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Updated: 2017-09-25T02:47:25-04:00


10 buildings from around the world reinterpreting the humble brick


In case you haven't checked out Archinect's Pinterest boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect Firm and People profiles. (Tip: use the handy FOLLOW feature to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!) Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board Bricks & Stones. ↑ CASA IV in Matola, Spain by MESURA ↑ Corner House in London, UK by DSDHA ↑ Krøyers Plads in Copenhagen, Denmark by COBE ↑ Bulgaria 533 in Mexico City by Dellekamp Arquitectos; Photo: Sandra Pereznieto ↑ NUA Studio in Tarragona, Spain by NUA ↑ The Marx in Queens, NY by Fogarty Finger Architecture PLLC ↑ The Lined Extension in London, UK by YARD Architects; Photo: Richard Chivers ↑ FA house in Da Lat, Vietnam by atelier tho.A ↑ Lateral House in London, UK by Pitman Tozer Architects; Photo: Nick Kane Click here to see more "Ten Top Images on Archinect's Pinterest Boards" posts. Wanna be included in one of the next... [...]

Richard Rogers challenges Prince Charles to public debate over built environment



Richard Rogers has challenged Prince Charles to engage in public debate over Britain’s built environment after claiming he knows of five developers who privately consulted him over their choice of architects because they fear his opposition. The Labour peer and designer of the Pompidou Centre reopened a simmering row over the heir to the throne’s interventions in architecture by alleging in a new book that the developers consulted the palace “to check what would be acceptable”.

The Guardian cites Rogers' thoughts on the Prince from his new memoir, A Place for All People: "I don’t believe that the Prince of Wales understands architecture. He thinks it is fixed at one point in the past (for him, classicism – an odd choice as it is not a style with deep roots in England), rather than an evolving language of technology and materials. But if he is not going to join in debate, it hardly matters whether his opinions are right or wrong. He occupies a privileged position, and he should not use that to damage the livelihoods of people he disagrees with."

Hey New York City, here are our must-see Archtober exhibitions (and one party!)



New Yorkers know it's that time of the year again when the days are getting shorter, the mornings a bit crisper, and a flood of outstanding architecture and design events is about to hit the city: Archtober is here! 

For the seventh year in a row, Archinect & Bustler are proud to present the city-wide festival with its packed roster of exhibitions, lectures, conferences, films, and tours across the five boroughs. 

From Archtober's lengthy calendar of events, we'll be presenting weekly highlights starting on Monday. 

For today's post, we've put together a handy guide of some of the key exhibitions (and one party co-hosted by Archinect!) you should certainly not miss.

Archinect's Employer of the Day: Weekly Round-Up #151


Looking for a job? Archinect's Employer of the Day Weekly Round-Up can help start off your hunt amid the hundreds of active listings on our job board. If you've been following the feature on our Facebook, Employer of the Day is where we highlight active employers and showcase a gallery of their work. In case you missed them, here are some of the latest EOTD-featured firms. 1. Populous (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Multiple listings Image © Populous, Luxigon2. Jorge Mastropietro Architects Atelier (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Intermediate Architect/Project Manager Image credit: Jorge Mastropietro Architects Atelier.3. Daniel Joseph Chenin, Ltd. (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Project Architect/Job Captain Photo credit: Daniel Joseph Chenin, Ltd.4. The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Facebook feature)Currently hiring: Exhibition Designer Photo: Ralph Hockens/Flickr5. Atelier Ace / Ace Hotel (Facebook feature) Currently hiring: Hospitality Architect Photo credit: Ace Hote... [...]

Mia Lehrer and WSP recommended for LA River's Taylor Yard



Regardless of the pricey remediation, the 41-acre property has long been considered a key element to the large-scale ecological restoration of the LA River. The city purchased the G2 parcel in March, paying nearly $60 million.

The city’s bureau of engineering recommends engineering firm WSP, with Landscape Architect Mia Lehrer, for the transformation of the G2. WSP and Lehrer are collaborating with Mujeres de la Tierra, a non-profit public health organization based in Cypress Park, on the project. 

