In any field of creativity, tools are as important as skills. Be it painting, sculpting, designing, engineering or making music. Tools enable artists to explore beyond their skill set and sometimes even beyond human capacity. Designing spaces, planning layouts, visualizing actual structures in the real world before execution are just some of the skills an architect uses to develop concepts and generate ideas. The transformation of an idea or a visual in the mind of an architect to 2D presentation drawings, working drawings and 3D models is where these tools come in.
As an architect, Autodesk has played a very vital role in my professional life. Right from architecture school to running my own digital company, Autodesk has helped me visualize my ideas and present them to professors and clients alike. Especially for an architect and a fashion blogger with a very particular sense of conceptualizing and designing spaces as well as outfits, there is always a need of softwares to develop these ideas. Autodesk has helped me generate and explore ideas on a day to day basis throughout architecture school. Not only has Autodesk helped me transform my project ideas to reality but also my most
important dream and idea – to become an architect. The humbling moment when I graduated as an architect is one of the most pivotal moments of my life. Now as an architect I use these softwares on a daily basis to transform ideas to reality. With managing different parts of my professional life, it helps to have softwares that accomplish a lot more in a lot less time. To generate digital drawings to visually explain my ideas for a particular project to the project owner would be next to impossible without the use of these softwares.
As a designer, to create experiences for people by altering spaces, designing their homes, the furniture they sit on and the lights that light up their rooms, it goes without saying that it takes a great amount of planning and precision. Conceptualizing is made as accurate as possible with the use of softwares. Autodesk literally is the Future of Making Things out of thin air. From an idea to a 2D drawing to a 3D model and then finally to reality. Visualising parametric installations and structures with complicated angles and joints is made possible. Generating mock ups for furniture and lighting design and how they dictate the feel of a room is easily achieved using Autodesk softwares. There is absolutely no limit to conceptualizing the form of a piece of furniture, the inside of a room, an art installation or a whole building. This is a future where if you can visualize the project in your head, you can make it.
An ideas journey from a thought to reality really is a matter of clicks and numbers. Using computers and machines to get rid of any limitations in the way of expressive art and architecture is nothing short of a blessing to a designer. To make dynamic and organic forms more achievable and overall enhancing the quality of digital visualisation, as a result detaching any limitations on conventional design techniques a designer might face. Autodesk has made it possible for designers and softwares to co-create the Future of Making Things. The process of designing spaces and environments is a very complicated one where drawings are corrected and altered at every step of the design process. There is almost always zero scope for errors in working drawings once approved for project execution. Thus, it is of grave importance to be obsessively particular about details as an architect. Hand drafting and hand rendering, being as important skills as they are, are limited in terms of corrections and alterations.
AutoDesk Softwares such as AutoCAD, Revit, InfraWorks, etc are some of the softwares that students and working professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering and construction use on a daily basis.
Revit and InfraWorks are BIM (Building Information Modeling) softwares, intelligent enough to optimise the efficiency of architecture planning, designing, the complex engineering that goes behind buildings and infrastructure. These are tools that prove of great use for digital visualization of ideas, concepts and for efficiency in the design as well as execution phase of projects. Because of a clean and unified User Interface, learning to use these software’s with some practice as students or professionals is very convenient.
Revit not only lets you design and digitally develop drawings and models, but also makes it very easy to present these drawings and models to clients or fellow team members. As an architect, Revit is very efficient to document a project, visualize it and also analyse the cost and material estimates of the same. It has a very important feature that lets you collaborate on a project. Thus avoiding the hassle of errors and mistakes due to multiple people working on the same project. There is a wide library made available for Revit users as well as descriptive tutorials to help individuals use the software to its optimum potential.
InfraWorks also offers a very coherent User Interface for individuals in the fields of architecture, engineering and construction to process data, design infrastructure, simulate conditions and visualise projects in the real world. It allows you to generate your project’s
real world dynamic environment to the extent of simulating natural conditions. InfraWorks processes data and analyses it in an intelligent way making the simulated environment as close to reality as possible.
The AEC Collection by Autodesk for architecture, engineering and construction professionals includes many such softwares that aid the design, development and execution process. Softwares such as AutoCAD, Revit, InfraWorks, 3DS MAX that enable digital visualization in these fields and transform ideas and concepts to physical reality. I find the process of creating, generating ideas and making things very intriguing. It is because of these softwares, I’m able to constantly create architecture and fashion every day
to my heart’s content. If you are a creator like me, you know that process of creation is as magical as the creation itself. Let’s never stop creating.
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Story : Ar. Swati Sharma | Video : Ar. Swati Sharma