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Modern Technology Gives "Architectural Rendering" a Faade-lift

May 10, 2008
Modern technology brings architectural design into the twenty-first century with digital-visualization software designed to enable 3D architectural renderings - at a fraction of the cost of 2D images.

In the first century B.C., the Roman architect Marcus Vitruvius penned De Architectura, the classic multi-volume work on his craft - a work that has stood the test of time and is still prized by modern architects for its all-inclusive treatment of architectural principles and standards.

But shove over, Vitruvius! Gone are the days when draftsmen and architects hunched for endless hours over drafting tables, painstakingly adding detail after intricate detail to their architectural renderings.

Architecture incorporates more than just a building's exterior; it encompasses the interior environment and its overall flow, as well. You should use your space to its best possible advantage; and, like professional developers, realtors and architects, you should consult a professional design firm to handle your updating or renovation design work.

But you shouldn't trust just any firm - you need a company that can provide you with the most photorealistic architectural renderings modern technology can yield. You need a firm who can take convert CAD drawings to impressive 3D renderings that virtually leap to life.

An appropriately equipped design firm will have the capacity to convert CAD drawings to lifelike 3D renderings. This firm should also be able to evaluate your space and work with you to develop an interior concept that suits your taste and style - while respecting the existing architectural style of the home, room or office.

The design firm you select should keep our old friend Vitruvius' three-pronged concept of durability, usefulness and beauty in mind. Who, after all, wants to live or work in a space that may be sturdy and functional, but is visually unappealing? On the other hand, the loveliest living (or working) space is worthless if it doesn't adequately address your needs - or if the ceiling caves in after three weeks! Your design firm should be able to provide 3D visualizations and renderings, so you can envision the finished product even before the work begins.

You'll want to work with a firm whose staff employs state-of-the-art design technology, especially when it comes to the details: landscaping features, sidewalks and vegetation - elements so realistic you'll expect tiny people to emerge from the buildings and begin walking to their miniature cars in the parking lot!

But you don't want to pay an arm and a leg. You want something cutting edge, yet cost efficient and practical. Oddly enough, a professional architectural design firm skilled in providing 3D renderings could be less expensive than a traditional design company that drafts with outdated software - or by hand.

Oh, and lest you pooh-pooh the notion of his relevance today, Vitruvius was a man of real vision, a man ahead of his time. Centuries before the invention of the lawn mower and decorative lawn gazebos, he was on top of these things. The first of his Ten Books encompasses subjects that now come under the purview of landscape architecture.
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