Narrating Your Story using Revit, Honest Guide to Machine Learning & More

Issue #02

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Data Mapping & Visualization

How to Narrate Your Story using Revit or SketchUp Model?

Corgan, a global Architecture and Design firm’s storytelling department is pioneering a virtual system to give future occupants a truly immersive preview of their prospective buildings.

These Engineers are looking into the Future of their Construction Project.

DAQRI Smart Helmet allows workers to overlay architectural plans, BIM models and other instructions onto physical space, while on the construction site.

Top 5 Free Tools For Map Visualization

Map visualization allows you to take complex data that most people cannot comprehend and transforms that into enjoyable stories. We have compiled a list of top 5 map visualization tools that are free, web-based and requires no coding knowledge.

Machine Learning

An Honest Guide to Machine Learning

What exactly do we mean when we talk about artificial intelligence? It doesn’t necessarily mean a computer that thinks exactly like a human — although that is the end goal of most AI research.

A.I. Experiments

AI Experiments is a showcase for simple experiments that let anyone play with artificial intelligence and machine learning in hands-on ways, through pictures, drawings, language, music, and more.

Quick, Draw Something! Let Neural Nets Figure out your Sketch!

You have 20 seconds to draw six simple objects, and a computer tries to guess what you’re working on in the allotted time. Under the hood, the game runs a learning system that Google uses for character recognition.

I have no clue how the Algo figured out the Mermaid. It was a pretty awful sketch!

Smart Cities

City Performance Tool assists Planners Improve Air Quality

Siemens’ City Performance Tool (CyPT) helps city planners to deliver detailed insight into the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and air quality improvements their city can achieve.

How Virtual Reality is Revolutionising Community Engagement in Town Planning

Tygron, a company that makes urban-development games, has created a Sims-like platform that takes heed of real-life indicators such as livability, heat stress, and population densities to allow urban planners to test new developments before putting them into policy.


Video: How Data-driven Design Necessitates New Ways of Practicing

Daniel Davis from WeWork presented this excellent keynote lecture at Design Modelling Symposium about the ways in which data is changing the practice of architecture.

Research Paper: Visual Dataflow Modelling - Comparing Grasshopper, Dynamo, Generative Components, and Houdini

Dr. Patrick Janssen, NUS has published a research paper in which he analyses the four VDM tools in their capacity to complete a simple parametric modeling task - creating a parametric roof with a diagrid structure. He then proposes a VDM tool called Vidamo that allows the creation of smaller and less complex dataflow graphs to complete the same task.