Book Reviews

3ds Max 2011 One Project from Start to Finish – Retweet to Win a Copy

*Update*Thanks to everyone who retweeted and entered the competition, we are pleased to announce the 3 winners:CodeDependentthesuitcasekidimagineer360If the winners could email us their address we will ship the books out asap.Sorry if you did not win this time round, we will have more ‘giveaways’ soon… *** 3ds Max is a uniquely powerful modelling program, yet…

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SketchUp 7.1 for Architectural Visualization: Retweet and Win a Free Copy

*Update*Thanks to everyone who retweeted and entered the competition, we are pleased to announce the 3 winners:elliothartleymschartley &urbanorienteerIf the winners could email us their address we will ship the books out asap.Sorry if you did not win this time round, we will have more ‘giveaways’ soon…*****As regular readers will know we are big…

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Book Review – Designing your Second Life

Designing your Second Life by Rebecca Tapley is one of those books we wish we had before we started building in Second Life. It provides an almost essential guide to the ins and outs of avatar creation and perhaps more importantly architectural construction in the virtual environment. Starting out in…

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Book of the Week – Google Sketchup for Dummies

As readers may know we are big fans of SketchUp, firstly for being available in a largely fully functional free version and secondly for being so refreshingly easy to use. Despite SketchUp’s ease of use it does take a while to fully appreciate its range of toolsets and how best…

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Book Review – Wikinomics

The last couple of years or so has seen a sea change in social spaces, collaborative informational spaces and mass sharing of media on the web, in short the web has come of age. As such Wikinomics is timely, examining the rise of sites such as Second Life, MySpace and…

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Societies and Cities in the Age of Instant Access

We are on the verge of what many are calling the “second information revolution,” based on ubiquitous access to both computing and information. Handheld communication devices will become portable and even wearable remote control devices for both the social and physical worlds. At the same time, access to information will…

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Cities and Complexity – Understanding Cities with Cellular Automata, Agent-Based Models and Fractals

As urban planning moves from a centralized, top-down approach to a decentralized, bottom-up perspective, our conception of urban systems is changing. In Cities and Complexity, Michael Batty offers a comprehensive view of urban dynamics in the context of complexity theory, presenting models that demonstrate how complexity theory canembrace a myriad…

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