Category Archives: History

How has 3D model, visual reprentation and virtual reality developed over the years?

Digital vs. Analog Design – Støckel quests the limits of Representation

It’s difficult to teach young architects how to make objects (and surrounding spaces) relate to one-another in an intentional way. Intentionality requires the mastery of abstract concepts like order, harmony, contrast, proportion, scale and repetition.. not to mention enviable craft … Continue reading

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The 3D ‘Content Problem’

by Fred Abler A problem with most CAD software companies is they are not abundant thinkers. They operate in a paradigm of scarcity. The market is a zero-sum game. There are ‘winners and losers’, and so content creators and other … Continue reading

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Mysteries of Flexable Hexagons

First discovered in 1939 by a daydreaming student named Arthur H. Stone, flexagons have attracted the curiosity of great scientists for decades, including Stone’s famous friend and colleague Richard Feynman. Fig 1- Flexagons are origami-like puzzles that are simple to … Continue reading

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BIM Bots – Virtual 3D Robots

by Fred Abler In the early oughts’ (2000) while working in a CAD research lab at CAL POLY, SLO, I became intensely interested in 3D ‘object-agents’. Today CAD/BIM users might call them “smart objects”, but there’s really a lot more … Continue reading

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Archi’ Tech – Scaling Mars w/ Curiosity

Curiosity’s journey to Mars spanned eight months and 352 million miles (566 million kilometers). And after flawlessly executing an elaborate and untested landing routine,  the rover gently touched down on the surface of the red planet. The landing routine was … Continue reading

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Museums Turn to 3D – FormFonts offers to Help Smithsonian

Like everything else, Museums are being disrupted by the Interwebs. The idea of getting into a car on a Saturday morning and driving 30 miles (or more) to walk around inside a very large quiet building.. just to look at … Continue reading

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Pipe Dreams – BIM is (still) the broadband killer-app

By Fred Abler Nearly ten years ago I attended my first Internet2 conference. I was presenting my research project the Objective Networks Collaboratory. It was a free 3D model server for sharing SketchUp components funded by @Last Software and Cal … Continue reading

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WiKEA™ = WikiHouse + IKEA

By Fred Abler One of the first things architecture students learn is that less than 3% of the built environment is designed by an architect. This vanishingly small fraction is meant to inflame young architects and fill them with purpose … Continue reading

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No Away – Recycling Landfills in Rio

by Fred Abler As a child I spent many happy hours lost inside the large photographs of LIFE magazine  and The National Geographic. Their saturated images helped me see the larger world, and understand our fragile relationship to it. An … Continue reading

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