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Augmented Reality: The Latest Architecture and News

Morpholio Brings Iconic Furniture Designs to Life with Augmented Reality

06:00 - 23 July, 2019
Morpholio Brings Iconic Furniture Designs to Life with Augmented Reality, Courtesy of Morpholio, Theia Interactive and Knoll
Courtesy of Morpholio, Theia Interactive and Knoll

Morpholio has unveiled a suite of new iconic furniture designs brought to life through augmented reality with Morpholio Board. Joining forces with manufacturer Knoll and one of the world’s top AR visualization companies, Theia Interactive, the team is showcasing a range of work from designers like Eero Saarinen and Marcel Breuer to Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Barcelona chair.

Courtesy of Morpholio, Theia Interactive and Knoll Courtesy of Morpholio, Theia Interactive and Knoll Courtesy of Morpholio, Theia Interactive and Knoll Courtesy of Morpholio, Theia Interactive and Knoll + 14

Morpholio Unveils AR Sketchwalk, an Augmented Reality Tool to Immerse Users in Design

08:00 - 12 March, 2019
Morpholio Unveils AR Sketchwalk, an Augmented Reality Tool to Immerse Users in Design, Courtesy of Morpholio
Courtesy of Morpholio

Morpholio has unveiled AR Sketchwalk, a new augmented reality tool geared towards helping architects bridge the gap between model and reality. Released today, AR Sketchwalk allows designers to use augmented reality to dive into their sketches to give both their clients and themselves a truer sense of the space.

David Adjaye and Serpentine Galleries Release Call for Augmented Reality Installation

13:00 - 12 February, 2019
David Adjaye and Serpentine Galleries Release Call for Augmented Reality Installation, Augmented Reality. Image Courtesy of Matt Alderton
Augmented Reality. Image Courtesy of Matt Alderton

The Serpentine Galleries, Google Arts & Culture and trustee David Adjaye have released a call for augmented reality (AR) architecture proposals to run alongside the 2019 Serpentine Pavilion this summer. Applicants are asked to propose "imaginary city spaces and speculations on the built environment to be developed and experienced” in AR onsite at the galleries. The call invites applicants to consider AR as a digital layer that offers new opportunities to design, visualize and experience.

Exploring Your Project in Virtual Reality: 7 Tips from the Experts Who Make It

05:00 - 14 January, 2019
Exploring Your Project in Virtual Reality: 7 Tips from the Experts Who Make It, Courtesy of Enscape
Courtesy of Enscape

Virtual reality offers benefits that, just years ago, were hardly even imaginable. Projects can be walked through before being built; the interiors fully visualized before all the details are decided. It allows architects and clients the ability to work as true collaborators in the design of a project.

The World's First Pavilion-Scale Structure Built Using Augmented Reality

08:00 - 8 June, 2018

Fologram has recently built the world’s first pavilion-scale steel structure using the HoloLens, displaying the possibilities of integrating standard CAD workflow with augmented reality. By displaying the generative design model through holographic instructions rather than traditional 2D drawings, it explores the potential of revolutionizing the bridge between design and construction.

Courtesy of Fologram Courtesy of Fologram Courtesy of Fologram Courtesy of Fologram + 11

5 Tech Innovations to Help Manage Project Data and Create New Ways of Designing

09:30 - 20 March, 2018
5 Tech Innovations to Help Manage Project Data and Create New Ways of Designing

This article was originally published on Autodesk's Redshift publication under the title "5 Technology Innovations Can Help Your Architecture Practice Work Smarter."

Before airplanes, it took mail carriers on horseback months to transport letters across the country. Before washing machines, it took a full day of physical exercise to wash and dry a family’s laundry. And before cranes, it took decades—sometimes centuries—to build large structures such as castles and cathedrals.

The point being: Whatever you do, technology probably gives you a better way to do it.