Part of Taylor Yard, the Southern Pacific's former classification Yard, the G2 parcel has been named the crown jewel of the LA revitalization project by LA Mayor Garcetti. The site, now abandoned for over three decades, is highly contaminated and unlikely to open as park for another three to five years. 

The city's recommendation has been shared with the public works department which will have the last word on the G2 contract. 

The world's tallest wood building opens to residents at University of British Columbia



Completed last year, the wooden skyscraper opened its doors to 400 students at University of British Columbia (UBC) Campus in Vancouver. Designed by Acton Ostry Architects in collaboration with structural engineers Fast + Epp. The building is built of mass timber construction above one level of concrete and two concrete stair cores. The mass timber hybrid structure is 18 stories and 178 feet tall. 

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“The floor structure is comprised of 5-ply CLT panels supported on glue-laminated timber (glulam) columns on a 2.85 X 4.0 meter grid. This results in the CLT panels acting as a two-way slab diaphragm, which eliminates the need for load-carrying beams. To avoid a vertical load transfer through the CLT panels, a steel connector allows for a direct load transfer between the columns and also provides a bearing surface for the CLT panels”


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Design and construction teams had to work hand in hand from the beginning of the design process...

Police consider manslaughter charges in the Grenfell Tower case



The criminal investigation into the Grenfell Tower disaster may consider individual as well as corporate manslaughter charges. At a briefing on Tuesday morning, officers said individual charges were a possibility as well as charges relating to fraud, misconduct, health and safety breaches, and breaches of fire safety regulations.

Police consider both individual and corporate manslaughter charges in the Grenfell Tower disaster; the fire of a 24-story social housing tower in London. The tower's cladding was highly flammable and no sprinklers had been installed. 

New York's Paper Architecture at the Queens Museum



Never Built New York at the Queens Museum presents 150 years of paper architecture from famous architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, I.M. Pei, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Louis Kahn, Moshe Safdie, Venturi Scott Brown, Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaas and Zaha Hadid. 

The exhibition, curated by Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin and designed by Studio Christian Wassmann, presents plans, drawings, models and renderings of unrealized projects for New York.,

In addition to the archival material, 70 3-D printed plexiglass models of the never built projects, made by students of GSAPP, will be installed on the Queens Museum's Panorama of the City of New York  on their intended location. 

The exhibition is on view from September 17th, 2017, trough February 18th, 2018. 

The Ugly Pet: On Sustainability and Architectural Form



I’m particularly interested in how sustainable buildings might affect the experience of landscape differently — actually better, differently — because, as a human being, I’m hoping for more sustainable architecture, and, as an academic (and as an architect), I’m thinking the consequences should be revolutionary to architecture.

Unlike earlier technological revolutions — the development of the steel frame, or the invention of concrete — sustainability in architecture has not yet had any significant, self-identifying formal consequences. Instead, the experience of sustainable space has to be hyper-mediated. 

In his latest article, Places columnist David Heymann vents his frustrations about environmentally-sensitive design and examines how architects including Kieran Timberlake and Glenn Murcutt are feeling the way forward for the field. 

Winner of I Look Up Film Challenge shows architecture's impact on fight against homelessness in Los Angeles



Under the theme "Blueprint for Better," the American Institute of Architects had invited to its third annual I Look Up Film Challenge earlier this year and encouraged U.S.-based architects to team up with filmmakers to showcase how architectural design can leave a positive social impact.

The winning films have now been announced, and the grand prize winner is Myles Kramer, director of Community by Design: Skid Row Housing Trust. 

Community by Design: Skid Row Housing Trust

The film features Los Angeles-based firms Michael Maltzan Architecture and Brooks + Scarpa Architecture and their design contributions to those who suffer from the city's overwhelming homelessness crisis

"I always felt that space and design had some kind of varying impact on my moods and my thinking, but I just didn’t know why," explained Kramer. "It was only after working on this project, did I learn more specifically about how architecture and design affects people’s day to day live...

