It’s award season (or rather trade fair season, which usually brings along some awards). Following up on my posting of the link to the North American Wood Design Award winners, here is now the result of the German Wood Design Awards. Although everything on the web page of the Deutscher Holzbaupreis 2007 is in German, […] Read more..
I like freebies. Here are two great ones for anyone interested in timber design. The 2002 and 2003 Wood Design Awards Books are now available as free PDF downloads from cwc.ca: Wood Design Awards Books Not to be too much of a freeloader, I’ll immediately order the just published 2006 edition. Promised!
Some interesting SketchUp-related posts that just landed on my desk: AIA and Google have assembled classic American architecture in 3D Warehouse and Google Earth and have put a sickeningly fast video of it on YouTube.
As if there weren’t enough search engines out there already! Google, yahoo, Ask.com, A9 (or was it “8”? I forgot.) and – of course – whatever Microsoft calls theirs at the moment… In any case, here is one more: A Timber Engineering-specific search.
Digging through the Ruby script archive for SketchUp is just amazing. There is a great tool at every corner. Here’s one of them: The 6-sided cube panorama exporter. Together with a renderer like Kerkythea (and a stitching program), it is extremely easy to create realistic panoramas right out of SketchUp.
Quickly creating 3D-models and doing sketchy renderings is clearly the strength of SketchUp. Most of its modeling feature set is even available in the free version and with downloadable Extensions, anything is possible. One feature that is missing in SketchUp, though, is photo-realistic rendering. But don’t let that stop you…