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Generative Design and Parametric Structures (Video)

This is a rather old one, but everything else but out-dated: we all talk a lot about parametric design in the design phase, but what comes after that? In this video Robert Otani and Jonatan Schumacher from Thornton Tomasetti go a step further and illustrate the use and the importance of parametric design during the construction process itself.

The video has been recorded during the NYC Revit Users Group Meeting in July 2011. 


Autodesk Home Use Lizenzen

Es wird mal wieder Zeit für einen Artikel auf Deutsch! 😉 In letzter Zeit fällt es mir immer wieder auf, dass bei uns in Deutschland die Home Use Lizenzen (bzw. offiziell Heimanwendungen) von Autodesk kaum bekannt sind – oder von vielen CAD Administratoren aus unterschiedlichen Gründen totgeschwiegen werden.

Die Home Use Lizenzen sind neben den zusätzlichen Tools, Updates und Support ein weiteres “Zuckerl”, das Autodesk seinen Subscription Kunden anbietet – für jede reguläre Lizenz kann ganz einfach und kostenfrei im Subscription Center eine Home Use Lizenz angefordert werden, die sich die Mitarbeiter auf ihren privaten Rechnern zuhause installieren können. Durch die Nutzung der Home Use Lizenz verpflichtet sich der Mitarbeiter lediglich, mit der Lizenz nur Projekte seines Arbeitgebers zu bearbeiten bzw. diese für Lernzwecke zu nutzen.

Link zur Liste geeigneter Produkte & FAQ (auf Englisch)

Die Lizenzen sind jeweils ein Jahr gültig und können danach bei bestehender Subscription einfach verlängert werden. Für die Installation kann das Trial-installationspaket benutzt werden:

SketchUp goes BIM

Trimble has launched the brand new SketchUp 2014 with some very useful features like the completely rebuilt 3D warehouse, time-saving tools and a general performance improvement. But what’s the best news of all is the new classifier, which lets us  tag the SketchUp-objects with categories like walls, slabs, roofs etc. – this is a huge improvement if you think about importing SketchUp models into any BIM-Software and re-using it.

The biggest argument against SketchUp used to be that though it is a great and simple tool, it is producing “dumb” models without any intelligence that can be re-used in the BIM-Workflow. The new classifier is truly a big step for SketchUp and a good sign that the acquisition by Trimble will lead this great tool more towards BIM!

You can find more Info and the Download-Link for the new version over at 

AUGI World February: Revit Topography

The newest edition of the AUGIWorld features a very interesting article by Marcello Sgambelluri with some pro tips & tricks for working with the topography tools in Revit 2014 (not only for first timers).


Hello 2014!

After 2,5 weeks relaxing with the family, eating (a lot!) and not launching Revit (or Windows) even once, I’m really looking forward to going back to work and to all the new adventures which 2014 is bringing us. 2013 was a very intense year for me, as it turned out to be a lot busier than expected. However, I made it through and now looking back (well-rested and motivated) I must say it’s been a really good year! I learned a lot concerning Revit MEP and MEP families (more than any architect would ever want to!) and it’s been really fun.
Also, I got the chance to attend the RTC EUR in Delft, which was truly inspiring and where I met many interesting people!
Towards the end of the year, I started getting more involved with Dynamo, which is really a great tool – I’ ve always been very fond of parametric design, Rhino & Co. The fact that now we have the possibility to use visual scripting methods directly in Revit / Vasari with Dynamo is simply great – and you can watch Dynamo develop with every new version at an incredible speed!
Originally, I planned to play around with Dynamo during the holidays, to blog about this and that, but I really needed a rest – so I resisted and just enjoyed the spare time with my friends & family, and yeah eventually i redesigned this blog in a moment of weakness! Blame it on my architectural background, we just need to redesign something every now and then! 🙂

Anyway, I’m not a big fan of New Year resolutions – I think if you want to do or change something, you can do it at every time of the year. But of course we all have goals and expectations for 2014. Mine are avoiding anger about things I can’t change anyway, getting deeper into Dynamo and making some crazy stuff with it and of course getting a chance to visit the RTC EUR again – pretty modest, or? 😉

Last but not least, these days I stumbled upon a really inspiring quote  in a magazine, which I want to share with you because it really hits the nail on the head: there’s no greater luck than having a job that you love and that makes you look forward to go back to after the holidays!

If you like it, you can download the Poster from the Business Punk Website.