Tag Archives: Fred Abler

Trend Texture™ – The Ingenious Integrity of Carbonized Cedar

by Fred Abler As we mature, we have little choice but to start appreciating imperfection. And in so doing, we begin to understand wabi-sabi – the Japanese aesthetic described as.. “one of beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. The … Continue reading

Posted in 3D Tech, Architecture, Interior Design, SketchUp, Theory & Concepts, Trend Textures, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

Posted in 3D Tech, Architecture, BIM, History, Revit, SketchUp, Theory & Concepts, Uncategorized, Virtual Design and Construction | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

​Leap Motion – Mocap for 3D Modelers

by Fred Abler The interwebs are abuzz about a new motion sensor from Leap Motion. This USB sensor is smaller than an ALTOIDS tin, plugs into your computer, and delivers the best motion capture (mocap) the world has ever seen. … Continue reading

Posted in 3D Tech, SketchUp, Theory & Concepts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

How2™ apply Trend Textures™ in SketchUp

Cerused Oak is making quite a comeback… from way back. In the 1500’s Venetian ceruse (white lead) was used widely as a cosmetic. The skin-whitener gave wearers that deadly-pale look of upward Nobility. Queen Elizabeth the 1st of England was … Continue reading

Posted in 3D Tech, Interior Design, Rendering, Services, SketchUp | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

DiWIRE – 3D Wireforms..from your SketchUp files

by Fred Abler I’ve always loved Alexander Calder. He was shabby, irascible, and brilliant in almost any media. The prolific American artist expressed himself effortlessly in sheet metal, wire, plywood, string, free-carving, and paint. And quite often, a combination of … Continue reading

Posted in 3D Tech, Artists, Maker Movement, Services, SketchUp, Tools | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

Posted in Architecture, Reviews, SketchUp, Theory & Concepts, Tools | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

Posted in For Fun, History, Services, SketchUp, Tools | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

Posted in Artists, GeoDesign, History, Theory & Concepts, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Electric BrowserMobiles

by Fred Abler The progressive state of Nevada just issued Google’s driverless vehicles its first “drivers” licence. That’s right, a machine got a learner’s permit. Google’s autonomous cars can now drive themselves on any Nevada  roadway – as long as … Continue reading

Posted in Augmented Reality, For Fun, Services, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment