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Autodesk’s Free 123D Catch App Makes Your iPhone a 3D Scanner

In three years 3D scanners have gone from $30,000 to $3,000 to—$0.00?! AutoDesk’s free 123D Catch app is now available for the iPhone and iPad. Users can take up to 40 pictures, upload them to the cloud, and receive a digital 3D model. Simply, 123D Catch is a free handheld 3D scanner as mobile as you are […]

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Architecture & Urban Planning in China: dominating skyscraper construction in 2012

Nine of the 20 tallest buildings under construction in the world are located in China, according to the latest research by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat […]

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China Information Technology Trend Watching

Information Technology in China: Smart City plans for Shanghai

Can you imagine such a “smart city” life? It can become a possibility in Shanghai as early as 2015. Presently, the system to build a smart city is having a trial operation in suburban Minhang District and gradually it will cover the whole city, Shanghai city officials revealed recently […]

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Design Readings

Watch John Hodgman’s “Design, explained” talk at TED

John Hodgman, comedian and resident expert, “explains” the design of three iconic modern objects. (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.) […]

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Design Software

Autodesk featured on “100 Best Companies to Work For 2012” list in the U.S.

Autodesk has been recently ranked #52 in Fortune’s Magazine 2012 list of “100 Best Companies to Work For” in the U.S. […]

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Design Innovation

Watch “The Printable House” video by 1:1 Arkitektur

Danish architects from 1:1 Arkitektur — in collaboration with Facit Homes — are constructing an entire house in just four weeks with only their computer (it looks like that they are using Autodesk® Revit®) and a CNC machine. Constructed entirely out of wood, the printed house demonstrates a sustainable, quick and affordable alternative to conventional building that […]

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Design Innovation

Architecture & Design in Brazil: list of the world’s most innovative projects highlights houses in Brazil

Residential projects have become much more than places to live. Angles that seem impossible, unusual materials and shapes are some of the impressive aspects found in the experimental buildings that illustrate the volume two of the book 100 contemporary Architects, launched by the German publisher Taschen […]

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Design Innovation Software

Autodesk’s “Imagine, Design, Create” for iPad just released on the iTunes App Store

The digital version of Autodesk’s Imagine, Design, Create book is now available on the Apple App store. The printed version of the book, released earlier this year, offers compelling stories and rich visuals to show how the worlds of design and technology intersect […]

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Design Innovation

Watch Graham Hill’s “Less stuff, more happiness” talk at TED

Writer and designer Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life […]

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Gary Flake demos Pivot and asks “is it a turning point for web exploration?” talk at TED

Gary Flake demos Pivot, a new way to browse and arrange massive amounts of images and data online. Built on breakthrough Seadragon technology, it enables spectacular zooms in and out of web databases, and the discovery of patterns and links invisible in standard web browsing […]