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This 3D Printer, Designed Specifically for Architects, Is Surprisingly Easy to Use

10:15 - 16 October, 2017

Have you ever spent hours calibrating the nozzle of a 3D printer or preparing a print-ready file – only to find that the model has failed because of a missed zero-thickness wall? With this in mind, the Platonics Arka 3D printer currently being developed in Helsinki, Finland—has one simple goal: to remove all unnecessary set-up and technical processes by means of intelligent automation and, as a result, almost entirely eliminate the wasted time that architects and designers spend calibrating printers, or working up print-ready files.

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Maryn Hekker Wins Best Overall in “Your World, Reimagined: A Global Design Competition”

00:00 - 26 December, 2013
Maryn Hekker Wins Best Overall in “Your World, Reimagined: A Global Design Competition”, Courtesy of Maryn Hekker
Courtesy of Maryn Hekker

Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. in collaboration with MAXON Computer, DOSCH DESIGN, Arroway Textures®, and AMD FireProTM professional graphics recently held the 2013  “Your World, Reimagined” global design competition, in which professional and student designers were asked to tackle an old, dilapidated or run-down locale and redesign it for a new, improved use. Entries ranged in focus from adaptive reuse to landscape reclamation and object redesign, and Maryn Hekker, a freelance interior architect from Amsterdam, won the Best Overall Submission award for her redesign of “The Pier of Scheveningen.”

Hekker began studying interior architecture and spatial design at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam in 2008, but temporarily left her studies to pursue traveling. In 2010, she worked as a junior designer at Horecawerf Amsterdam and continued her travels thereafter through Asia, New Zealand and Australia in 2011. Upon her return, she reenrolled at the Willem de Kooning Academy and received her bachelor of design degree in interior architecture and spatial design in 2013. Her final graduation project was also nominated for the Drempel and BNI prizes.

Where does Hekker find inspiration for her designs? “I get inspired by the world around me: shapes, buildings ... But I always use myself as a starting point: what do I want to see or feel here, what do I expect?” she says. “This helps to find out what others would require of a place.”

“Your World, Reimagined: A Global Design Competition” Now Accepting Entries

01:00 - 7 May, 2013
“Your World, Reimagined: A Global Design Competition” Now Accepting Entries

Entries are now being accepted for “Your World, Reimagined: A Global Design Competition.”

Presented by Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc., MAXON ComputerDOSCH DESIGNArroway Textures® and AMD FireProTM graphics, “Your World, Reimagined” asks professional and student designers to tackle an old, dilapidated, or run-down locale and redesign it for a new, improved use. Entries can range in focus from adaptive reuse to landscape reclamation or object redesign.

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges from around the world, including designer and sculptor Nicholas Dunand; digital artist Shinya Fujimura from 3D-KOBO architect François Lévy lighting and production designer Tyler Littman of Sholight, LLC architectural visualizer Alejandro Nogueira from DECC 3D Art; architect Peter Petz from digital animator Marc Potocnik from renderbaron architectural visualizer Erik Recke from Datenland assistant professor Katherine Bambrick Ambroziak from the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Tennessee Knoxville; and project architects Maxime Czvek, Thomas Rigby and Tom Boogaerts from BOGDAN & VAN BROECK ARCHITECTS.

In addition to an overall award for Best Overall Design Concept, winners will be selected in the following categories: Best Computer Rendering, Best Animation, Best 3D Modeling and Best 2D Plan. More information, including prizes by categories after the break.

The New Toni-Areal in Zürich West

09:30 - 13 December, 2012
Courtesy of EM2N
Courtesy of EM2N

The Toni-Areal is a crucial part of the plan to breathe new life into Zürich West. The building was formerly a milk processing facility, and the new design by architecture firm EM2N features spaces for cultural events, as well as the Zürich University of the Arts and two departments of the Zürich University of Applied Sciences.

The Toni-Areal is one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken in Zürich and will be the largest construction site in Switzerland during its realization phase. The total usable floor space is 108,500 m2, of which the colleges comprise 84,500 m2. The remaining 23,500 m2 are dedicated to housing, cultural events, restaurants, and small retail shops, as well as parking and technology. The construction price—including basic upgrades and tenant upgrades—amounts to about 350 million Swiss francs.

Sponsored by Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc.

The Silver Café / Arca Architects

09:30 - 3 December, 2012
© Tim Soar/Arca
© Tim Soar/Arca

Award-winning architectural firm Arca Architects is based in central Manchester, England, and headed by architect John Lee. Arca’s Silver Café on the Morecambe Bay in England transformed the face of a quiet seaside town with a space that is both visually appealing and tactilely exciting.

The Silver Café won the 2009 Small Scale Commercial Award from the Manchester Society of Architects (MSA), and it was a finalist for two coveted Young Architect of the Year Awards in 2000.

Sponsored by Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc.

Save Time and Experience Greater Collaboration with Vectorworks 2013 Software

09:30 - 16 November, 2012

As processes evolve, architects and designers need superior tools to transition their designs from vision to reality. Answering that call is the Vectorworks® 2013 product line from Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc. This multi-dimensional software suite helps users implement Building Information Modeling (BIM) techniques and workflows and gain an edge in drawing, 3D modeling, integrated rendering, and high-quality presentations.

Sponsored by Nemetschek Vectorworks, Inc.