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Michel Rojkind
The rocker of mecixan architecture
Bija Gutoff, October 15, 2007
Michel Rojkind_Liverpool Contemporary Center
Michel Rojkind_Liverpool Contemporary Center
 
Back at the office, his designs evolve from a mix of hand-sketching, digital models and physical models. Sometimes his firm creates QuickTime VR movies, which simulate 3D objects and spaces, to help convey challenging concepts to clients. As enthusiastic a Mac booster as he is, Rojkind is eager to put one fallacy to rest. “Some people still think the Mac is not accurate enough for architecture - that you can use it for design and graphics, but you need a PC for building and construction. That’s been proven to be totally wrong,” he states emphatically. “The Mac is perfectly accurate. I send files directly from my Mac to a 3D printing machine for my models, and it’s amazing. You don’t have to have a Silicon Graphics workstation - the Mac is the best hardware around.”

Michel Rojkind_Liverpool Contemporary Center
Michel Rojkind_Liverpool Contemporary Center
 
To Rojkind, the advantages of his preferred platform are palpable. “I use lots of programs at the same time,” he notes. “My colleagues on PCs can’t jump from one to the other the way I do. I’ll be working on a building in 3D software, jump to rendering software, then to Photoshop, then back to 3D. On the Mac it’s always very fast and easy.”

Michel Rojkind_Liverpool Contemporary Center
Michel Rojkind_Liverpool Contemporary Center
 
Michel Rojkind_Liverpool Contemporary Center
Michel Rojkind_Liverpool Contemporary Center
 
The architect appreciates how the platform lends itself to collaboration. “When I’m involved in an international competition,” he says, “I may be working with 40 people all over the world. On the Mac I can send information back and forth using Skype, email, Apple Remote Desktop, and a lot of software. That allows us to actually be producing work in different countries at the same time.”

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