Hawkins Brown office

Survey flags increasing specification difficulties

10 May 2017

Research shows 94% of professionals struggle with producing or using building specifications

The LASIMM project

Fosters: ‘Entire buildings will be 3D-printed in the future’

5 April 2017

Practice unpacks work on cutting-edge fabrication and predicts liberation from “standardised components” for architects

Will Compass lead the way to work?

Will Compass lead the way to work?

5 November 2013

Can a website from Holland change the face of procurement in the UK?

Chris Prosser and Ian Flood's Skyline chess project

Kickstarting a revolution in architecture funding

3 September 2013

Could crowdfunding websites be a way forward for smaller architectural projects?

Simon Allford

Me and My IT: Simon Allford

2 September 2013

AHMM director on embracing new technology with perspective

The WikiHouse

Like it or not, you're a digital revolutionary

31 July 2013

Architects are now at the heart of the UK’s digital economy

Carmody Groarke website

The top 10 rules for designing an architect's website

5 June 2013

Architects’ websites are often badly organised and weighed down by gimmicks. Don’t make yours a sorry site.

The ProtoHouse by Softkill Design

A step closer to the printed house?

30 January 2013

Architects are experimenting with 3D printing but the technology may have met its match

architecture office

Architects warned over software infringements

11 January 2013

New Year message comes after London practice hit with £3k bill

The Co-operative Group's 16-storey headquarters in Manchester

A repository of knowledge

5 November 2012

A new website offers a wealth of information about steel design and application

EU Balloon

Ojeu tenders website gets a makeover

28 May 2012

It’s now easier for architects to get free access to business opportunities in the EU

The Reactive Acoustic Environments Cluster’s transformable canopy responds to gestures.

SmartGeometry workshop helps architects generate solid design ideas

4 April 2012

The 2012 workshop suggests clay and computers could be the future


Shine a searchlight on your site

1 February 2012

Now you’ve built your website, the next step is to optimise it for users and search engines

Animator Drew Berry

Building the buzz about Autodesk

6 January 2012

Ted-style talks gave Autodesk University a new excitement

Virtual reality: Hammerson’s London Wall app features a visualisation tool that lets you point your iPad at the site to see the building in situ.

Marketing your practice? There’s an app for that...

31 August 2011

With the launch of Make’s first app in May, the architectural brochure finally entered the digital age. Anna Winston looks at the possibilities

Social club

Why your practice needs to join the online social club

12 August 2011

Here are 10 steps to developing a social media strategy

Paul Morell

Adopt bim or be 'Betamaxed out' says Morrell

18 May 2011

Architects who fail to adopt bim risk being “Betamaxed out”, the government’s chief construction adviser Paul Morrell has warned.

At the smart geometry conference

Conference points to design’s virtual future

9 May 2011

Smart Geometry, a globally distributed, loose-knit group of architects, engineers and academics dedicated to the exploitation of computational tools in architectural design, emerged once again from the virtual ether for its roving annual conference.

Union Square’s Workspace can be used on a phone.

Getting it together

4 March 2011

There are many ways to manage collaboration, depending on your team

Phil Bernstein

Learning from Las Vegas: Autodesk University

21 January 2011

Autodesk’s senior architect Phil Bernstein on bim, Paul Morrel and Cesar Pelli at the software company’s annual event in Las Vegas.

The iPad.

Apple online readers’ offer

19 November 2010

Autocad is back on the Mac and is now for the first time available on the iPad. To celebrate, the Apple Online Store is giving BD readers an exclusive offer

Scanning the bigger picture Video

17 August 2010

Capable of creating highly accurate 3D environments and costing around £70,000, the Faro Photon 120 is the Bartlett’s latest research toy.

The 55/02 shelter at Kielder Water, Northumbria, by Bartlett-based practice Sixteen Makers as captured by the Faro Photon 120.

Scanner offers a better understanding of space

13 August 2010

The Bartlett has a 3D scanner on loan that has useful architectural applications

The Fibrasa Connection by Königsberger Vannucchi Architects

World’s largest virtual computer-generated skyscraper in Brazil Video

27 July 2010

Brazilian practice Königsberger Vannucchi Architects has entered the record books with the world’s biggest augmented reality marker for its latest skyscraper.

Soothsayers: Usman Haque, Rachel Armstrong and Juliet Davis.

Something in the air at RIBA Futures debate

16 July 2010

Technology experts discussed how wireless data flow will change how we use buildings at a event hosted by RIBA Futures to kick off its latest research project.

The IaaC’s warehouse was filled with designs created at the Smart Geometry workshops.

Working Prototypes: 2010 Smart Geometry conference in Barcelona

16 April 2010

This year’s Smart Geometry conference focused on combining parametric software with rapid prototyping

Architects will be able to design out noise conflicts.

