State of the Art


Chris here with a brief roundup of some interesting projects that have been making waves in the industry recently. First up, the mysterious Flux (a BIM startup funded in part by Google) have come out of hiding and revealed a suite of tools for architectural collaboration. From the looks of it, these tools are designed to allow communication between Revit, Excel, Grasshopper and Dynamo, along with an online workspace for handling data and 3D modelling. Definitely worth signing up the beta and checking it out!

If you want some further information on how people are using Flux, Nathan Miller of the Proving Ground (previously of CASE) has partnered with them to produce a series of tutorials on how to get started with the toolset.

Both Flux and Google have  also involved in funding the recently revealed Quartz project, an open source library of building materials. This library aims to put up full profiles of common building materials, covering everything from molecular makeup to health and environmental impact. It’s really positive to see information like this freely available and hopefully it will serve as the benchmark for data sharing in the construction industry.

Speaking of open source data, the educational Dynamo Primer for Revit has gone open source, so you can expect regular updates to the website as more people get their heads around complex modelling techniques in the program. It’s a fantastic resource and if you or anyone you know wants to learn Dynamo (or any node-based 3D modelling tool), the primer is a fantastic place to start.

As a perfect example of the possibilities allowed by complex 3D modelling tools, theverymany, previously known for their beautiful and complex sculptures and installations, have produced their second permanent outdoor structure. It’s exciting to see the studio working with more permanent materials and challenging conditions, and I’m eager to see what they do next.

On the other end of the spectrum, a team of researchers from MIT have unveiled a towering stone aggregate sculpture held together entirely by string laid out by a CNC machine. I’d love to see this research pushed further, as carbon-free concrete seems like the natural end-point of this technology.

It’s an exciting time for architecture, and new projects seem to be coming online at an increasingly rapid pace. If you want to keep your finger on the pulse of the industry, follow us on twitter at @Productspec!


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