Monthly Archives: December 2010

Holiday trees in 3D

Can you imagine the holidays without a Christmas tree covered in tinsel and baubles? Google gets into the festive spirit by placing 3D holiday trees in more than a dozen places on Google Earth 6.

Check out the Rockefeller Center in New York City. The only thing that would help make this scene even more festive would be crowds of people and a light dusting of winter snow! And don’t you just love how the ornaments on the Christmas Tree in Moscow’s Red Square reflects the vibrant colors of Saint Basil’s Cathedral?

Source: SketchUp blog

What’s Geo-modeling?

The process of making 3D models of real-life buildings that will appear in Google Earth is called geo-modeling.

Google offers two of geo-modeling options:

Geo-modeling with Building Maker

Google Building Maker is an online application specifically for geo-modeling. If the buildings you want to model are located in an area where Building Maker imagery is available, you should choose this method. French cities currently available are Marseille and Lyon. (See all available locations)

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3D printing for architects

Initially, 3D printing was not created for architects. In fact, most 3D printer manufacturers probably didn’t even foresee their machines’ potential in architecture.

The printers were mainly designed for the aerospace and automotive industries, or other sectors requiring physical realization of elements in order to test their design.

Things have changed, and 3D CAD applications are now very much a part of the design process. 3D printing has become a strategic necessity for architects.

The question is no longer “should we go into this?” but rather “how are we going to integrate 3D printing into our business?”

Architects can use 3D printed models in the same way as hand-made ones. But they have the added benefit of being faster to design, less costly and more accurate.

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Design of the Week – Bandstand

A bandstand was originally a widely open garden pavilion or kiosk of oriental inspiration and used for entertainment (belvedere, music, parties, etc.). In the nineteenth century, the term came to designate a few types and styles of constructions specific to public space, always open and lightweight structures.

In the Mediterranean and Middle East, a kiosk is a small garden pavilion open on some or all sides. Kiosks were common in Persia, India and the Ottoman Empire from the 13th century onward. Today, there are many kiosks in and around the Topkapı Palace in Istanbul, and they are still a relatively common sight in Greece. Turkish kiosks are usually polygonal.

The word, of Persian origin, designates an object used to provide shade. Closer etymological examination reveals that the word köşk shares a common root with the Turkish word gölge, meaning shadow.

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