Virtual Reality will change the way we design

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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.

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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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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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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

Sloped surface patterns in Revit

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Working with hardscapes or sloped floors it sometimes happens that a model pattern will deform or behave strange in Revit. This is often the result of a curved face. Normal manipulation of model patterns (move, align and rotatable) will only apply for straight planes so to fix this unwanted deformation we need to manipulate surface by height points or sketch of the floor.

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BIM in Taiwan

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Recent years many organisations and governments started to actively promote or even prescribe the use of Building Information Modeling for new projects. Now also the Taiwan has started informing the local building industry by sharing knowledge and goals during an annual BIM symposium. Being the only western participant of this symposion and working with the Taiwan industry for 2 years I managed to get a good glimpse of the current level of BIM in Taiwan.

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Enscape for Revit

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Video game engines have a long history to following our latest graphic and display technologies. Their popularity made hardware more powerful and affordable every year, and we have now reached a point where real-time graphic processing engines for games can become a powerful new tool for architectural studies.

The folks at Inreal technologies understood this and developed a Revit plugin called Enscape3d, that directly uses the Revit project database to map and render a real-time walk-able export in minutes. This gives architects new tools to visually test the effects of the modeled spaces with realistic textures and light, thus allowing them to make improvements in the design before documenting it for construction.

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Tainan Public Libary competition

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Tainan Public Libary

I’m happy to annonce that our team won the design competition for Tainan’s new Public Library in Taiwan. For this project we used a Building Information Modeling proces to let our team collaborate together towards an more integrated architecture, landscape and interior design. The design was built digital in Revit using design script and custom families.

Read more about this project in my portfolio