Thursday, 30 August 2007

Architecture professor uses virtual world to teach collaboration

Checkout this article: City Turns New Leaf in Second Life. It shows how Architecture Professors are using second life as a tool to teach students how collaboration can be achieved.

Architectural Visualisation from Neorama

Neorama is a Brazilian and an international provider of Architectural Visualisation solutions. There vision is one of 'a constant search for a sharp and accurate creative vision, allying art and technology to reinforce property features and values'. Below are animations created by Neorama:

They are now moving into second life architectural visualisation as represented by there recent completion of project on Dellano in second life which to me looks a bit like the farnsworth house.

Further info visit Digital Urban blog post.

Friday, 24 August 2007

Microsoft's new search interface called Tafiti

Mocrosoft has just released a new search engine interface called Tafiti. It users microsoft silverlight technology and live search to enable interactive searching. It also enables the viewer to save searched information such as images, rss feeds, etc. Below is a video showing Microsoft's Tafiti in action:

Thursday, 23 August 2007

Google Earth Launches Galaxies

A new version of Google Earth has been launched which includes galaxies. You get a 3D view of all the constellations viewable from earth, and you can explore them in 3D. 100 million stars and 200 million galaxies are included. Belowis a video showing the new features of GE v4.2:

Further info visit webware blog post on GE.

Reflexive Architecture

Reflexive architecture is a new direction within the world of virtual architecture whereby the building elements are responsive to the presence of a person.Below is a video showing a gallery of reflexive architecture on Second Life explored by Keystone Bouchard.

Further info visit ARCH blog post on reflexive architecture. For further sources on reflexive architecture click here.

Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0: A Visual Difference

For those who do not understand the difference between web 1.0and web 2.0 below is an image which shows a visual difference between the two rather than finding wordy definitions which do not make too much sense.

Further info visit sizlopedia blog post.


Hyposurface is a new interactive 3 dimensional moving wall surface which is mainly used to display advertising. It uses a powerful 'information bus' technology to control many thousands of moving objects and allowing high speed movememnt in real time off the screen surface. Below are videos showing the new product in action:

Further info visit Hyposurface website and architecture.mnp blog post.

Embedding Google Mymaps Directly

As my earlier post showed how to embedd Google Maps into your website or blog using other external websites or sources. Google Maps NOW has this feature directly available from today as represented by the image below which shows where it is located:

Further info visit Digital Urban blog post.

Sunday, 19 August 2007

Steven Holl's Linked Hybrid Project in Beijing

Steven Holl's Linked Hybrid project in Beijing is quite a good example of a sustainable design. The project consists of several buildings linked together to create a city within a city. Some of its sustanability features include green roof gardens, geo thermal wells to heat and cool the building and a recycled grey water pond.

Below is a presentation in two parts showing the architecture of the design and its green features.

Further info visit architecture.mnp blogspot which shows a great deal of green architecture features of the project.

Wednesday, 15 August 2007

Holographic Technology

Holographic Technology is a developing technology which displays a projection of an image in mid air. Heliodisplay is a product on the market developed by I02 Technology which displays video images and projects it into free-space or mid air. The video below shows an overview of the product developed.

For further info visit Digital Urban blogpost which shows the recent development of holographic technology in detail and how it can be used to produce digital cities and virtual world interactively.

Thursday, 9 August 2007

Dubai Waterfront

Dubai's waterfront is proposed to be the largest waterfront development in the world. The project includes many groups and organizations working collaboratively in order to develop the project by creating various management processes such as feasibility studies. Below is a promotional video showing Dubai Waterfront development and planning.

For further info visit Digital Urban blog post.

Wednesday, 8 August 2007

Understanding some powerful web 2.0 tools

Some of the web 2.0 tools such as social bookmarking and RSS feeds are difficult to understand. Below are two videos showing what social bookmarking is and what RSS is in plain english.

