Category Archives: Reviews

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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PhotoSurreal – Camera Emphasises Time over Space

Jay Mark Johnson—an architect and renaissance man— purchased a $85,000 rotating slit-scan camera for high-resolution panoramas. (The camera records vast landscapes sliver by sliver.) Finding the accidental effects of motion in front of the camera strangely poetic, he experimented with … 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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ESRI just got a whole lot more… 3D

Esri announced this week the availability of CityEngine Web Viewer in ArcGIS Online this week, allowing anyone with a WebGL-enabled browser to navigate and explore uploaded 3D cities and environments created in CityEngine 2012. It is, in a word, awesome. … Continue reading

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FoldSchool – Corrugated Kid-Craft

It’s August and everyone is (or wants to be) on vacation, including yours truly. So how about kicking it fold’school? Here’s a post that’s easy to read, and gives you a lot of ideas for fun-times with the kids this … Continue reading

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DIY for Reality Hackers – FOV2Go

by Fred Abler This blog curates an eclectic range of 3D topics. Very occasionally I find newsworthy items that touch on two topics. But never before have I found emerging research that covers them all at once… and that is … Continue reading

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‘One Piece At A Time’

by Fred Abler Finally, paper craft is getting some respect. Tomorrow July 15th, a ‘major’ work of art will open at the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield Connecticut. 3D Artist Jonathan Brand’s life-scale paper replica of a 69’ Ford Mustang will … Continue reading

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Brilliant Lighting Design – Delta V Series Pendants

by Fred Abler For functional beauty, it’s hard to beat lighting. The function is brilliantly clear, and the beauty.. well it’s hard to make something that glows ugly. Consequently there is a lot of good lighting, but truly brilliant lighting … Continue reading

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New Ascetics

by Fred Abler Something small is happening. A generation of young people have come down with ‘cabin fever’. The viral vector spreading this fever is a tumble-log called Cabin Porn. If you haven’t heard about it yet, well… you just … Continue reading

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