Sep 262012
 

A model by Mulvanny G2 Architecture of Panjin Plaza in Panjin, China
Courtesy Seattle Architecture Foundation

NATURAL SYSTEMS/EMERGENT FORMS
15TH ANNUAL ARCHITECTURE MODEL EXHIBIT

This free exhibit will run from Sept.14th – Oct.7th and highlight a range of architectural models, physical and digital, from firms in the greater Seattle area. Each model will exemplify how professionals at the forefront of architecture and design are considering how ecological systems can connect to technological advances in order to produce our future built environment.

Sep 242012
 

3DCAMP Houston 2012 Registration is now open!

The goal of 3DCAMP Houston 2012 is to encourage and educate individuals about the use of 3D in various disciplines; therefore 3DCAMP 2012 is returning with STEAM, an educational initiative that supports 3DCAMP Houston’s educational goal of incorporating and encouraging the blending and education of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM).

“The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Houston is pleased to help further the community’s appreciation and knowledge of the many aspects of 3D applications in our modern world. The rapid evolution in visualization technology is playing a critical role in advancing many important areas, from medical and surgical techniques to new methods of energy realization and information transmission,“ said Mark A. Smith, dean of the college. “With the university playing a critical role nationwide in these developments, it is satisfying as well as natural to help bring this understanding to our community through 3DCAMP 2012.”

Sculptor Bridgette Mongeon uses 3D technology in presentations and armature building

Rex Koontz, director of the university’s School of Art added, “Technology, art and design are converging into a significant force on our cultural and economic landscape. The School of Art welcomes the opportunity to work with the cast of 3DCAMP to further the goal of creating synergies between art and technology.”

3DCAMP Houston is an all-day event and is open to the public.  It features lectures and presentations from professionals in the arts, architecture, engineering, science and much more.Online registration will open in July atwww.3dcamphouston.com

Vendors will be on hand to demonstrate the possibilities and uses of some of the most interesting and mind-blowing 3D technology.  ”The Third Dimension,” an art exhibition comprised of 3D art, will be open to the public on Saturday, September 29 from 6-9pm.

For more information concerning 3DCAMP Houston 2012, the art exhibition, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities please visit www.3dcamphouston.com.

Media Contact:
Bridgette Mongeon 

Sep 242012
 

Show me you model

Step into the architecture model

Discover models from above, from below, from within and from a distance, from the budding idea, through failed and successful experiments and leading to the final solution.As a visitor you will be even a part of an architecture model. The entire exhibition space is designed as a model in the ratio 2:1.A real working model, where the architect’s hand-drawn lines and notes are evident on walls and floors.

“It takes a special work to step into a model. You have to lift the model up and put your eye right up to a window, so as to be able to enter the room there. When we look at the model, so we tread as Alice in Wonderland deep, deep into the model., we look at the light falling., we are looking at the dimensions of surfaces and distances between walls. It is only in the model that we can really find some opportunities that did not exist before we began. “ 
Karsten Gori, architect MAA, Leth & Gori.

Behind the exhibited models are architectural firms:

ADEPT, AREA, BIG, Cebra, Christensen & Co.. Architects, COBE, Dorte Mandrup Architects, POWER, Electrotexture, Elkiær + Ebbe Forest, Henning Larsen Architects, LETH & GORI, MLRP, NORD Architects, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, SLETH, Vilhelm Lauritzen Architects, WE architecture and CITA (Centre for IT and Architecture / School of Architecture in Copenhagen).

DANISH 
ARCHITECTURE 
CENTRE

CVR no 7880 5218 
Strand 27B DK 
1401 Copenhagen K 
T 3257 1930

22nd June – 21 October

Aug 272012
 

The architecture scale model is not dead and still has more value than money can buy! The technological advances in studying and presenting architecture should be taken advantage of whenever possible and those words just came from a visualizer who works in watercolor. Computer graphics (CG) are many and dominate most conversations on this topic and for good reason. CG visualization has gotten to the point that anyone with a free copy of Trimble SketchUp (formerly Google) can produce a walk through animation of even highly complex projects. Truth be told, in house sketch up work has taken a huge amount of work from independent artists as firms loose sight of using great imagery and in place use what is easy if not as visually pleasing or memorable.

Mark Zuckerburg and Frank Gehry study a model of proposed FaceBook campus.
Frank Gehry/Gehry Partners via Bloomberg

How does all this technology have an effect on model makers? A picture is worth more than a thousand words…here is Mark Zuckerburg studying a physical model of Gehry’s new design for the FaceBook Menlo Park Campus. How could Gehry’s office otherwise have presented and discussed their design with a client? The possibilities are endless. Gehry’s office has its own spin off called Gehry Technologies and one of their products is Digital Project Designer a 3d design program! “His office is a giant warehouse overflowing with handmade, wooden models juxtaposed with state-of-the-art architecture software (some of which is designed by Frank’s in-house team)” says Everett Katigbak, Facebook’s Environmental Design Manager.

So why then a scale model? The reason is simple, despite being able to show off a project with the most advanced tools possible nothing compares to actually looking over the physical model. Being larger than a subject helps the mind and body be able to grasp mentally and physically in a way that no other medium can do. Money, talent and resources being no constraint, a physical scale model can still be the best tool!

Frank Gehry/Gehry Partners via Bloomberg

May 232012
 

The Presenting Architecture Exhibition and Seminar Series hosted by the San Francisco Chapter of the American Institute of Architect’s office wrapped up last month and over the next few blog posts I will show some of the related material including images from the exhibition, comments and some insights from the seminars.

The last event was the panel discussion titled Presenting Architecture: What works for clients, the press and the public. Moderated by Amanda Walter with panelists: John King, George Calys, Jonathan Stern, Frank Doyle and Phil Woods. This was a rare look at how architectural presentations are perceived by clients, public entities and press who constantly have presentations made to them. Getting insights from these extremely experienced people was highly informative.  In addition to moderating this great discussion, Amanda Walter also wrote a fantastic blog  Designing Your Stories about it  on her Waltercomms Blog.

Here are some photos posted to the Presenting Architecture FaceBook page of the panel discussion

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And once again, this exhibit and series of events was made possible with the help of our hosts and sponsors.

This exhibit was sponsored by Arch , GCI General Contractors and William Stout Architectural Books.

Proudly hosted by the American Institute of Architects, San Francisco Chapter and the Center for Architecture + Design.