Why Today's Architects Build Digital Cities Instead of Scale Models

When I was a grad student in architecture school in the 80s, one of our professors was on a mission. Every semester he'd give a design project in downtown Manhattan, asking his students to spend the first two weeks of the term building a beautiful wood model of the surrounding site. The next year he would move to a… » 10/02/14 11:06am 10/02/14 11:06am

Dive into This Digital USS Arizona in the Name of Conservation

For nearly three quarters of a century, the USS Arizona has rested practically untouched in the waters of Pearl Harbor, acting as both the final resting place of and enduring tribute to the 1100 marines and sailors that lost their lives aboard it. Today, the National Park Service and Autodesk unveiled the results of… » 5/26/14 5:30pm 5/26/14 5:30pm

Magic Thimble Turns the Entire World Into a Touch Surface

I want this: a thimble that turns everything it touches into a touch-sensitive screen, so you can use quick gestures to make things happen. Imagine going around the world, moving your finger like a magic wand, making things happen. You know, like Minority Report wave-in-the-air thimbles, but touch-based. » 10/22/12 10:11am 10/22/12 10:11am

Six Designs That Would've Been Impossible Without Computer Modeling

After three decades on the market, Autodesk's software has radically transformed modern architecture, science, and art. In downtown San Francisco, Autodesk exhibits a rotating gallery showing off twenty of its most impressive design feats. On a recent tour, Gizmodo saw the stunning range of the program's capabilities.… » 7/06/12 3:40pm 7/06/12 3:40pm