5 Emerging Careers in Architecture Technology to Look Out for in 2018 and Beyond

09:30 - 4 January, 2018
5 Emerging Careers in Architecture Technology to Look Out for in 2018 and Beyond, Composite based on images by Pixabay users <a href='https://pixabay.com/en/building-reflection-window-glass-922529/'>LenaSevcikova</a> and <a href='https://pixabay.com/en/man-virtual-reality-samsung-gear-vr-1416140/'>HammerandTusk</a>
Composite based on images by Pixabay users LenaSevcikova and HammerandTusk

Even with tech like virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printing, computational design and robotics already reshaping architecture practice, the design community is just scratching the surface of the potential of new technologies. Designers who recognize this and invest in building skills and expertise to maximize the use of these tools in the future will inherently become better architects, and position themselves for entirely new career paths as our profession evolves. It is a uniquely exciting moment for architecture to advance through innovative use of technology. Even just a decade ago, designers with interests in both architecture and technology were essentially required to pursue one or the other. Now, with architecture beginning to harness the power of cutting-edge technologies, these fields are no longer mutually exclusive. Rather than choose a preferred path, today’s architects are encouraged to embrace technology to become sought-out talent.

With much written about how technology is changing the way architects work and the products we can deliver to clients during a project’s lifecycle, there has been less focus on how technology is changing career opportunities in the profession. Architecture companies are now hiring roles that didn’t exist even three years ago. Here’s a look at five emerging career paths design technology will make possible in 2018 and the immediate future.

Morpholio's New AR Feature Makes Perspective Sketching Easier—And More Accurate—Than Ever Before

14:30 - 19 September, 2017
Morpholio's New AR Feature Makes Perspective Sketching Easier—And More Accurate—Than Ever Before, © Morpholio
© Morpholio

With the launch today of Apple's iOS 11—and with it, the release of the company's powerful system for augmented reality apps, ARKit—Morpholio has released a new update to their popular Trace app that allows users to sketch over photographs with perfect accuracy. While it has always been an option to sketch over photographs in Trace, the new "Perspective Finder" tool superimposes a scaled grid over the photograph that helps designers follow the perspective of the image and measure their drawings accurately.

© Morpholio © Morpholio © Morpholio © Morpholio + 27

A New Generation of Tools: The 3D Visualization Multiplex

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A New Generation of Tools: The 3D Visualization Multiplex

A 3D visualization multiplex is a system to instantly visualize 3D models on multiple devices: desktop computers, smartphones, tablets, augmented reality gear, and virtual reality glasses.

It's an everyday tool to streamline conversations between architects, engineers, contractors, their clients, and the rest of the world.

With the formidable combination of CAD software programs - e.g. SketchUp or Revit - and a multiplex, 3D storytelling has never been simpler.

It works on both high-end immersive headsets and on smartphones with - or without - very capable $10+ glasses. Using augmented reality, a model can be directly integrated into the real world.

Zaha Hadid Architects' Light Projection Show Transforms 18th Century Baroque Palace in Germany

16:00 - 18 September, 2017

An 18th century baroque palace in Karlsruhe, Germany has become the canvas for a dazzling light mapping projection in the latest project by Zaha Hadid Architects.

Named “Behaviour Morphe,” the projection display was created in collaboration with composer Max Cooper and leading digital artists Andy Lomas and Mubbasir Kapadia for the city’s 2017 Schlosslichtspiele Festival, exploring how digital spatial concepts could shape the living spaces of the future.

The Real Star of The Apple Keynote? ARKit Augmented Reality Technology

13:30 - 12 September, 2017
The Real Star of The Apple Keynote? ARKit Augmented Reality Technology, © <a href=’https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5f/Augmented-reality.jpg’> by OyundariZorigtbaatar </a> licensed under <a href=’https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en’>CC BY-SA 4.0</a>
© by OyundariZorigtbaatar licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Apple’s fall 2017 Keynote, which at the time of publication is already underway, is the first ever event held at the new Steve Jobs Theater right at the center of the Apple Headquarters in Cupertino. Every year at its fall keynotes, the company makes it major product announcements—last year, they announced the iPhone 7, Apple Watch series 2, and Airpods. This year, most of the hype surrounded the expected announcement of the iPhone 8 (and iPhone X!).

However, we have also been eagerly awaiting the announcement of updates to iOS 11 and its release to the public. First introduced on June 5, 2017 at the Worldwide Developers Conference, the discussion of the new Apple operating system will feature user updates but also developer updates—and it's here where we find the true star of the show: ARKit, the back-end tools which developers can use to create next-generation augmented reality (AR) apps for users of iOS 11 devices.

