Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sydney Light Rail Stops

Hi All,

Take a look at this short video explaining some of the thinking behind the design and materiality of the light rail stops on the way to UNSW.

Troy Donovan, speaking in the video, was trained as an Architect and has worked around the world specializing in facade systems. His Instagram account is @the_donnies ... there you'll see loads of beautiful drawings of architectural details, well worth a follow; we do.




Regards

Russell and Andrew 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Digital Models and Plagiarism

Hi All,

This is very important, so please read the below very carefully:

Please be aware that using someone else's model in your work without referencing them is considered plagiarism.

Also, you won't be credited for that part of your work, so limiting it to supporting models (such as people, vehicles, furniture ... i.e. things to reinforce scale and give context) is advisable. In other words, if a model that was created by someone else is a major part of your design it's unlikely that you will pass, even if it is correctly referenced.

Finally, if you plagiarize and are caught the consequences are very severe. So please, if you are tempted, talk to someone to get help or find another way.  

Regards

Russell and Andrew 

Sketchup Plugins Students are Using

Hi All,

Here are a few plugin's for sketchup you might like to try (we've not used them all, but some ARCH1101 Students are using them to create curving/intricate shapes):

1. Soap Skin and Bubble (Extension Warehouse ... under Window > Extension Warehouse > Search)

2. Bezier Curve Tool (Extension Warehouse)

3. 3d Trusses: A student in James Pedersen's group last year, Jason Yan, shared how he created the 3d trusses in his designs here: http://whatsupjasonyan.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/trusses-tutorial.html




You can get JHS Powerbar here, and s4u to Components at the Extension Warehouse.

Regards

Russell and Andrew

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Inspiration for this weeks drawing

Hi All,

Take a look at this video discussing the production of one of Sol Lewitt's artworks from 2007


Lewitt worked in the office of Architect I.M. Pei before becoming an artist and is famous for inventing Conceptual Art. In Conceptual Art the idea, or concept, of the work is in some ways independent of its materiality; in this way Lewitt can specify the end result and employ others to realize it.

An example of this is “all combinations of two lines crossing, placed at random, using arcs from corners and sides, straight, not straight and broken lines” from 1972.

While these works seem totally deterministic and under complete control of the artist Lewitt recognized that people understood words differently and made lines differently. 

Your task this week, to draw 36 textures from dark to light follows this tradition.

(Another of Lewitt's works, a series of sculptures called Incomplete Open Cubes, is also worth taking a close look at).

Regards

Russell and Andrew

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Lumion 7 for use on your own machines

Hi All,

As promised we have Lumion 7 available to copy from the Resources drive on the FBE lab computers:

You find it by going to the computer lab, logging in and navigating to the student software folder in the resources drive. You'll see a folder there called Lumion 7.x 

Copy the whole folder to your hard drive and run ...

Lumion_7_0_1_LUM7EDUFREE_UNSW Australia.exe 

... and it will install.

IMPORTANT!!!!! when you run the educational version it connects to the Lumion servers and gets a temporary licence. When you close Lumion you need to be online so your machine can give the license back ... failing to do this will make that license unusable, and as we only have enough for the people in the class someone (possibly you!) will miss out if the licenses get used up. If the license is returned properly they can be reused over and over.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

EXP2 Theme on Sustainability

Hi All,

The second theme presented as an option for EXP2 is Sustainability, below are three examples for inspiration:


Achim Menges - HygroScope - Here the timber is laminated in such a way to replicate the way plants naturally open and close due to the sun. His research is based on studying systems found in nature and recreating them with robotic fabrication - so it's a bit of a mix of sustainability and technology. 



Menges is from the Institute of Computational Design in Stuttgart and is giving a (free) lecture at UTS on April 24; see further details here.

On a larger scale and mechanical... the Al Bahar Towers in the Middle East. Here you'll see a fully responsive operable facade.


Finally, and back to the small scaled end of the spectrum again, below is a video about a project which my colleagues did in London last year - Circular House. It explored the concept of the Circular Economy, where all materials are re-used, recycled, upcycled, and constructed in a way that it can all be reused again. 


Regards

Andrew

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Class is still on the week!

Hi All,

Just a friendly reminder that class is still on this week (we started a week late, so we're making up that class in non teaching week).

There will be another task for you to do as normal.

If you'd like to get ahead you might like to download and read this article on laziness.

Regards

Russell and Andrew


Lumion 6 Available in the Built Environment Computer Labs

Hi All,

We currently have the latest version of Lumion installed in the computer labs for you to use, however there is also a version that you can copy for use on your own computers.

At this stage it is Lumion 6, but we will have the latest version available shortly.

You find it by going to the computer lab, log in and navigating to the student software folder in the resources drive. You'll see a folder there called Lumion 6. Copy the whole folder ... there are about six or so files in it and you'll need them all. Run the Lumion.exe and it will install.

IMPORTANT!!!!! when you run the educational version it connects to the Lumion servers and gets a temporary licence. When you close Lumion you need to be online so your machine can give the license back ... failing to do this will make that license unusable, and as we only have enough for the people in the class someone (possibly you!) will miss out if the licenses get used up. If the license is returned properly they can be reused over and over.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Robotic Building

Hi All,

One of the themes for EXP2 is Technology. With that in mind we ask if Robotics might be the future of construction ... or if they are the present of construction?

Here is an Australian firm with an approach that mixes the old with the new.



Wolf D Prix is one of the founding partners of Coop Himelblau a firm that has been at the cutting edge of Architecture since the 1980's (when many of their early contemporaries have become quite conservative).




And finally, a super fast 3d printer; imagine this scaled up to building size!


Russell and Andrew