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Wandering in the Garden of Technology and Passion, a book about Architect John Marx and his use of 3D modeling with form•Z.

February 14, 2012

Wandering the Garden of Technology and Passion, a book written by Pierluigi Serraino about Architect John Marx, a long time user of form•Z for 3D modeling and innovator of digital tools, and the impressive projects of his firm, form4. A vivid demonstration of how a small architectural practice can compete internationally with much larger firms, thanks to their grasp of digital tools.”Five chapters divide the work of John Marx that outline the wide-ranging and and biographical conditions of being an architect today. These episodes are structured around themes that cross-section his output, highlighting issues of general interest and avoiding the classic chronological trope so ubiquitous in tales of and architect’s accomplishments. Marx’s design impulse is the undercurrent throughout these sections. It is through design that architects have the greatest chance to bring relevance to their work and affect people’s lives in significantly positive ways.”
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Publication Date: January 18, 2012
John Marx is of the generation of design architects who witnessed their pencils morph into mouses and their drafting tables into computer desktops. Throughout this transition, he has maintained a remarkable aesthetic consistency in his architectural projects. Wandering the Garden of Technology and Passion is a study of digital design through Marx’s work. This beautifully illustrated book traces the professional path of an architect whose mastery of digital tools transformed his practice into a global player, but who still manages to hold on to the intimate qualities of a boutique practice.
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More users experience with bonzai3D vs Google Sketchup

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I have had a bit of a look around the forum and documentation, also downloaded the trial version of Bonzai and have only one burning question; Is there a viable way of creating construction drawings (for houses) that remains linked like they do in SU Pro?

I really like how Bonzai works, very intuitive and well thought out, but can see myself losing productivity if I have to use a 3rd party program for the final prints (and the obvious hassle of redoing exports if there are changes)

I notice that alot of users are exporting to Revit for this stage, but it doesn’t solve the problem with the drawings being divorced from the original model.

i don’t really want to go with SU pro due to the other work flow related issues (no tools for windows, doors etc, slow work flow) and can’t justify (at this stage) going for a 2K lite version of ArchiCad (It looks a little too crippled as well)

 

– Andrew Jones

response from autodessys Inc

 

Bonzai3d is designed as a 3d modeling program, and it can generate plans and sections that can be exported in 2d (or 3d) to a dedicated drafting program — such as AutoCAD, Archicad, Vectorworks, etc. As you note, this can require extra steps if there will be multiple revisions, and we are currently working on the Drafting Environment for formZ 7 — which will integrate the model with the documentation as you are requesting. 

formZ 7 will also use the bonzai3d interface (plus a lot more) so that modeling will be as quick and easy as it can be. If you would like to sign up for the Beta version and give it a try, you can do so here: 

http://www.formz.com/products/formz/formz7beta.html 

Right now, the Drafting Workspace is a bit of a work in progress, but Hatches have just been released, and soon Line Styles & Weights will be implemented — along with the full Layout Environment so that you can create full blown construction documents. And — if you make a change to the model, the documentation will be updated automatically. :-) 

Does this help? 

I haven’t test driven formz yet, it sound cool to have the bonzai features in it too. Is it possible to purchase bonzai and upgrade it later to the full formz program? Or perhaps buy the 2D drafting/ plotting environment as an add on? Anyway, that does answer the initial question. sorry to add more 🙂 I’ll have a look at the beta version, thanks.

– Andrew Jones

 

response from autodessys Inc

Yes, you will be able to upgrade from bonzai3d to formZ 7 in the future — but details have not yet been set for that. (The details for this will be available closer to the final release of formZ 7.) 

We are not sure if we will be adding a 2d add-on for bonzai3d in the long run — but it will not be available in the near future. If you know you will want integrated Drafting (beyond basic notes and dimensions), you should most likely choose formZ over bonzai3d. 

 

Ok, that makes sense. Had a bit of a play today with Beta 7, love the roof building tool! Love the way the drafting tool set can be selected easily, and the quality of the icons and descriptions is fantastic, great work.

I’ll keep poking around.

So I’m thinking the best option would be to buy bonzai3d now (so I can start learning the tools etc), and upgrade when fomZ 7 is released…anyway, sounds good either way.

– Andrew Jones

More Great Point of Sale Design done in formZ

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Vodafone POS design 1

]Tim Mason creates great POS designs and images for clients alway multiple options and colours in 1 day.

With these designs and the resultant images for his clients, they can make informed decisions and approvals quickly.

formZ RenderZone has allowed him a speed, accuracy and image quality that has been hard to match.

Anyone can trial now the new beta version of formZ 7 – a new direction in making formZ much easier to use and more powerful by downloading a trial version here.

formZ 7 – beta testing a new future modeller

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Want to see what’s new in form•Z 7? Here’s your opportunity in this first part of a two part live webinar. In part 1 we’ll guide you on an exploratory journey of a contemporary design space from conceptual massing model to iterative design details, including some essential new fabrication features.

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