Top 5 Apps for Architects 2017

Tablet and smartphones technology have come a long way and compatible applications for the day-to-day work of architects and designers keep growing.

Here we bring you 5 apps for tablets and smartphone that are useful for both architects and designers interested in taking their next project to another level.

iRhino 3D | (IOS)

Would you like to show your beautiful 3-D designs to your clients from anywhere, anytime? This app does just that. Pan, zoom, and rotate with a tap or drag of your finger.

Paper (IOS)

Paper is a simple, It is a beautiful sketching app that lets you treat your iPhone or IPAD just like your favorite notebook. (Free).  You can create sharp diagrams, draw on photos or quickly spotlight details, and take notes.

 MagicPlan (iOS/Android)

Magicplan is the floor plan tool for everyone. This app uses your camera to measure rooms, create floor plans, and suggest work estimates. With the free version, you can create super cool plans.

 AutoCAD 360 (iOS/Android)

Autodesk’s apps let you access your AutoCAD files on-the-go for easy drafting, sketching, and modeling on job sites. View, create, edit, add markups, and share AutoCAD drawings on mobile. Also, you can create new CAD drawings on the go. They a seven-day trial version.

 

 Autodesk FormIt 360 (iOS/Android)

With FormIt® architectural modeling software, architects can sketch, collaborate, analyze, and revise early-stage design concepts. Work smarter from the beginning with BIM-based conceptual design.

 

Do you have any favorite apps that help you do your job as an architect or designer?

 

A Pathway to WELL Certification | Design With Purpose

ASID’s new headquarters is the first space to receive both the WELL Platinum and LEED Platinum certifications. It’s a space that’s on the cutting edge of modern workspace design, but also a space that’s restorative to people with minimal negative impact to the environment.

Read the full story here: Source: A Pathway to WELL Certification | Interface BlogInterface Blog | Design With Purpose

One-Of-A-Kind Space | FreshDIRTT Project #FD061217TSa

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DIRTT Connext 2017 is the best yet. When your inspiration connects with technology, everything is built better.

The newly redesigned  DIRTT’s Chicago Green Learning Center is absolutely exquisite. If you happened to be in Chicago for NeoCon 2017, please make sure to visit their showroom.

 

SOLUTIONS

DIRTT Timber Frame, DIRTT Millwork, Leaf™ Folding Wall system, pivot doors, combination walls, glass walls, solid walls

FINISHES

Back painted glass, clear tempered glass, powder coat, Chromacoat

 

Read the full story. Source: FreshDIRTT Project #FD061217TSa

Knoll to Present a Range of Immersive Planning Solutions at NeoCon 2017

Knoll_NeoCon17Knoll Inc., a constellation of design-driven brands, will showcase a range of Immersive workplace planning solutions for commercial, healthcare, and educational space at NeoCon 2017 – the annual contract industry trade show that will take place in Chicago from June 12 – 14.

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Sit Stand Desktop Converter vs. Complete Standing Desk

The decision to switch from a tradition workstation to one that is height adjustable may be quite simple, but choosing between multiple sit to stand options will take a bit more time. While there a…

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This Thin Film Is A Real-Life Cloaking Device For Your Office

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We found this very interesting new product by Designtex called Casper Cloaking Technology. It is an architectural film for glass walls. The purpose of the film is to obscure digital screens to outside view, perfectly balancing openness and privacy in the workplace. Casper can be applied to any clear, smooth glass on new projects or existing glass. It is recommended for conference rooms, meeting rooms and team studios. It is engineered to work with most LED displays, 40 inches or larger.

 

Via Fast Company: This Thin Film Is A Real-Life Cloaking Device For Your Office

Charge!

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Jolt! A new power option charging from Kimball Office makes it so much easier to stay connected seamlessly. The Jolt includes a USB charger and a wireless power-charging surface that integrated technology vital to connection, collaboration, and productivity.

What We Like About Jolt!

USB Charger

  • Capable of charging a variety of devices including phones and tablets; IOS or Android
  • Blue light indicates USB connectors are powered
  • Charges up to 2 amps per port
  • Charges devices compatible with USB 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 (Type A)
  • Includes UL listed power adapter with 10′ cord

Wireless Charging

  • Charges up to three devices at the same time; IOS, Android or Windows
  • Charges devices with varying power requirements
  • Capable of charging metal encased phones
  • Includes UL listed power adapter with 6′ cord
  • Can be used on surfaces 1/2″ to 1 3/16″ thick
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TransferWise Transforms Office Design

TransferWise office boasts creative #interiordesign to attract & retain talented employees

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Technology | How It Is Changing Education

 

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As technology has transformed higher education, so has how we accommodate those changes. Technology makes learning mobile and makes students active participants in their education, engaging and collaborating with one another, in both small and large groups, in and out of the classroom. Their tools are at their fingertips. Now the classroom is portable. As a result high education is addressing these needs.                

