AutoCAD and New Macbook Pro’s Retina Display

Apple's latest Macbook Pro boasts an incredibly high resolution Retina Display

“If I were a drafter, I’d drop everything and buy it.”

So said Rob Maguire, the product manager for Autodesk’s AutoCAD, describing the new 3D-rendering drafting applications that will run on Apple’s latest MacBook Pro.

The new MacBook’s distinguishing feature is its souped-up Retina display  - which boasts 4 times as many pixels as its predecessor, 75% less reflection, and 29% higher contrast.

The implications for architects will be practically life-changing. But there is a catch…

Get the scoop on the new AutoCAD App for Macbook, after the break.

Skelleftea Kraft Office Building / General Architecture

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Architects: General Architecture
Location: Kanalgatan71, Skellefteå,
Completion: 2009
Floor area/size: 9,500 sqm
Photographs: Mikael Olsson, Lindman Photography

The Johns Hopkins Hospital / Perkins+Will

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The new facility designed by Perkins+Will for the John Hopkins Hospital in , Maryland approaches the design as a total experience of healing that includes architecture and urban design.  The project proposes to redefine the hospital experience with The Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center and the Sheikh Zayed Tower, whose goal is to emphasize transformative patient-centric care.

More after the break.

Perkins+Will and Pringle Brandon Merge

VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre by Perkins+Will. © Perkins+Will.

Big news: two architectural heavyweights have joined forces.

Pringle Brandon and Drew (their more commercial branch) have merged with top-ranking international design firm Perkins+Will. Their joint and Dubai Offices will know be known as (take a deep breath): Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will.

Pringle Brandon (PB) stands to expand its international presence with the merger; Perkins+Will will be able to tap into PB’s strengths in interior design, workplace consultancy, & sustainable practice – as well as their presence in Europe and the UAE, where it has experienced two consecutive years of double-digit growth.

Story via Architects Choice and Pringle Brandon‘s Press Release.

Hus-1 / Torsten Ottesjö

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Hus 1 is an inspiring new house designed and built by Torsten Ottesjö. With double curved surfaces, compact and efficient planning it is a house on the human scale that blends effortlessly into the surrounding nature.

Situated in the unique cultural landscape of the Scandinavian West Coast, Hus 1 reflects and communicates with its surroundings. The natural materials used in the construction have made it a friendly place for both humans and nature for its whole life cycle.

Photographs by David Relan.

AD Classics: Melnikov House / Konstantin Melnikov

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The Melnikov House by architect Konstantin Melnikov is a classic residence that represents the forefront of the 1920’s Russian avant-garde. Located on Krivoarbatsky Lane in the then trendy district of Arbat, on an open lot, its aesthetics differ dramatically from traditional Soviet residential architecture. More details after the break.

The 9 Best Countries For Architects To Find Work

Upper left: Oslo by Flickr User CC Peter Guthrie. Bottom left: "Hanoi Traffic" by Flickr User pheochromocytoma. Right: "Revolution Tower, Panamá City, Panamá" by Flickr User CC Chodaboy.

Where in the world, as a young architect, would be the best country to find a job in an architecture firm?

Last week, we decided to pose this question and crowd-source our readers’ intelligence for the answer. We received almost 200 comments from ArchDaily readers and Facebook fans all over the globe about the current employment opportunities, design culture, and wages in their respective countries. With many economies experiencing crippling Recession, and recent Architecture graduates suffering most, you’ve helped us generate a vital conversation.

Find out the 9 countries that made the cut after the break. Some may just surprise you…

The Indicator: Xhina

Tim Franco via The Times

China’s economy is slowing down. It’s projected growth rate is set to dip down to as low as a modest 6% versus the jaw-dropping double-digit rates of the past decade or more. In March, the government set its growth target for 2012 at 7.5%. It must be remembered that this is no accident. It is a calculated move. In the most recent five-year plan this general cooling-down is part of China’s strategy to avoid the sort of economic meltdown that hit the U.S. in 2008. They read the tea leaves and decided to take measures, as they can in a centrally-controlled economy, to ensure steady, modest growth rather than bubble-producing frenetic growth. Political stability is a huge factor in this. The communist party maintains its mandate as long as the engines of the economy continue to hum relatively smoothly.

