Graphic Architecture

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Sep 272011

Pin-up and Something Together are located at The Compound Interest: Centre for The Applied Arts – 15-25 Keele Street, Collingwood, VIC 3066, Melbourne, Australia.

Wednesday – Friday 11am – 6pm Saturday 12pm – 5pm


Pin-up welcomes Warren Taylor of The Narrows as curator for Graphic Architecture. The exhibition features local and international contributions of resonant printed material connected to the file of architecture. Curated as a series of ‘clusters’, the collection reveals key moments where the relationship between architecture and the printed form have combined to communicate and explicit architectural intent beyond the traditional boundaries of the profession.

The material collates a diverse range of work – each with an overt gesture drawn from an architectural language and positioned through a sophisticated graphic manner – and sourced from the Architectural Association London, Experimental Jetset, Karel Martens, Fabio Ongarato Design, Archigram, Tomato, AMO, Harry Williamson, Clement Meadmore, Chase & Galley and more.


Pin-up is a new, independent architecture and design gallery, project and event space housed within one of Melbourne’s most vibrant creative precincts. Firmly engaged with promoting local debate yet with an international outlook, Pin-up is dedicated to exhibiting, communicating and promoting architecture and design in an accessible, responsive and inspirational environment.

Pin-up is an initiative of Something Together, founded by Fleur Watson, Curator and former Editor of Monument Magazine, and Martyn Hook, Architect and Melbourne Editor of AR Magazine. Something Together is a creative studio focused on presenting architecture and design in an intelligent and accessible way through the design, curation and production of exhibitions, events and publications. Joining Fleur and Martyn on Pin-up is Emma Telfer, Partner and Marketing Communications Lead.

Pin-up takes its name from a studio approach where designers ‘pin up’ their design process in order to reveal ideas through presenting them to others and, in turn, develop a richer, more meaningful understanding of the importance of investing in quality architecture and design.

Pin-up would not be possible without the support of our Sponsors: Light ProjectCBD ContractingKetel One,Universal Design StudioChase & GalleyKeith Deverell &Design to Print.

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Presenting Architectural Exhibits

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Sep 122011

Ok, so it has been years since I have attended an architecture exhibition. After starting Presenting Architecture and realizing that I needed to be up on the state of everything to do with presenting architecture, attending architecture exhibits went on my to do list. My timing was good with the San Francisco AIA chapter’s Architecture And The City Festival coming up. The first two exhibits I visited within a week of each other were, Architecture of Consequence at the San Francisco AIA gallery, and Reclaim Market Street at the SPUR gallery. Credit should go to the San Francisco AIA and it’s Architecture and the City Festival, well thought out, publicized and full of great content, exhibits and events. Both exhibits were list only entrance for those with the foresight to reserve their spot. What is also worth a mention is that both venues are fairly new and state of the art gallery spaces, refreshing to see such top rate gallery space for architectural related exhibits with full capacity openings.

Interestingly enough each exhibit focused on urban planning solutions, Architecture of Consequence on futuristic conceptual ideas and Reclaim Market Street on ideas for Market street in San Francisco before an upcoming repaving project. The persona of each hosting organization was apparent with the more bookishness of SPUR showing visibly with books accompanying the video screens and a DIY post-it note contribute your ideas space. Architecture of Consequence naturally showcased more architectural design based urban solutions meaning urban design sometimes took a back seat.

Architectural exhibits have always been an experiment in designing presentation boards. A change of pace for an in-house marketing department to show their own design sense away from the day to day client or generic marketing layouts that need to be straightforward. I have to be honest here, that while many an image of mine has been used on presentation boards, knowing my own weakness and boring preferences in this area, I have always left this realm to the more specific professional graphic design types.

Architecture of Consequence based it’s presentation boards on a Mondrian painting geometry (B.131 Composition with Red, Yellow, Black, Blue and Grey), which although interesting in concept and working toward the goal of an integrated exhibit started the firms with a design restraint which is never a good idea and was also disregarded for the most part. This exhibit consisted of boards from the original exhibition Architecture of Consequence – Dutch Designs on the Future with four Bay area architecture firms adding to the exhibit for a local twist. Text on all boards was unreadable at the size printed with tons of text, a bit of editing and readability would have gone far here.  Using the term boards is a bit misleading as each presentation was a vinyl type print adhered directly onto the walls of the gallery resulting in a textured effect that took away from every presentation.  Images were fuzzy on many boards resulting from the wall showing through and most likely low resolution images being enlarged to much.

Reclaim Market Street was designed in a straight forward way with cardboard laser cut stencils for labeling with extremely plain but effective text accompanying a photo tinted to resemble yellow trace. While I am one to always advocate for more images, I felt that the message of the exhibit came forward beautifully and clearly with text overriding imagery. Contrast that to the AIA exhibits fuzzy printed displays and type faces that at largest were unreadable,

Both exhibits are conceptually extremely different with The Architecture of Consequence being highly conceptual and Reclaiming Market street being a community based intervention project. Given this one would think that Architecture of Consequence would have a major edge on the wow factor but with the content of each board being visually impaired and the Reclaiming Market Street exhibit so clear in design and content that it was clearly a better presentation. Visuals aside, both exhibits are totally worth visiting and well worth your time!