“Unbuild the Wall” winners envision inclusive alternatives for the current U.S.-Mexico border wall



In times like this, inclusivity is crucial as ever, especially in the form of architectural design. In response to the controversial U.S.-Mexico border wall that a certain U.S. president is still adamant about constructing, Spanish platform Archstorming invited architects and students to envision a more inclusive alternative in the “Unbuild the Wall” ideas competition.

Eliminating the current U.S.-Mexico barrier in the city of Nogales, entrants had to create an ideal space for coexistence hat also has a respectful and controlled supervision of migrant flow. Submissions came in from 25 countries, and ranged from wide promenades, bridges, public squares, museums, residential buildings, and even a railroad.

The esteemed jury, which included the Mayor of Nogales and architect Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra (2016 Gold Medalist of Spanish Architecture), selected the three prize winners. Ten honorable mentions and a People's Choice were also announced.

1ST PLACE: The Tree Wall by Stefano Bastia,...

Johnston Marklee: Newness becomes a disease



Christopher Hawthorne interviews Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee about this year's Chicago Architecture Biennial. The two reflect on the theme of the biennial—'Make New History'—and their role as curators. 

Hawthorne: What attracted you to history as a guiding idea for this biennial?

Lee: We’re at a moment when we’re just coming out of this fascination with the new. I remember Rem Koolhaas, in [an interview] in the ’90s, somebody asked him, “Where do you think we are now?” And he said, “I think we’re waking up from the semantic nightmare of the ’80s.” So I was thinking, “What is the nightmare that we’re waking up from, if we had to think of the equivalent?” And at least from our point of view, being in L.A., in the schools, there has been a complete fascination with newness — new for new’s sake. To the point where there are architects who do really interesting projects and I would say, “You should also look at [German architect Erich] Mendelsohn,” suggesting it’s something they would b...

Street art museum opens in Berlin and presents itself as canvas



Street art is the ultimate form of democracy according to the curators of the new Museum for Urban Contemporary Art that has just opened in Berlin. But does street art belong in exhibition halls? [...] Construction for the Urban Nation Museum of Urban Contemporary Art began in May 2016. A late-19th century house in the Berlin district of Schöneberg was redesigned by German architecture studio Graft.


Image: Graft, via

In Deutsche Welle's interview with Yasha Young, the artistic director of the new Museum for Urban Contemporary Art, Young defends the need for a permanent home for street art: "Yes, street art belongs to the street and should stay there. The label "Museum for Street Art," although we often use it ourselves, is not quite accurate. We are much more: the museum is designed to be mobile, to connect the outside and the inside. The façade of the house always changes, which means the art that is created out there can be dismantled, changed and exhibited inside."

Sweden's Kasper Salin Prize for Best Building of the Year announces four shortlisted projects



The Kasper Salin Prize for Best Building of the Year is awarded annually by the Swedish Association of Architects to a Swedish building or building project "of high architectural standard" — it is the country's oldest and most prestigious architectural award. 

In the past decade, the Swedish aesthetic has been embraced globally for its clean lines, quiet elegance and strong emphasis on functionality and this year's selected projects are a good example of why. The shortlist includes the extension to the Museum of Sketches for Public Art by Elding Oscarson, an elderly care housing by Marge, an expansion wing for an art collection by Petra Gipp, and a school in Gothenburg by Wahlström & Steijner Arkitekter.

Jury Chair and founder of Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, Bolle Tham spoke of this year's nominated projects, stating "the nominated projects show, for each in their own scale and varying prerequisites, the results of exceptionally good architectural effort. They each provide inspired and...

Get Lectured: University of Virginia, Fall '17



Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2017

Ready or not, it's the start of a new school year. Back for Fall 2017 is Archinect's Get Lectured, an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. Check back regularly to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.

Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to

Have a look at the Fall '17 lectures + exhibition at the University of Virginia, School of Architecture. Lectures take place in Campbell Hall, Room 153, unless otherwise noted.

Sept 15
ANDREW KUDLESS: “Bodies in Formation”
Designer and Founder, Matsys; Associate Professor, California College of the Arts 

Sept 18
Architect + Founder, Menis Arquitectos; Professor, European University of Canarias; Chairman, Laboratory for Innovation in Architecture, Design and Advanced Tourism of Tene...