 

Knoll Office facilitated the University of Portland Oregon’s project of modernizing its Clark Library. “We needed to create a fresh environment that would attract 19-23-year-olds to the library,” said Dan Danielson of Soderstrom Architects, of Portland.             

 

“Serving the digital natives of Generation Y on college campuses requires not only state-of-the-art technology, but also an environment that supports the highly collaborative way students work and learn today. At the University of Portland, administrators and library staff sought to create such a space to replace an existing mid-century library that no longer serviced today’s students,” cited Knoll’s case study.

 

Technology is at the forefront of the evolving needs of education, inspiring a mobile and dynamic learning environment that embraces creativity and collaboration. To bring Clark Library up to date, Knoll focused not only on technology, but also on creating collaborative spaces.

“We knew technology would be the heart of the library,” said Harrington. Moreover, improved connectivity was the driver planners assumed would build traffic.

 

Although the building’s technology infrastructure had been updated through the years, the furniture had not necessarily kept up, explained Erika Dehle, Interior Designer at Soderstrom Architects. A shortage of power outlets resulted in a dangerous and unsightly collection of endless cords across floors.”

 

They had cables, cords, tracks, Velcro,” Dehle said. Hampered by low ceilings that made burying cables in raised floors impossible, planners needed to find another solution. 

 

Equal to technology requirements was an acute need for spaces where students could learn collaboratively in a way that did not exist when the original library was built. “Collaboration was really central to what we wanted to do,” said Harrington.

 

From a cultural perspective, planners sought to enhance the facilities to encourage non-academic usage. “They wanted students to use it as a place where they would feel comfortable meeting, studying or whatever,” explained Gina Zaharie, Knoll Sales Representative. “While the physical piece was important, they really wanted that attraction piece to create a place to hang out.”

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“Clark Library went from an old traditional library with limited technical capability to a modern facility providing dynamic, interchangeable power, data, storage capacity and display capabilities,” summarized Corrado.

 

“My favorite part is going into the library and seeing it being used the way it is: a warm, inviting space,” said University Operations VP Ravelli. “It’s really night and day with our old space. The space has moved from a 1960s version of a library with mostly books and not much study space, full of dark wood and low energy to one that is high energy, vibrant with almost a “buzz” when you walk in there. Students no longer have to go to the library. They want to go because it’s the place to be. We’re pretty thrilled.”

 

 

 

Case Study information provided by Knoll.

 

 

Biophilic Design | Bringing Nature into The Office

 

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 “The relationships between nature, human biology and the design of the built environment.” 

 

Bill Browning’s 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design

Biophilia, not a new concept, has been gaining a lot of traction among proponents of sustainable design. The premise behind the biophilic design is to incorporate aspects of nature into products and built environments to enhance our health, well-being, and productivity.

 

What is Biophilia and Biophilic Design?

 

Biophilia suggests that there is a natural bond between human beings and other living systems. Biophilic Design takes that bond and aims to bring it into spaces where there is a separation between humans and nature. How can you bring that alliance into your office space? We all at some point have worked in a barren office space with no windows, filled with fluorescent light and no living plants in sight. In this article, we want to bring you some ideas that could help you in creating an office space that will help you connect with nature and enjoy your work experience

 

Let’s take a look at 3 ideas that you can implement:

 

 1. ADD A LIVING WALL

Sometimes bringing natural light through regular windows might not be possible but a skylight might help you bring the illusion of nature into your space. There is a company called Skyfactory that provides affordable ceiling and wall installations.

Choose soft furnishings, like the one shown above by Kimball Office, with patterns inspired by nature. Incorporate more diverse colours and textures and tone when selecting carpets, rugs, wallpaper and wall paint. Interface flooring is one company that is currently offering some terrific options to help you create a nature-inspired space.

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Living plants are always a great way to bring nature inside your office. Not only do they provide a natural element to the environment and enhance the aesthetic value of the office, interior plants can also provide sound absorption, have air filtering qualities, absorb toxins in the atmosphere and can improve humidity. One company you need to check out is DIRTT Walls. They provide beautiful living wall solutions.

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 2. BUILD A SKYVIEW

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 3. UPDATE YOUR FURNITURE AND INTERIOR MATERIAL ELEMENTS

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To read more about Biophilic design, we have compiled some good resources for you:

 

Terrapin Bright Green

Human Scapes

Interface Blog

 

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Photo by Interface 

Photo by Interface 

Photo by Kimbal Office

Photo by Kimbal Office