Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Sketch up a village using Energy3D

 Energy3D is our signature software program for designing and making buildings. It actually can be used to sketch up a street or a village. The three images in this post show this capacity.

With the built-in heliodon, students can study if a new construction will cast a large shadow on a neighboring building and affect its daylighting (be nice to your neighbors :-)). Students can also take a virtual walk of the street they design to feel about it. The villages can be uploaded to the web and shared with others.

They can even "print out" the entire street to assemble it. The example shown in this post has 68 pieces to assemble, probably not too much for a class of 20 students. Collaborating on designing and building a village may offer some great opportunities of learning to everyone.

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