Fo further info and more videos on web 2.0 tools visit commoncraft or there YouTube videos

Tuesday, 7 August 2007

tutorials on YouTube

The power of web 2.0 is changing the way we learn. YouTube, one of the giants in the web 2.0 world has a lot of video tutorials for 3dsMAX and other software's such as sketchUp and photoshop. It is just easier to view tutorials interactively rather then using other sources such as text books. Books can be very painful to read and get useful information out of it whereas, with video tutorials it can easily be viewed and at the same time you could be using the software. The learning process is just simply easier with digital technology and it's FREE!!

Below is a tutorial on chapter 1 of a series of tutorials on 3ds Max hosted on YouTube by a user called prabinpebam.The user has more tutorials uploaded mainly on 3ds MA and a few on photoshop.

Further info visit Digital Urban blog post.

Architectural Animation - 3D Blue Print

3D Blue Print is another company which producers 3D visualisation and animations for architects, designers and developers. Architectural animations are currently developed by using the 'flying in' construction animation method which is quite impressive but is over used.

3D Blue Print starts off with an interesting play on the concept of scale with a building emerging from a tabletop site plan shown in the animation below:

Visit previous blog post of squint/opera to checkout there architectural animations.

Monday, 6 August 2007

Google Maps Image Cutter

Image Cutter is an application developed by CASA which takes any image and cuts it into tiles which then can be viewed interactively via a Google Map. Using this tool, the viewer is able to zoom and pan using the standard Google Map interface. This is a very useful tool to publish images on the web.

Below is an example using the Google Maps Image Cutter tool.

You can download Image Cutter for free which users java application to run the software and creates a html file and a directory folder of the tiled images which then can be uploaded to your server. For further info visit Digital Urban blog post.

Thursday, 2 August 2007

Online Storage: File Hosting and Sharing Sites

If you are wanting to store, backup or share your files online then this particular blog post on Mashable has put together 80 different websites which allows online backup, sending services, storage/sending services and many more file hosting tools. File hosting and sharing is quite useful because you can only attach smaller files via e-mail to share whereas, bigger files can be stored and shared online via file hosting websites.

I particularly like Mediafire because you don't have to register or login and once a file is uploaded, it provides you with a link which you can then share. It lets you upload up to 10 files of up to 100MB each at a time and has unlimited storage.

Uploading Videos to YouTUBE with max quality

YouTubeis one of the busiest video sharing site. As a result, some of the videos tend to be better than others as far as quality is concerned. Below are two links to websites which show how you can optimize your videos for YouTube so the quality is not totally lost. The websites provide a guide and show the various features YouTube users to upload your videos.

blog post from CrunchGear and post on this website.

Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Understanding Wiki

Wiki is like a collaborative website which can be directly edited by anyone with acess to it. It is simply an online database that could be used in communicating via a website which enables people to edit a page by using a simple markup language using a web browser. The most common of all being wikipedia - the free online encyclopedia. This is a great tool for working collaboratively where group or team members can write and edit stuff somultaniously. However, biggest disadvantage mainly with open-source wiki systems such as wikipedia it is easy for anyone to change information which could either be true or false.

There are a few websites which enable people to create there own wiki's such as : Wetpaint, pbwiki or wikispaces

Below is a video explaining what Wiki is and how it can be used in collaborative work.

How to embed a Google Map on your website or blog

There are quite a few websites which show you how to embed a Google Map on your website or blog. One of them is My Maps Plus. My Maps Plus is a site that lets you embed maps created using Google My Maps into any blog or website. Google My Maps feature allows you to create mashups which then can be embedded into your website or your blog (click here to view my previous blogpost on Google My Maps) . Another useful website is which allows you to generate your own map and embed it to your homepage. Other cool services include Frappr which is a web based community mapper another web 2.0 service developed after Google released the API for the Google Maps service.

Below is a map I created using Google My Maps and using My Maps Plus to embed it.

Further inf visit here or check previous blogs for Google maps and Google mapplets.