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Obama Presidential Library – Vote NOW!

For the past few months Arcbazar and its partners – BuiltWorlds, CannonDesign, AIA Chicago, Dwell on Design, GreenApple Campus, Autodesk and Forum8 – have been running a competition to crowdsource designs for the Obama Presidential Library. For those of you who are not familiar with the competition, here is the background story. Back in December,…


Obama Library: Crowdsourcing Public Design

by ROB McMANAMY | On this Presidents Day, between the birthdays of Lincoln and Washington, BuiltWorlds, in association with Arcbazar, Autodesk, GreenApple Campus and Forum8, is proud to announce a fun new educational initiative that may help to shape the legacy of another U.S. president, Barack Obama. In December, the Barack Obama Foundation announced that it had narrowed its…



Arcbazar, in association with Builtworlds, Autodesk, GreenApple Campus, Forum8, and AIA Chicago, is proud to announce an international ideas competition that may help to shape the legacy of current U.S. president, Barack Obama. While the Obama Foundation awaits designs from seven selected architecture firms, we were wondering, “What sort of Presidential Center would the people design?”…


Forum8 + Arcbazar

Arcbazar is proud to announce its collaboration with Forum8, the leading tech company for architectural and engineering software in Japan, to offer Arcbazar services in the Asian Market. Arcbazar will provide Forum8’s advanced Project VR and Environmental Assessment technologies to its clients. Read more…


BuiltWorlds: Arcbazar Brings Architecture to the People

Article by Rob McManamy, You can’t crowdsource quality, can you? After a withering welcome from architecture’s old guard, Boston-based Arcbazar now is winning over fans, skeptics, and investors with its mission to bring good design even to tiny projects…. Read More  


ICON Magazine: Crowdsourcing your Dream (Or your worst Nightmare)

Article by Beverly K. Brandt on Crowdsourcing, featuring Arcbazar. “Imagine that you, a new designer, have just graduated from design school. You’re ready to set the design world on fire, if only you can find the right job and a supportive client. You’ve sent out resumes and digital portfolios, and you’ve gone on a few interviews….


MIT Hacking Arts: Is Design Still A Differentiator

Arcbazar Founder Imdat As participated at the MIT Hacking Arts Panel discussion at the Media Lab – Is Design Still a Differentiator? Moderated by Sam Aquillano, founder at the Design Museum Boston. Other Participants: Natasha Ng – Partner at Pentagram, Caitlin Mueller – Assoc Prof MIT, Jessie Gatto – Director of Design at Human Practice.


Crowdsourcing Design: The End of Architecture, or a New Beginning?

BY MICHAEL J. CROSBIE for A few weeks ago, ArchNewsNow carried an article from the Orange County Register about the increasing popularity of “crowdsourcing” architectural design. You might already be familiar with the crowdsourcing concept: using the Internet to gather solutions to virtually any problem or task from people all over the world. The idea has…


Shepherd’s Steere joins new wave of designers building portfolios

BY CATHY NELSON PRICE for the Daily News Shepherd native and architect-in-progress Joshua Steere has a leg up on the competition, thanks to his recent prizewinning design for a new home in Alaska. He did it the new-fashioned way — online. In early February, Steere, 25, won top honors in one of the competitions run…


Architects miffed at website that offers low-cost bids

BY BROOKE EDWARDS STAGGS Edan Bar-Lev needed some inspiration for a makeover of his North Tustin front yard. The yard is oddly shaped, in a cul-de-sac with a curved driveway. And it was almost completely raw, with a small patch of grass and lots of weeds. A far cry from the English-style garden Bar-Lev and…


Alaskan home plan wins big for Baker College grad from Grand Blanc

By Sarah Schuch | “A design for an Alaskan house made of wood, stone, a vegetated roof and walls that resembles bark have earned a Baker College grad first place in an online architecture contest. Joshua Steere, 25, of Grand Blanc said he thought about how the sun would shine through the house during different…