Winner of the Instrmnt K-series watch giveaway



In Archinect's latest giveaway our readers had the chance to win a brand new K-series watch by Glasgow based design studio Instrmnt. Unlike their previous watches this series has an Italian made NBR compound rubber strap and new colour palette made up of fixed dilutions of 100% black. In case you missed our interview with one of the founders, Ross Baynham read it here now.

The lucky winner is Dylan Davies 

Thanks to everyone who participated!

What makes Mexico City so vulnerable to earthquakes?



Yesterday, Mexico City was struck by a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake. As of today, over 200 people have been reported dead as rescuers continue their efforts to recover those still trapped in the rubble. Dozens of buildings in and around the city were reduced to rubble and many more, severely damaged. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings fell at 44 places in the capital alone, including a primary school where 25 bodies have since been recovered. 

The temblor is the deadliest the country's capital has seen since a 1985 earthquake on the same date, exactly 32 years prior, killed thousands. Mexico sits at the boundary of three fault lines—a very active seismic zone that makes the area extremely vulnerable to earthquakes of high magnitude that are capable of destroying whole buildings and ripping façades off others. Just 12 days before, the country endured its second-largest earthquake in history when an 8.1-magnitude shake hit the states of Oaxaca and Chiapas. 

Mexico City, i...

MAD's Tour Montparnasse "Mirage" turns the Eiffel Tower upside down



In the international architectural competition seeking to redesign Paris' infamous Montparnasse Tower, a winner has just been picked. From the list of seven candidates that made it on the shortlist (including heavy hitters like OMA, Studio Gang, Dominique Perrault), the proposal "Mirage" by Beijing-based MAD Architects stands out for going beyond a mere building renovation and turning the imposing 58-story structure also into an artistic lighting installation that reflects the city upside down.

“At the time when it was built, Montparnasse Tower, like the Eiffel Tower, represented the pride and achievements of its era," MAD Architects principal Ma Yansong explains. "It is mankind’s worship of technology and power that has created this tyrannical monument. It stands out amidst classical Paris. Today, we cannot really demolish this building and the historical regrets it stands for, but we can establish a new perspective to re- examine and think about how humanity can co-exist and intera...

Populous' Paris 2024 Olympics scheme striving to create “the most sustainable Games ever”



According to the team, the designs for both the new and temporary venues and facilities ‘will seek to shape and integrate sporting spectacles in the city’s urban landscape while supporting Paris 2024’s commitment to be the most sustainable games ever’.

As seen in Rio 2016 to London 2012, sustainability is an ongoing issue for cities hosting the Olympic Games. Recently, Populous and consultancy group Egis unveiled the first rendering of their design for the Paris 2024 Olympics, stating that their concept will help create “the most sustainable Games ever”.

“Our mission was to understand how each sport and discipline could best function in existing venues, new buildings when required as legacy and temporary modular sites, identifying the best option in each case,” says Egis' Diogo Taddei, who supervised the work of the consortium. “One of the biggest challenges was to transform illustrious Parisian monuments into sports venues, adapting them to the requirements of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.” 

Architecture Billings Index in August continues to increase, "pointing to future healthy growth"



With all geographic regions and building project sectors showing positive conditions, there continues to be a heightened level of demand for design services [...] the August ABI score was 53.7, up from a score of 51.9 in the previous month. This score reflects an increase in design services provided by U.S. architecture firms [...]. The new projects inquiry index was 62.5, up from a reading of 59.5 the previous month, while the new design contracts index eased somewhat from 56.4 to 54.2.

"The August results continue a string of very positive readings from the design professions, pointing to future healthy growth across the major construction sectors, as well as across the major regions of the country,” said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “Given the focus and discussions around the infrastructure needs of the nation, we expect strong growth in design activity for the coming months and years."

