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Category Archives: Autodesk Ecotect Analysis

Ladybug and Honeybee for Building Performance Design

In the past I have criticized the lack of climate/predesign and daylighting analysis tools in Vasari. So it was with great surprise that I recently learned about Ladybug and Honeybee, some recent projects developed by Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari, Chris Mackey and Saeran Vasanthakumar. The tools address the 2 most significant weaknesses encountered when using Vasari:…

Tips and Tricks: Rhino to Ecotect and/or Vasari

The “digital plasticine” environment There is a growing number of architects and designers using Rhino3D, a 3D modelling software that provides a new art medium described by colleague Dimitri as “digital plasticine” (the techincal name is NURBS or Non-Uniform Rational B-Splines). A common question is: How do you get a model from Rhino to import…

Ecotect Analysis and MacDonald’s

Image via WikipediaI recently came across a student project that outlines a proposed expansion to a MacDonald’s in Las Vegas using Autodesk Ecotect Analysis. Never thought I’d see those two words together! The three page graphic display essentially describes a workflow for using the software to inform design. It begins with gaining a good understanding…

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