Architectural Drawing: How to Sketch Like an Architect

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Aug 292011

Tuesdays, August 30 – October 4, 6–8:15pm

Chicago arguably has the most beautiful skyline in North America, perhaps in the world. Learn how to rapidly document the interiors and exteriors of buildings in your own graphic vocabulary. The class will stress a formulaic approach to developing exceptional compositions using thumbnail diagrams and basic perspective. Emphasis will be placed on loose, free hand drawing techniques in lieu of technical drawing. This class is appropriate for beginners with no experience.

From the Chicago Architectural Foundation-

CLASS MATERIALS (please purchase before start of class)

-Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
-1 black Sharpie marker
-pencils – 4h/h/hb/b/2b/4b
-pencil sharpener
-white eraser
-9×12” spiral or loose bound sketch pad.

INSTRUCTOR Joel Berman, ALA, has his own architectural practice, Joel Berman Architecture & Design, Ltd.,

COST $100 for all six sessions (CAF members); $125 for all six sessions (non-members)
AIA/CES 2 CES per session

Session 1:
Confidence building simple exercises
Class overview
Review of composition and the process of freehand sketching
Class sketches and review

Session 2:
Review thumbnails as a tool for studying composition for a full freehand sketch
Use slide jackets as tool to create thumbnails
Review contour lines and lineweights
Contour line hand exercise.
Class sketches and review

Session 3:
Create 15 second thumbnails
Discussion of foreground, subject, and background
Review negative and positive spaces
Class sketches and review

Session 4:
Quick sketch exercises
Review of contrast
Drawing entourage: plants and trees
Class sketches and review

Session 5:
Review basic one point and two point perspective
Vanishing points, picture plane, and horizon line
Class sketches and review

Session 6:
Review more entourage- cars and people
Review composition
Class sketches and review

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Presenting Updates

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Jul 212011

A happy summer day to the members of Presenting Architecture!

I am completely thrilled about how far the site has come in such a short period.  We now have almost 500 members, many with Directory listings.  With Presenting Architecture’s first visualization placement for a $5,000.00 commission, listing in the Directory is necessary for me to include you for submission on project bids.

If you joined but have not created your Directory listing please do so ASAP.  If you have a Directory listing but have not added images, consider what a viewer will do seeing your ad with no images, click on it?  I think not.  Creating a comprehensive Directory listing is important as that is how the world and search engines will see you in the most comprehensive Directory for architectural presentation professionals.  Remember, membership and Directory listings are FREE!

New site developments that you want to know about are listed below.  I have much more planned and welcome all comments.

For the entire site:

Share – Presenting Architecture-Share away, the more, the merrier and by sharing the site through your social media networks, everyone gets more exposure!  The home page has a share section with easy buttons to use.  If you are listed in the Directory and have a FaceBook page Presenting Architecture has stopped in for a visit and liked your page, please consider reciprocating by liking Presenting Architecture as well.  Sharing Presenting Architecture on the web helps everyone involved use any of the share buttons on our pages.

Q&A – On the main menu there is now a Help! Section. Clicking Help! Will take you to a new Q&A page. You can use this page to get your site questions answered and to answer questions from other members. The most asked question is ‘how can I edit my Directory listing?’.

On the Directory side of the site:

Directory Images – I was asked by photographer Danica about increasing the number of Directory images to 13 from 12. I could not figure out why this question could be asked until I looked at Danica’s listing and saw the larger image with an uneven grid of 11 images below it. Realizing that Danica’s great aesthetics would be a concern of many artists, I added the ability to have 13 images.

Added categories – New categories in the Directory are: 360 degree imagery, video under the photographers section, Marker and Pen & Ink were added to the Visualization section.

CG Architect 3D Awards

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Mar 292011

Now in its Eighth year, this annual competition hosted by CG Architect is open for entries.  Unlike other more established competitions this one has an incredible amount of sponsorship resulting in over $54,000.00 in prizes including great hardware / software combinations.

Go to the 3D Awards web site and enter-















Just look at these prizes

Film/Animation Category Winner (Total Prize Value: $18,311)

Image Category Winner (Total Prize Value: $16,335.95)

Real-Time Category Winner (Total Prize Value: $15,835.95)

Film/Animation Category Nominees (1 nominee/ Random Draw) (Total Prize Value: $1,372)

Image Category Nomines (1 nominee/ Random Draw) (Total Prize Value: $1,372)

Real-Time Category Nominees (1 nominee/ Random Draw) (Total Prize Value: $973)

All Nominees (1 nominee/ Random Draw) (Total Prize Value: $692)