The Top 5 Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Apps for Architects

09:30 - 27 August, 2017
The Top 5 Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Apps for Architects, The app Pair allows architects to drag-and-drop 3-D models of consumer furnishings into their designs using iPhones or iPads. © Pair
The app Pair allows architects to drag-and-drop 3-D models of consumer furnishings into their designs using iPhones or iPads. © Pair

This article was originally published by Archipreneur.

Virtual reality and augmented reality tools for the AEC industry are getting increasingly better and more optimized. As prices keep dropping, there are fewer reasons why every architect, engineer, contractor, and owner shouldn’t use some form of VR/AR in bringing their projects to life.

From being a novelty a few years ago, VR/AR solutions are slowly becoming a medium that’s transforming the way professionals in the AEC industry communicate, create and experience content. Offering a more immersive experience of architectural designs, but also products and areas related to space building, VR and AR tools are becoming an industry standard that offers rapid iterations and opportunity to refine designs in collaboration with clients and colleagues.

Zaha Hadid Architects to Project Augmented Reality Light Show onto Karlsruhe Castle at 2017 Schlosslichtspiele Festival

16:00 - 27 July, 2017

Zaha Hadid Architects, collaborating with digital artists and computer science researchers Andy Lomas and Mubbasir Kapadia, have been selected to create a projection mapping light show at the 2017 Schlosslichtspiele Festival in Karlsruhe, Germany. Titled ‘Behaviour Morphe,’ the dynamic light display will be projected onto the city’s 18th century baroque palace, simulating how users move throughout and interact with the building’s interior spaces.

Call for Entries: Vimania Architecture Competition

19:30 - 26 June, 2017
Call for Entries: Vimania Architecture Competition, competition poster
competition poster

Augmented reality provides us with new research field of architecture. Now you do not need architectural models. We can see the building as it is with all the details as a virtual model. These properties of augmented reality give us new opportunities. For example, we can compare the buildings from different regions of the world, from different eras in the same scale. We can make collections of buildings, unimaginable compositions.

"X-Ray Vision" Headset Allows Architects to See Under the Surface of Construction Sites

09:30 - 15 June, 2017
"X-Ray Vision" Headset Allows Architects to See Under the Surface of Construction Sites, Courtesy of DAQRI
Courtesy of DAQRI

This article was originally published on Autodesk's Redshift publication as "Augmented Reality in Construction Lets You See Through Walls."

Imagine you’re part of a crew constructing a new office building: Midway through the process, you’re on-site, inspecting the installation of HVAC systems. You put on a funny-looking construction helmet and step out of the service elevator. As you look up, there’s a drop ceiling being installed, but you want to know what’s going on behind it.

Through the visor on your helmet, you pull up the Building Information Model (BIM), which is instantly projected across your field of vision. There are heating ducts, water pipes, and electrical boxes, moving and shifting with your point of view as you walk along the corridors. Peel back layers of the model to see the building’s steel structure, insulation, and material finishes. It’s like having comic book-style X-ray vision—and soon, it could be a reality on a construction site near you.

Updated Displays and Graphics Processors Improve iMacs’ Capabilities for Architectural Software

15:10 - 5 June, 2017
Updated Displays and Graphics Processors Improve iMacs’ Capabilities for Architectural Software, via Apple Special Event Streaming. June 5, 2017
via Apple Special Event Streaming. June 5, 2017

At Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) today, the US-based tech giant announced the latest slate of performance updates to their software and hardware products. Targeting software developers and other high-end users, the event was highlighted by the announcement of significant upgrades to their computer’s graphics and processing capabilities—or in architect’s terms—the components required to work on projects like creating content within a VR experience or real-time 3D rendering.

via Apple Special Event Streaming. June 5, 2017 via Apple Special Event Streaming. June 5, 2017 via Apple Special Event Streaming. June 5, 2017 via Apple Special Event Streaming. June 5, 2017 + 11

Draw Perfectly At Any Scale With This Augmented Reality App

16:00 - 24 May, 2017

The ability to draw well is one of the most coveted skills in architecture. Unfortunately for those without an innate gift for sketching, it's also one of the most difficult to learn—even if it can, contrary to popular opinion, be learned with commitment and practice. But for those poor souls without such talents, there is now a fix: an app called SketchAR.

Available for iPhone and Android devices that incorporate Google's Tango technology, SketchAR can take photographs or other images, convert them into sketchable line drawings, and then use augmented reality to overlay them onto real-world surfaces.