Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Three Types of Greek Orders 

The Classicist Blog:
http://blog.classicist.org/?p=5490
Details of highly ornate Roman and Renaissance Columns that are called the Composite Order.

Streetscapes:
A Glossary for Architectural Rubberneckers
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/23/realestate/streetscapes-a-glossary-for-architectural-rubberneckers.html
"... as with birds in a forest or the varieties of beer, more basic identifications enrich the understanding of the network of architecture that overlays our city."
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/29/realestate/streetscapes-useful-vocabulary-for-building-watchers.html?ref=streetscapes
Read more about NYC architectural details here.

Friday, September 7, 2012

How do Architects communicate their ideas?

Essential Question:


How do architects communicate their designs to clients, builders and other trades in the planning of their structures?


Here is an interesting article that speaks to the importance of drawing by hand in spite of the use of advanced Computer Aided Design (CAD) software in the profession of Architecture.

Architecture and the Lost Art of Drawing
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/02/opinion/sunday/architecture-and-the-lost-art-of-drawing.html?_r=1&emc=eta1

"Architecture cannot divorce itself from drawing, no matter how impressive the technology gets"                                                                             - Michael Graves

The slide show that accompanies this article give numerous examples of drawing by hand.

 Drawing With a Purpose, By Michael Graves
http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2012/09/02/opinion/sunday/20120902-Graves-Drawing.html?ref=sunday

Assignment #1:
Choose one of these drawings and describe the information that the drawing communicates.


Sunday, July 8, 2012


Montage by Tomás Saraceno
"In 2010 visitors to Metropolitan Museum’s roof could climb a jungly maze of bamboo stalks. Starting in May they can moonwalk through the bubblelike pods of “Tomás Saraceno on the Roof: Cloud City,” a utopian constellation by that Argentine artist. (Shown, his rendering.)
A 7,500-square-foot canopy, designed by Giancarlo Mazzanti, in the Cazucá area of Bogotá, the Colombian capital.

"Mr. Mazzanti designed a field of large modules, dodecahedrons, made of green steel mesh and translucent panels, raised on slender steel tubes. The floating structure, perched along the side of a hill, suggests a thicket of trees, like umbrella pines, where there’s not a real tree in sight, a spectacle meant to be visible from far away."

Michael Kimmelman, The New York Times
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/08/arts/design/bogota-with-pockets-of-hope-in-recent-architecture.html?_r=1&pagewanted=3
This 3D light sculpture is set to open in October of 2012 in Madison Square Park, NYC.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ovi Maps 3D : Photorealistic City Maps


Can you find the Dwight School? 

Ovi Maps 3D
http://maps.ovi.com/3d/
This is a great site to investigate over 20 cities in 3D. The site needs a plug-in to run in your browser (I use Firefox). The 3D maps are currently ib Beta-testing but they are fantastic.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Prototype: An Experiment in 3D Tessellations

Archiable: the platform for Architecture Students
http://www.archiable.com/201102/20110228_sign_on_the_highway_bv_huibiao_wu.html

  • "In technical terms,a prototype is often a functional,simplified experimental model of a planned
    component for a certain purposes. A prototype is often used as preparation for a series production. However, it can also be planned as a single piece to illustrate a particular concept. So,what will a prototype be felt like in the view from a moving car? "