26 April, 2018

Sketchup: Artisan Tools

The most popular Sketchup plugin that deals with designing complex curves and geometry is called Artisan Tools. Many students have used it in the past to great effect.

https://artisan4sketchup.com/  here is a pdf user guide and a link to some video tutorials

UNSW Kensington Sketchup Model



Hey guys, you can download the UNSW Campus sketchup model here

15 April, 2018

Article: Luis Barragán

You know what they say about truth being stranger than fiction... this article about one of your clients is well worth the read, it offers some decisive insight into his life and personality. It's titled "The Architect Who Became a Diamond"... (and they're not speaking metaphorically!)


29 March, 2018

EXP2: Concepts


PETER EISENMAN CONCEPTS
-       A poetic destruction
-       Free the architecture from external influence
-       Fractured architecture and revealed structure
-       Weak forms are established from a formal deconstruction of a simple shape
-       Fragmentation of constructed geometry

LUIS BARRAGAN
-       Rooms are not rooms but experiences
-       Quirkiness leads to uniquity
-       Combine works with the use of light
-       Light cuts through the space
-       Some flows are redundant but are not waste

22 March, 2018

EXP1: Submission Format

EXPERIMENT ONE: DATUM
DUE: Sunday March 25th, by midnight.

Hi Guys,

The following are the minimum requirements that are required to be posted to your blog for assessment. There are two ways you can make clear which of your posts you wish to be assessed, however I will be reviewing your whole blog as evidence of your development of the experiment. The first way is to post a blog with a series of links to each of the posts on your blog that demonstrate each of the below requirements. A second option is to make a final blog post with each of the requirements below included in that post. Here is an example from a previous student that makes a good example of the first option, you can check it out <by clicking here>.

3 PROJECT IMAGES WITH AN ADJECTIVE, VERB AND NOUN DESCRIBING EACH
Do the three words work together to suggest a distinctive and significant approach to engaging with each clients work?

18 SKETCH SECTIONS
Do the 18 sketch sections communicate a distinctive and significant approach the student has taken with respect to the clients work and their relationship to the datum?

36 CUSTOM TEXTURES
Do the 36 custom textures demonstrate enquiry and experimentation with respect to ideas of measurement?

7 IMAGES SHOWING 2 DRAFT SKETCHUP MODELS AND 1 DEVELOPED  MODEL
Does the stair demonstrate a distinctive and significant approach to bringing the completed work into the showroom?

3 ANIMATIONS FROM SKETCHUP 
Do animations demonstrate that the student has thought about the relative size of each element, what their proportions are, their orientation, how texture and color map over their surfaces and how all of the above work together to establish the balance or otherwise of their scheme?

Good luck with  it all and see you all next week to commence with experiment two.

Cheers
Chris

Recap: Animations / Sketchup Sections

This clip shows you some of the editing techniques used in feature films. Kill Bill was directed by Quentin Tarantino who worked for a long time in a video rental store (which became DVD rental stores and now Netflix) and developed an encyclopedic knowledge of popular films. This might explain why he uses so many editing techniques, and consequently why his scenes are useful to film students for demonstrating how each technique might be used.  It's wise to consider the point of view shown in your animated sections because, as you can see below, point of view can radically transform our appreciation of the space.


The making of the animated film The Third and The Seventh. This clip shows the different layers that go into creating a photo-realistic digitally created scene. The take away point here is that you should think about post processing your still images and even videos captured from Sketchup to give them more richness in terms of materials and atmosphere.