented reality in architecture. During this conference you can learn, discuss and test the latest VR tools of many interesting speakers.

On this event I will talk about the future potential of  VR in architecture. And demonstrate how we currently use virtual reality and other design technologies at Mecanoo to present and to enhance the design process.

On the 4th of June I will also host a 8 hour workshop to teach architectural participants how to start developing their own VR experiences with Unity3d. This class is filling up fast, so be sure to subscribe if you like to join this introduction to VR development for architects.


London, United Kingdom, 2017-06-28


This one day conference in the British museum in is organized by AEC Magazine, one of the best sources for quality articles/news about design tech. NXT BLD is focused on emerging technologies, such as Virtual and Augmented reality, Artificial Intelligence, Generative Design and Digital Fabrication. It’s a sponsored invited event but you can also subscribe if you are interested to attend the conference.

I have been asked to share my thoughts about the evolution of design technology and how tools like my application ArchiSpace can help to make our future of digital design more immersive.

BILT North America

Toronto, Canada, 2017-08-03 til 2017-08-05


This leading design tech conference used to be all about Revit but now focusses on all technologies and workflows needed for the design, construction and management of buildings. In 2015 I joined this conference in Washington and met some great and skilled new people. You can read all about that conference in my previous post.

I will be speaking about Revit workflows during design competitions and how to improve the design-team coordination and efficiency by work-sharing and automating the generation of non-standard architectural deliverables.

BILT Europe

Aarhus, Denmark, 2017-10-05 till 2017-10-07


This is the European version of BILT (formally called RTC) that I visited last year in Porto. It will be a three day event about the latest technology, tips, tricks and workflows to enhance your use of software. You can read about last years event and my thoughts about the future of BILT on my previous post.

In this talk I will take you trough the steps of creating your own VR application with a game engine (Unity3d) and discuss the workflows, tools and concepts needed to start developing a personalized interactive VR application from your Revit models.

Are you planning to visit any of these conferences?  I look forward to meet my readers here and hope my talks can inspire architects and other professionals to embrace and improve their use of smarter design technologies.

Virtual Reality hardware for architecture, where to start?

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Since my shared a preview of the Virtual Reality application Archispace. I’ve been receiving allot of questions from designers on how to start in using Virtual Reality in their work. This post will give some useful tips on choosing the right VR hardware for your Architectural work and presentations.

Architects have a long history of using crafty methods like sketching and model-making to study and present clients our spatial solutions for buildings. Over the past decades many technologies like photography, ray-trace rendering and photo editing tools have enabled us to present our ideas and designs with more realistic computer generated visuals. This was all made possible thanks to Computer Aided Design (CAD) software used for our technical drawings. Nowadays improved data management methods like Building Information Modeling (where all design partners collaborate on one 3D database) help to streamline our design process and make the available 3D data more accurate, realistic and valuable for testing our designs in Virtual Reality.

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Virtual Reality allows us to communicate with space

Rendered images give us better understanding of the looks, functionality and atmosphere before something is built. Drawings, diagrams and animations teach us how a building works or will be perceived when we use it. Virtual Reality will take this a step further by communicating with the actual space itself. It is a valuable mix between a physical scale model and computer generated visuals that will give observers the freedom to focus on the elements and spatial aspects they find important. Giving us valuable user information about the clarity and perception of a design so we can make our architecture stronger, more human and understandable for everyone. Likewise as an architect we can communicate our spatial ideas (for example ceilings, balustrade or table heights) in a much easier way by showing the differences in Virtual Reality, avoiding  having to make hundreds of unnecessary images, drawings, diagrams and even mock-ups to explain the design proposals and to avoid getting disappointed on the dimensions when the building is finished.

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New name, logo and website

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I am happy to announce the official name, logo and website of my new VR tool: Archispace allows architects and urban designers to use Virtual Reality to design, simulate and communicate with 3D space. Visit the new website to sign up for the mailing list and be the first to know about the major developments or beta release.

The new name also comes with a new logo. This one was designed by Eliano Felicio visit his website to see more of his awesome work!

I added higher quality video’s on my Vimeo account (see button under this website) You can also follow me there if you like to stay informed about my new video’s.

Virtual Reality will change the way we design

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VR architecture simulation of Mecanoo's Tainan Public Library

Virtual Reality has been around for decades but recent developments of smartphones, game engines and head mounted displays (HMD) like Oculus and HTC Vive has made this technology main-stream and accessible for every tech enthusiast. For the coming years Architecture can play a key role in the development of VR since interaction with our digital creations are all about space and human experience.

Technologic interaction

Virtual and Augmented Reality will be a technological breakthrough that can have a similar impact as television did 60 years ago, not only it has the potential to change our entertainment, movies, sports and video games. It also allows us to virtually connect ourselves to participate in social activities via digital technology. Imagine being able to virtually walk, meet and interact with people and objects across the globe in any chosen space from the comfort of your own home.

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RTC Europe 2016

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Revit Technology Conference Porto

This October I attended the last Revit Technology Conference in Porto. For many years this event was all about Revit and its integration with other design tools like Dynamo, that currently revolutionizes our industries automation like BIM did ten years ago. Most of the RTC classes now showed a perfect integration of Dynamo and scripting for design, data management and automation. Showing it’s not only about the use of one software package but how we can best use each tool to accomplish better/faster results. The future of the Revit Technology Conference, BILT, will be all about this bigger picture and allows technology specialists from around the world, (so not only Revit, but also Dynamo, Archicad, Trimble, Tekla, Grashopper, etc.) to talk together about the use, integration and coordination between our teams and toolboxes.

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Construction update three centers Shenzhen

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Shenzhen Cultural Centres construction

Almost a year in construction our project in Shenzhen has reached the highest point and starts showing the interior spaces and impressive cast in place structure of the design. This post shows the current construction progress with some images of the Building Information Model we used to design and develop the construction documents for this iconic project.Read More