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Architects and the New iPadPro: Should You Buy One?

Max Mekhovnikov, The Walls Technology. Moscow, Russia. @thewallstechnology. Image via Morpholio Max Mekhovnikov, The Walls Technology. Moscow, Russia. @thewallstechnology. Image via Morpholio

Can tablets help architects better conceive and execute their designs? If you’re skeptical, you’re not alone. To a certain extent, architects are still unsure if meaningful work can be created on an iPad. As the novel of virtual reality wears off, it’s worth asking if portable augmented reality is the push forward that will combine the best of traditional and digital architectural technology. So beyond their utility as lightweight, untethered screens, what can tablets offer the professional architect?

The iPad is an endless clean slate that appeals to creatives’ desires to sketch or illustrate in a way befitting of our time. Until 2015, with the launch of the first Apple pencil, users of Apple’s products could employ a third-party stylus but the inaccuracy and discomfort of these tools proved hopeless as practical or useful architectural drawing implements. As a result, there was no industry-wide surge in the adoption or demand of iPads for architects.

Award-Winning Sketching App 'Concepts' Releases New Update Including Customized Brushes

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Being a 21st-century designer is not always a walk in the park, but it certainly has its perks. Fortunately, innovative product and software designers have created numerous programs that transform our ideas and visions into visual and tangible reality.

Concepts, the “next-generation design platform” is an iOS application, suitable for all design and engineering fields. Accommodating almost 80% of all design tasks, product designers, fashion designers, game designers, and industrial engineers can benefit from what the application has to offer. The TopHatch creation - which is trusted by leading designers at Disney, Apple, Nike, PlayStation, Unity, and several other leading corporations - was initiated as a simple prototype, and gradually built on feedback and innovative updates.

Solvallsparken by Karavan landskapsarkitekter

Karavan: Solvallsparken is a popular new park that clearly promotes physical activity and encourages children and young people to leave ipads and phones at home and meet in reality. The park has a strong identity and has become an important place for social interaction between children, adolescents, and adults. Solvallsparken is a new district park […]

Revisiting Landscape Architecture trends of 2017 and looking to 2018 and beyond

Early in 2017, I wrote a post looking at Landscape Architecture trends in 2017 and beyond, many people found this an inspiring piece that also became the inspiration for my presentation at World Design Summit in Montreal in late 2017. Now, in early 2018 it seems an apt time to review that post and look to what to possible trends in 2018 and through into the early 2020’s.

Revisiting Landscape Architecture trends in 2017 and beyond

Climate Adaptation, Alternative Transport Modes, BIM, Data Research and  Landscape Illustration became more in focus during 2017, with various news reports and growing need to look to how we use the data and information we have to provide solutions and increase the speed of implementation. What seemed to not grow as I anticipated was the push for Local solutions at grand scale, Rural and Remedies, Human Scale and Local Uniqueness, and Alternative Transport Modes. It seemed 2017, was more about people kept getting caught up in the daily outrage news cycle (Trump, Brexit, etc) and also the instantaneous gratification through the image of the finished project.  Think about how people used Instagram, Facebook in 2017 compared previous years of platforms with Twitter and Facebook with spring rising etc.). There seemed to be a lack of focus on providing solutions and more about revelling in the problems. Not there was no advancement of ideas and solutions it seems a year that many would like to leave to the past, so onward and upward to 2018.

2018 and beyond

The Role of Software for Birthing Architecture 3.0

Architecture is dominated by software, from pre-concept to construction administration. This is doubly so with sustainability – only with the advent of whole building simulation and building information modeling (BIM) could energy modeling, computational fluid dynamic,s and daylight analysis be rigorously forecasted. These predictive simulations provide the necessary data to determine everything from indoor comfort to energy cost savings to potential glare on computer screens Yet, it seems that architecture is falling short as new applications and devices are created everyday.

Frame App: December Edition Out Now

Frame ’s last app issue of 2014 is available for iPads – just in time for the holidays!

Ingenious Faceted Cork Case for iPad by Pomm

We’re sure that eco conscious people who always love to add a touch of green to their loved gadgets will be pleased to find out about this ingenious cork case that fits perfectly with the new iPad and iPad2. iCorkCase was envisioned by the Portuguese design studio Pomm, who wanted to create something unique and entirely new to revolutionize the standard accessories available for  iPads on the market today, and we think they manage to create a rather original  and eco-friendly iPad case with a very stylish look.

Retro Style Tech: 10 Modern Gadgets with a Nostalgic Look

[ By Steph in Technology & Vintage & Retro. ]

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If you’re nostalgic for Walkman-equipped jogs, need a desktop computer that fits into a midcentury modern design scheme or just want to gaze lovingly at cassette tapes and reminisce while you’re working, these gadgets will scratch that itch while still providing all the functions you expect from contemporary technology.

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Taiwan will fine parents who fail to restrict their kids’ screen time

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In response to a growing worldwide concerns facing electronics addictions among children, the Taiwanese government has now placed serious restrictions on of smartphones, tablets and computers in kids under 18, and has completely banned children under 2 years-old from using iPads and other electronic gadgets. The revised law called the “Child and Youth Welfare Protection Act” will fine parents up to $1,500 for violating the restrictions. Kids between 2 and 18 years of age will forced to limit electronic media usage to a “not unreasonable” amount of time, although the authorities have not specified how much time that amounts to, which is bound to spur some confusion among parents. How will Taiwan enforce this new legislation? Read on for the full scoop.