Autodesk Design Center - a gallery of innovation

In San Francisco at One Market Street is the Autodesk Design Center, an interactive environment that highlights the impact of software and technology on the process of innovative design.

The 16,500-square-foot Gallery, is the first space in the San Francisco Bay Area dedicated to the spirit of design innovation with over 20 exhibits. These include a small model of the California Academy of Sciences, a full sized Ford Shelby GT500, model of the Cathedral of Christ the Light, a huge Lego dinosaur, and the $100 laptop.

The space is intended as a location where designers can discuss the latest in technology and be inspired by others' work. Designed to achieve a LEED-Commercial Interiors Platinum certification rating, the space takes green interior design to the highest level and includes daylight and views, recycled material, certified renewable lumber, local manufacturing and renewable energy.

From another blog, Carl Bass (Autodesk president and CEO) says, "The Autodesk Gallery showcases the work of our customers from across a number of industries, including architects, engineers, manufacturers, film makers, video game developers and artists. The exhibits encourage rich conversations about the latest design software and provide an ideal environment for industry collaboration. The Autodesk Gallery is an inspiring space where we can also interact with the community-schools, industry groups and local and visiting designers."

I have been to the Gallery several times for design industry events and wanted to share some of the cool technology the Design Center showcases. Here are some videos I took from my past trips.

Interactive 3D Magic Mirror Exhibit

Virtual Cinematography Exhibit

Augmented Reality Exhibit

Touchscreen Exhibit

I look forward to returning to follow up on the curator's offer of meeting the engineers of the center's Augmented Reality and Interactive 3D exhibits. For those in the city that are into 3D or just want to experience cool technology, or look at innovative design, visit the Autodesk Design Center. It is open to the public on the first Wednesday of each month from 1 to 5 p.m.


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