The AIA reports these key ABI stats for the month of August:

  • Regional averages: South (55.7), Northeast (54.3), Midwest (52.5), West (51.3)
  • Sector index breakdown: commercial / industrial (57.6), multi-family residential (53.8), mixed practice (52.5), institutional (50.1)
  • Project inquiries index: 62.5
  • Design contracts index: 54.2

Nouvelle AOM selected to give Tour Montparnasse in Paris a makeover



Not many buildings in Paris are as generally despised as the 58-story, 1970s Tour Montparnasse — seen by most residents and visitors as an out-of-place skyscraper and a stain on the city's urban panorama. Attempting to give the tower a fresh look, and also bringing its building performance into the 21st century, an international architectural competition was launched in 2016. 

The winners have now been announced, and team Nouvelle AOM emerged victoriously — beating out competition from household names like OMA, Studio Gang, Dominique Perrault, and MAD Architects — to give Tour Montparnasse a new identity.

Scientists discover "Octlantis", an underwater city engineered by octopuses



The octopuses didn’t just drift toward the same secure-looking outcroppings, though. Once there, they built piles out of shells from scallops, clams, and other animals they ate, then sculpted the piles into dens, “making these octopuses true environmental engineers,”

Scientists have found a new example of animal architecture, this time a city made by usually solitary octopuses. Named Octlantis, this underwater city is engineered by a group of 15 octopuses. Octopuses are known to be builders of their own habitat but, until now, had not be discovered to live in groups. Researchers observed the animals "congregating, communicating, dwelling together, and even evicting each other from dens."

Taller KEN's OKIO boutique is a giant billboard for eyewear



Doubling as a giant billboard and storefront, the OKIO eyewear boutique in Guatemala features an eye-catching façade shaped like a pair of cat's eyeglasses. 


The project was designed by architectural practice Taller KEN, recently featured in our Small Studio Snapshots series

Photo credits: Byron Marmol, Marcelo Gutierrez

The giant, circular windows make clear the usage, bring in natural light and allow outsiders to window shop. Throughout the store—which contains a retail area, exam room, restrooms and storage—this playful geometry is carried out. A large 'oculus' skylight, brightens up the interior and mirrors of different shapes and sizes reflect the different shapes in the ceiling and façade.

Photo credits: Byron Marmol, Marcelo Gutierrez


Photo credits: Byron Marmol, Marcelo Gutierrez

Inside, a custom display bar and cashier are positioned underneath the skylight at the center of the space. Interior details are designed with natural wood that contrasts the cool white of the ...

ZHA projects light on 18th century castle



‘Behaviour Morphe’ is a collaboration between Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), digital artists and computer science researchers Andy Lomas and Mubbasir Kapadia, and musician Max Cooper. It consists of dynamic light mapping projections on Karlsruhe’s Baroque castle in Germany.  The piece was created for the 2017 Schlosslichtspiele Festival, which presents projections on the 170 meters facade of the castle. Schlosslichtspiele marries digital art and 18th century German masonry to create unique works.

Behaviour Morphe’ by ZHA for Schlosslichtspiele Festival 2017

In “Behaviour Morphe” ZHA presents its latest digital spatial simulation tools used for the analysis and design of its architecture. The projection interacts with the spaces of the castle using real time data, highlighting the research of ZHA’s Computational Design (ZH CODE) on iterative systems of development.

Behaviour Morphe’ by ZHA for Schlosslichtspiele Festival 2017

Musician Max Cooper said, “ZHA's ideas and work fit well with ...

Get Lectured: Carnegie Mellon University, Fall '17



Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Fall 2017

Ready or not, it's the start of a new school year. Back for Fall 2017 is Archinect's Get Lectured, an ongoing series where we feature a school's lecture series—and their snazzy posters—for the current term. Check back regularly to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.

Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to

Check out the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture's latest lecture series below.

Sept 18
“Order, Edge, Aura”
5:00pm | Kresge Theatre

Sept 25
“Make It Alive: Beyond New Buildings”
5:00pm | Kresge Theatre

Oct 2
MY ARCHITECTURE: A Discussion on Architectural Careers in the Creative Arts
5:00pm | Kresge Theatre 

Oct 13
“Medium Design”
5:00pm | Kresge Theatre

Oct 23

“A giant oval playhouse filled with joy”: Fuji Kindergarten by Tezuka Architects wins 2017 Moriyama RAIC Prize



That's a wrap for the 2017 Moriyama RAIC Prize! Out of a competitive shortlist of four projects, the Fuji Kindergarten in the Tokyo suburb of Tachikawa was crowned the winner of the CAD $100,000 prize. The prize celebrates a single architectural project that is “transformative within its social context” and deemed exemplary of positively impactful and inclusive design. Li Xiaodong won the inaugural Moriyama Prize in 2014 for the Liyuan Library.

