This month we have a presentation from Sam Macalister, Autodesk Australia, on soon to be released Autodesk BIM 2017 products. Can’t be any more specific that that as some are not yet announced!
What's new: Autodesk BIM 2017 - Sponsored by A2K Technologies
When: Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Where: Jasmax 2 Marston Street Parnell Auckland (From the top of the stairs, turn right at reception, meeting space past the café area)
Please join us from 5.30pm:
6:00pm : Welcome and Introduction
6:05pm : Presentation
What is new in the Autodesk 2017 BIM product range. Samuel Macalister (Senior Technical Sales Specialist - BIM, Autodesk Australia) will present a range of new and revised BIM related Autodesk products and services arriving soon.
7.15pm: RUGAKL News
AGM will be May - Call for nominations, volunteers, agenda items
I was familiar with Dame Zaha Hadid’s work but Desert Island Discs gives some insight into Zaha Hadid, the person. Due to copyright restrictions her chosen eight music tracks are trimmed to 10 second clips but that just leaves a fascinating interview.
Vale Dame Zaha Hadid, who leaves a remarkable legacy.
Kirsty Young's castaway is the architect, Dame Zaha Hadid.
The first woman to be awarded architecture's highest honour, the Pritzker Prize, she designed the Aquatic Centre for London 2012, Glasgow's Riverside Museum and has twice won the Stirling Prize - first for the MAXXI museum in Rome and secondly for her design for the Grace Academy school in Brixton, London. She recently became the first woman in her own right to receive the RIBA Gold Medal.
She was born in Baghdad in 1950 where her father was a prominent member of the opposition National Democratic Party. After attending school there, she travelled to Switzerland and England to boarding school before returning to London in 1972 to study at the Architectural Association.
In 1983 she won her first competition to design the Peak Leisure Club in Hong Kong. It gained her international recognition though it was never built: her first building was the Vitra Fire Station in Germany in 1993. In the late 1990s she built a contemporary arts centre in Cincinnati & a BMW car manufacturing plant in Leipzig. She won competitions to design a new opera house in Cardiff but it was never realised and her first permanent building in Britain was a Maggie's Cancer Care Centre in Scotland built in 2006. She has designed stations for the Nordpark Cable Railway in Innsbruck, Austria and in 2010 the Opera House in Guangzhou, China. In 2014 she became the first woman to win the Design Museum's Design of the Year Award for the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Centre, in Baku, Azerbaijan.
She was made a Dame in 2012 for services to architecture.
The end of March means it is blog’iversary time again. Twelve years since that first tentative post.
A new job has kept me busy and has given some interesting new perspectives(see photo).
That has been reflected in a relative lack of activity here and almost no participation in the software beta programs which make release related posts easier. I can’t write about software I haven’t seen or used yet!
As I wrote last year, in spite of the plethora of social platforms — or perhaps because of their proliferation — I still think blogs are important. While much more comment happens in social media, often related to linked posts, if you value your content a blog is a good home for it. Keep your work outside those ‘logon required’ social media walled gardens on a platform you control*.
Speaking of control, the only significant design change I have made this year is to remove all display advertising from my blogs (try doing that on Facebook). You may still see (clearly identified) affiliate links in posts where appropriate but the display ads just added clutter and complication for no worthwhile reward. I will cover the small, but significant, charity donation that adverts used to fund.
I still find it amazing that thanks to this hobby I’ve made, and in some cases met, many friends around the world. To everyone, everywhere, thanks for visiting, reading and subscribing!
Some annual stats follow in the extended post if you’re interested.
* Or at least can export your content from and relocate should you wish!