Sound mapping research promises to change how architects design for acoustics

16 April 2010

New software plans to turn sound mapping into an everyday tool for architects

A limestone-like substance produced by protocells could save Venice from sinking.

Science meets architecture at computing conference

19 March 2010

The Architecture and Unconventional Computing Conference, organised by Neil Spiller, gave architects and scientists insight into the future of buildings

Price & Myers Geometrics has been working on artist Wolfgang Buttress’s Rise sculpture, which opens in Belfast this year.

Keeping an eye on the future of technology

22 January 2010

IT is changing — and changing fast. But what are the trends and innovations that will really make a difference to your practice? We ask some of the profession’s experts to take a look at what’s coming in their specialist area

The London Olympic Cloud.

What’s in store for IT developments in 2010

18 December 2009

If augmented reality is one of the emerging trends for 2010, what are the others?

View the future in your phone

18 December 2009

Augmented reality will soon be available on smartphones to transform site visits

Architect Jonathan Reeves used Vectorworks’ new corner windows and staircase tool to design this concept house for a site in Australia.

Help with the stairs

20 November 2009

Making change easy is the claim of the recently released Vectorworks 2010 cad software. Jonathan Reeves finds out whether it delivers

Global team talks — virtually

16 October 2009

With travel budgets tight or non-existent, has virtual conferencing developed enough to offer an acceptable alternative?

Students have a culture of not paying for software.

Pirates in your practice

18 September 2009

Failure to license software can hit small firms hard

Is a return to the pre-IT era of the technologically sparse workspace the next step for the office?

21st century clear-desk policy

28 August 2009

Cloud computing is just one of the technologies that is going to reshape the way we work

Slime mould could become a kind of organic computer.

Why slime oozes appeal for the planet’s future

19 June 2009

Anna Winston meets Rachel Armstrong the doctor turned sci-fi writer and pioneer of ‘living architecture’

Open up to online

How architects can open up to online IT services

20 March 2009

Architectural practices can spend less on IT and still get more from technology — just the ticket in a recession

Project visualised in SketchUp 7 by Jim Allen of Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council.

Google’s whack at 3D begins to stand out

20 February 2009

The ability to create unique drawing styles is just one of the attractions of Google SketchUp 7

HOK used BIM for its design of 5 Churchill Place at Canary Wharf.

The shape of things to come in building information modelling

19 December 2008

A new era of collaborative design and project management could be ushered in by building information modelling

FF Model: Plant

Pixel this: Designing intelligent objects

19 December 2008

Marc Fredrickson has a post-graduate degree in architecture, but his California milieu meant that for years he designed computer games instead. Now with digital provider FormFonts 3D, he’s leading the quest for intelligent objects

Memory Cloud installation by Minimaforms at Trafalgar Square

The building blocks for digital cities

21 November 2008

Terry Farrell previews an exhibition at the Building Centre on role of digital technology in city planning, co-curated by his practice

Zaha Hadid Architects’ Lotus room at the Venice Biennale combines furniture and architecture.

The future is parametric

19 September 2008

In Venice last week, Patrik Schumacher, partner at Zaha Hadid Architects, hailed parametricism as the great new style after modernism. This is an edited version of his manifesto

Illustration by Tim Sanders

Take charge of your practice’s data

19 September 2008

It pays to research the options for document management

Design developed in Rhino

Entering another digital design dimension at the University of Bath

15 August 2008

From 3D modelling to design practice, the University of Bath is sharpening its digital skills, say Andrew Watts and Paul Shepherd

The animated intro is perhaps a tad too long

Craft your practice’s website as carefully as your next building

18 July 2008

Richard Frankland of FKDA, which designs both buildings and websites, on how architects can achieve a striking online presence

The kidney bean-shaped Chesa Futura apartments in St Moritz by Foster’s.

The age of alien archi-forms has arrived

20 June 2008

David Littlefield explains the thinking behind Space Craft, his new book on computer modelling

Neil Spiller: right most of the time.

The Bartlett’s Neil Spiller is still blazing a trail after all these years

16 May 2008

In the first of a new series on how architecture schools are responding to new technology, the Bartlett’s Neil Spiller says the rapid evolution of computing is liberating for architects, but also poses some serious challenges

The book’s cover image, which blends raw geometry and photorealistic rendering

Bentley’s tome marks the shape of things to come

18 April 2008

This massive book is a valuable aid to understanding architectural geometry, says Marc Thomas of Architects Design Partnership

Apple photos

20 March 2008

Apple has launched Aperture 2, the latest version of its photo editing and management software.

IT Brief: Better renders

20 March 2008

Abvent Group has released the next version of its rendering software, Artlantis Render & Studio.