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Arch March 2012
New students are welcomed and applauded as they walk through the Arches.
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Architectural Abstraction and Representation: The embodied familiarity of digital space
This paper argues that familiarity is the tool that enables the understanding of space abstraction and representation. Familiarity in this context is independent from embodied interaction, and is crudely based on the connection between the various similar images of space; in this particular case, virtual space. Our investigation into the nature of human interaction with space, its abstraction and its representation is based on the critical contrast between the outcomes of interaction with two vi
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The Impact of 3D Digital Modeling on the 3D Design Aspects in Urban Design Plans
Some experts suggest that urban design plans in US cities may lack adequate coverage of the three-dimensional design aspects of the built environment. 3D digital models may help designers visualize and interact with design alternatives, large urban data sets, and 3D information more effectively, thus correcting this problem. Case studies of recent urban design plans that have used 3D digital models may indicate whether these technologies can increase the quality of the plan. This research discus
Author(s): Al-Douri, Firas A., Clayton, Mark J. and Abrams, R

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11.7 Characteristics of inventors

In their classic book The Sources of Invention (1969) John Jewkes, David Sawers and Richard Stillerman observe the following about inventors, whether working outside or inside an organisation.

  • Inventors tend to be absorbed with their own ideas and to feel strongly about their importance and potential.

  • Inventors can be impatient with those who don't share their optimism.

  • Inventors are often isolated because they are
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Recursos de anima??o digital para aprendizagem de leitura de plantas [Digital Animation Resources fo
This paper discusses the evolution of the technical resources employed in a website destined for the professional formation of constructors workers throught the interpretation of plans. Developed as a doctoral thesis in the Ph.D. program of Information Technology in Education, the reconstruction of the website is assimilating new resourses of digital animation, allowing a richer and more significative interaction, acording to the principles of Piaget's theory on constructivism that oriented the
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The Role of Advanced VR Interfaces in Knowledge Management and Their Relevance to CAD
This paper introduces knowledge management and computer aided visualisation as a key in establishing both valuation and value creation capabilities in the enterprise where dissemination of knowledge and effective sharing of information through collaboration spur creativity and stimulate business practices. The paper draws an original approach for the design and development of a universal information/knowledge visualisation tool and outlines the mechanics that enable the working prototype that fo
Author(s): Ahmad Rafi, M.E. and Karboulonis, P.

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The Importance of Virtual Environments in the Design of Electronic Games and Their Relevance to Arch
Ever increasing complexity in architectural design and the need to deliver a cost effective solution requires the employment and adoption of innovative design methods. Although technological changes have entered the field of architecture at a slower pace, the recent adoption of 3D modelling, Virtual Environment and multimedia represent significant changes in architectural design, visualisation and presentation. These now include tools for conceptualisation, design synthesis, design presentation,
Author(s): Ahmad Rafi, M.E. and Karboulonis, P.

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The Re-Convergence of Art and Science: A Vehicle for Creativity
Ever-increasing complexity in product design and the need to deliver a cost-effective solution that benefits from a dynamic approach requires the employment and adoption of innovative design methods which ensure that products are of the highest quality and meet or exceed customers' expectations. According to Bronowski (1976) science and art were originally two faces of the same human creativity. However, as civilisation advances and works became specialised, the dichotomy of science and art grad
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The "Real Space - Cyberspace" Paradigm
In a chain of "real - perceived - imagined space" the computer reduces to a uniform model of only real and imagined space. It cannot undertake man's function or it cannot build the perception model. However, perception assumes physiological perception, psychological estimation and understanding, and emotional ho-experience. For a person the seizing of space during perception is constructing temporary spatial images and their development. The communicative relations of the person with environment
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Outstanding Grads 2012: César Soto
An interview with an extraordinary CSUN student we profiled in our Newsroom commencement article at: http://blogs.csun.edu/news/2012/05/graduates-4/ directed, shot and edited by Krishna Narayanamurti interviewer/producer: Carmen Ramos Chandler executive producers: Vance Peterson and Stacy Lieberman assistant editor and production assistant: Jacquil Constant music by Impact Music Library special thanks: Lee Choo and Rayetta Esquibel © 2012 California State University, Northridge.
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Prolonged Dietary Selenium Deficiency or Excess Does Not Globally Affect Selenoprotein Gene Expressi
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Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe Apr. 20 - At least 39 people are dead after a bus crashes with another vehicle in southern Pakistan. Rough cut (no reporter narration) Subscribe: http://smarturl.it/reuterssubscribe More Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/BreakingNews Reuters tells the world's stories like no one else. As the largest international multimedia news provider, Reuters provides coverage around the globe and across topics including business, financial, national, and int
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Da Representa??o ? Modelagem (From Representation Towards Modeling)
This work intends to structure a conceptual and technical referential to guide the development of the ?Post-Graduate Drawing Course - from traditional tracing to computer graphics? (DTGC-IFM,UFPel, RS, Brasil), related to the process of using the computer technology for problem-solving in graphics representation. The referential intends to evaluate the level of development, and also orientate the investments with qualification of the staff, hardware and software. This study refers only to the pr
Author(s): Adriane Borda Da Silva, A., F?lix, N.R., Magall?n

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1 Developing reading skills

John Clarke and course team member Ross Fergusson, look at developing reading skills in the context of Social Science resources, with suggestions on how to read such materials critically and effectively. The material is primarily an audio file, 11 minutes in length and recorded in 1998.

Participants in the audio programme were:

  • John Clarke Professor of Social Policy at The Open University;

  • Ross Ferguson Social Scie
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RVC 46 - Immunological Tolerance of Pregnancy in the Mare
A foetus presents an immunological, as well as a nutritional, challenge to its mother. Here Dr Mandi de Mestre describes how the equine placenta, hormonal and immune systems interact to handle these challenges and how her research is revealing the mechanisms involved.
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2.1 Building a believable world

Writing is a perceptual art, one in which images are created via language in order for the reader to make meaning. It is therefore imperative that the writer's powers of perception are alert. Writing is a process of becoming aware, of opening the senses to ways of grasping the world, ways that may previously have been blocked. Often we take the world around us for granted, we are so immersed in habit. All of our lives contain relative degrees of routine. We go to sleep, we eat, we go to work.
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Reinterpretation or replacement? The effects of the information and communication technologies on ur
The timid question ?Virtual spaces or real places?? forms the core of many debates within the spatial sciences addressing theconsequences of the rapid development of information and communication technologies1 on existing spatial structures. So far several opinions rival each other for the interpretation of current and the prediction of future spatial developments. The spacelessness ofcomputer networks and the possibility to transmit data in real-time have lead visionaries to predict a far-reach
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Feature clusters for online recognition of graphic units in drawings
Automated recognition of sketch drawings can provide the means for a natural interface between the designer and a design support system. Sketch drawing recognition is knowledge-intensive in the sense that the system must know what to look for in a drawing. In earlier work, we identified 24 different types of representations, termed graphic units. For recognition of graphic units we combine a multi-agent approach and online recognition. Each agent is specialised for one graphic unit. It continuou
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The method of research into animals living on the Galapagos
The research process involved in the study of marine iguanas and giant tortoises in the Galapagos.
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Using Photomerge Style Match 
Learn how to use Photomerge Style Match to change the appearance of one image to match the appearance of another image.
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