Autodesk makes software for people who make things. If you've ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you've experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our software. Autodesk gives you the power to make anything, but some segments of the general public are not yet aware of that.
The Autodesk Gallery at One Market in San Francisco celebrates design — the process of taking a great idea and turning it into a reality. With about 60 different exhibits regularly on display that showcase the innovative work of Autodesk customers, the gallery illustrates the role technology plays in great design and engineering. Autodesk Gallery Ambassadors conduct gallery tours as a sideline to their day jobs. The tours provide ambassadors with opportunities to practice public speaking in front of small groups. Autodesk Gallery Curator, Jason Medal-Katz, chose the title, ambassador, instead of docent because the correct way to address an ambassador is "your Excellency." Alas, this never happens.
The Autodesk Version of the Green Map of San Francisco exhibit is located just outside our executive conference room that is adjacent to the Autodesk Gallery on the 2nd floor of our One Market office in San Francisco:
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With unique global icons and adaptable tools, Green Map System has engaged communities worldwide in mapping green living, nature, and cultural resources.
Green Maps use globally-recognized icons to chart local green living sites, nature, cultural, and social resources.
Green Map System has engaged over 950 communities in 65 countries since 1995. Green Maps chart a sustainable future!
Autodesk is a supporter of Green Maps via the Autodesk Foundation.
The Autodesk Foundation believes that design can change the world and supports the design and creation of innovative solutions to the world's most pressing social and environmental challenges, so a Green Map of San Francisco is right up our alley. The San Francisco Green Map/North California Green Access provides a single information resource for the myriad of local environmental resources, organizations, educational institutions, issues, and services in the City and Northern California, helping people reconceptualize the entire regions' environmental community in a broader, collective context. The map in our gallery was designed and produced by David Kupfer (a native of San Francisco who has worked as an environmental consultant, greening Hollywood studios and productions, Bill Graham Presents, and String Cheese) and used by permission.
Kupfer created the map with painstaking detail:
with 185 items identified on its legend:
Autodesk has always been an automation company, and today more than ever that means helping people make more things, better things, with less; more and better in terms of increasing efficiency, performance, quality, and innovation; less in terms of time, resources, and negative impacts (e.g., social, environmental). The Autodesk Foundation is one of the ways Autodesk helps foster sustainability — a means to do more and better with less — for us all.
The Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco is open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. There is a guided tour on Wednesdays at 12:30 pm and a self-guided audio tour available anytime. Admission is free. Visit us.
The ease of being green is alive in the lab.