Why the slow down? According to a recent special report in The Economist, nearly 48% of China’s GDP in 2011 was dominated by internal investment in infrastructure and city building. This should come as no surprise to foreign architects who have been riding this wave for the last twenty years or so. The scary part of this number is that most of this investment is being done by state owned enterprises (SOES) operating under artificially favorable conditions. On top of this, according to the ratings agency, Fitch, lending has jumped from 122% of GDP in 2008 to 171% in 2011. This “surge in credit” is strikingly familiar because it looks like the beginnings of America’s financial crisis. As The Economist notes, “When Fitch plugged China’s figures into its disaster warning system (the “macroprudential risk indicator”), the model suggested a 60% chance of a banking crisis by the middle of next year.”

The Timmelsjoch Experience / Werner Tscholl Architects

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Architects: Werner Tscholl Architects
Location: , Italy
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Alexa Rainer,  Jürgen Eheim

Azaya / Pb Elemental Architecture

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Architects: Pb Elemental Architecture
Location: ,
Photographs: Miguel Edwards

‘Sur Mesure’ Sticker Installation / FREAKS freearchitects

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The ‘Sur Mesure’ Sticker Installation, designed by FREAKS freearchitects, was placed onto the facade of Oscar Niemeyer’s Building for French Communist Party Headquarters in this past December. Known forNiemeyer’s simple construction without ornament, the installation creates a simple, yet interesting addition to the building for people around the city. Completed in the early 1980′s, the intention of letting it “breathe” to the city and not break the site generates an open space district with its undulating forms. This then mirrors the continuity of the urban fabric of the neighborhood and frames the plaza. The video shows the process of installing the immense sticker onto the facade. More images of the installation can be viewed after the break.

Richard Meier Retrospective Exhibition in Mexico City

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Richard Meier & Partners recently announced the first retrospective exhibition in City presented at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil on display now until August 26. Exhibiting some of the most emblematic works of renowned architect Richard Meier make it possible to view his design philosophy as a whole and in depth. The retrospective includes a selection of models, original sketches, renderings and photographs. Some of the iconic projects exhibited on the show include the Smith House, The Getty Center, The Neugebauer Residence and the Jubilee Church. More information on the exhibition after the break.

Lolita / Trije Arhitekti + Jagoda Jejcic

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Architects: Trije Arhitekti - Andrej Mercina, Špela Rogel, Goran Raspor, with Jagoda Jejčič
Location: Ljubljana,
Year: 2011
Client: Kaval Group, BID do.o.
Area: 160 sqm
Photographs: Jagoda Jejčič, Miran Kambič

   

House in Senri / Shogo Iwata

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Architects: Shogo Iwata
Location: Suita, ,
Project Area: 83.7 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Nagaishi Hidehiko, Shogo Iwata

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‘CoExistence’ Badel Block Proposal / PlaC

The proposal by PlaC (Plateaux Collaborative)… for the Badel Block complex implements an alternative model of urban regeneration. In being sensible to local conditions and open to extra-territorial economic dynamics, equality and the balancing effect become the key-qualities of what

Los Españoles Hotel / Gonzalo Mardones Viviani

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Architects: Gonzalo Mardones Viviani
Location: Av. Santa María 2828, Providencia, Santiago de Chile
Project Area: 2516,44 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Nico Saieh

SC PTV House / Luis Aldrete Architects

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Architects: Luis Aldrete Architects
Location: Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico
Project Area: 714 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Paco Pérez Arriaga

Video: New York Sleeps


Depicting iconic architecture such as the Guggenheim and the Brooklyn Bridge, this series of contemplative black and white photographs by Munich-born photographer Christopher Thomas reveals a disturbingly tranquil City.