Inception 3D infographics competition ends today

A month ago we launched a competition for designing stunning 3D infographics for Inception. The competition was a continuum to FastCompany’s competition for Inception infographics that only got 2D responses. Given the complexity and many layers of the film, we thought this could only be described in 3D to capture the essence and all the layers for real. The winning design was made by Rick Slusher with the infographic below (Click on the picture to view it in full size): Inception... Read More

Graphisoft releases ArchiCAD Start Edition 2011

Graphisoft announced the release of ArchiCAD Star(t) Edition 2011 German and Austrian versions on January 18. The start edition is the latest release of Graphisoft’s entry-level BIM solution. The new ArchiCAD STAR(T) Edition 2011 is based on the Virtual Building technology of ArchiCAD 14, but with a feature set and pricce tailored to the needs of small architectural practices, home builders, and building contractors. ArchiCAD STAR(T) Edition 2011 contains all the tools... Read More

EcoDesigner Awarded by World Architecture News (WAN)

Graphisoft Eco Designer Graphisoft’s EcoDesigner energy modeler software has been Highly Commended by World Architecture News (WAN) at the annual WAN Product Awards 2010. The winners were announced on January 17 in collaboration with the BAU trade fair in Munich. The WAN Product of the Year Award is a unique, worldwide award scheme to showcase new and innovative products, materials and details available from the construction industry. This year the awards had a lot of product... Read More

Smustard offers shortcuts for SketchUp users

© GreyScale Google SketchUp users can now speed up their work and minimize unnecessary work by choosing the best plug-ins from Smustard. Smustard works in collaboration with Google and publishes scripts for Google SketchUp for free as well as for a fee that ranges between  a few USD and 80 USD. Smustard is dedicated to providing SketchUp users with the tools and plug-ins they need to increase productivity and facilitate workflow. Smustard plugins are ruby scripts... Read More


Isler House in New Zealand. Architect: Dave Chisholm EcoDesigner EcoDesigner is an add-on to ArchiCAD that enables the leveraging of data from a building information model for a topic of current interest: evaluation of the energy consumption and energy conservation of a building. This article first discusses the work process used with the program and then comments on a trial run. With EcoDesigner, architects are now able to assess the energy economy of a building in a feasible... Read More

Greener Buildings through Energy Analysis Tools

Design by Christophe Hébert Vijay Kanal and Kelly Flores from Kanal Consulting recently published an article on AECbytes. The article was about greener buildings and how they could be created with the help of energy analysis tools. The article describes some of the challenges related to choosing the right kind of program in terms of capability and complexity as well as the usage of these programs. Kanal and Flores also offer some tips for overcoming these issues based on their... Read More