Designed by Tokyo-based Tezuka Architects, Fuji Kindergarten is a one-story, oval-shaped building with an enrollment of 600 children ages 2-6 — making it one of Japan's largest kindergartens. The jury expressed delight with the project, describing it as “a giant playhouse filled with joy and energy, scaled to a broad range of the human condition”.

What not to miss at this year's designjunction, the leading destination for design, arts and culture



This post is brought to you by designjunction.

Now in its seventh year, designjunction returns to Kings Cross this September (21-24) as part of the annual London Design Festival. The 2017 edition of the show will present more than 200 international design brands, hundreds of product launches, 70 tempting pop-up shops and bespoke installations, in addition to the schedule of lively talks and debates.

The show will take place across five key sites – all within a stone’s throw of each other, including the centrally located Granary Square (registration and installations), Cubitt House (lighting and furniture), Cubitt Park (emerging designers and materials), The Crossing (installations and partnership projects) and The Canopy (retail). 

Cubitt House and Cubitt Park 

Due to popular demand, designjunction expands its trade destination. Cubitt House remains a focused furniture and lighting destination, whilst Cubitt Park, a new pavilion located opposite, will house luxury accessories and ma...

New images revealed of the winning Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Terminal design



Last week we reported that the search for the new Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Terminal designer had come to an end with the selection of KL AIR, an international consortium consisting of KAAN Architecten, Estudio Lamela, ABT and Ineco, with the support of Arnout Meijer Studio, DGMR and Planeground. Now KL AIR has released a brand new set of renderings and architectural drawings presenting the new building in greater detail.

Slated for completion in 2023, the new departures and arrivals hall are expected to welcome approximately 14 million travelers per year and impressed the selection committee with its ability to link up with Schiphol Plaza, the train station, and potential future expansions. 

Read on for a project description we've received from the winning team.

UNStudio's Raffles City Hangzhou is an all-in-one destination for living, working, and leisure



Dutch firm, UNStudio, has completed their largest single building to date—the new Raffles City mixed-use development described by the firm as "a sustainable urban hub for living, working and leisure." Back in 2009, the firm opened their Shanghai office to oversee the complex's design and construction. 

© Hufton + Crow

Conceived as a vertical city, the structure occupies almost 400,000 square meters of space and will offer a rich mix of 24/7 functions. The two streamlined, 250-meter tall towers house residential units, Grade A offices, the Conrad Hotel and a rooftop helipad. The six-story podium and plaza, which has direct underground connection to the metro, offer retail, restaurants, leisure facilities and parking. 

© Hufton + Crow
© Seth Powers

The design is representative of the distinctive, sinuous style the firm has become known for. The pair of winding towers, featuring an outer layer of rotated, vertical solar shading fins, placed atop the curtain wall system, starts calmly at t...

Is that Augmented Reality in your pocket? Morpholio updates their apps to take advantage of Apple's new ARKit



Apple's latest mobile operating system, iOS 11, just released today. One of the biggest updates that should get the attention of architects is ARKit, Apple's new augmented reality framework. ARKit provides the opportunity to for Apple and 3rd party developers to create AR experiences anew, or to enhance existing applications for iPhone and iPad.

Augmented reality is relatively old news, but the fact that this framework is now baked into the most popular mobile device in the world, soon to be married to Apple's latest AR-friendly hardware, is big news. Millions of people around the world will soon have some of the most advanced AR tools in their pockets, regardless if they want it. Businesses and app developers now have the opportunity to show the potential of AR to people without requiring them to purchase expensive new hardware and software. 

Morpholio, a company that we've covered previously on Archinect, is dedicated to bringing this new technology to architects and interior des...