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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Scanning of work produced at collaged workshop

We suggest that you scan your collage work which was left on the walls from  yesterday (for your individual portfolio).

Kilian posted the following technique on how to do that with the A1/A0s on Facebook:

Use tracing paper to overlay the collage, making both sides smooth. This is so that the scanner in the print room doesn't rip the loose pieces of paper in the feeding process.

I'm pretty confident that tracing paper comes out transparent in the final scan, but you can always edit the contrast in photoshop.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Bending, Skin, Joint

Please revisit the PDF  from our three lectures at our drop box, and think how all the techniques could be applied to your new 1:1 prototype design.


Thursday, 25 October 2012

Thu 1 Nov - Y3 Technology Research Preview

Technology Research Preview (10% of Module U30073)

Next week we will be expecting to see the first part of your Technology module, the ‘Research Preview’. This year it will take the form of a ‘Sketch Box’ which will be a presented on the table for discussion.

The RESEARCH PREVIEW is a studio presentation comprising the following:

 1. An edited Sketch Box with images, prototypes, samples, precedents, sketches, experiments, photos, quoted research texts, of the research carried out on a Material and a Process of your choice.

 - The sketch box does not have to be site specific but aims to form the basis of your knowledge development in understanding materials and process.
 - Your choice of material should be relevant to the studio design themes and should be an in depth exploration of the variations of the material, its origins, historical uses and applications.
- You should identify its use in construction structures and environmental considerations through precedent.
 -Consider how your material might benefit from a creative or inventive way of application in architecture.

2. A brief statement which demonstrates your knowledge of your material and process of choice.

Later, in compiling the exploration study itself, you are not restricted to that which you anticipated in the technology preview. It is inevitable that you will include data whose relevance you have not predicted, or it may even be that the main thrust of the report is amended to take account of a change of strategy in your studio work. It will be important, however, that you record the reasoning behind such a shift in direction as a critical part of the design process.
Feedback will be given by technology and unit tutors during the review. A simple assessment sheet will be provided based on the sample in this document.

For more information on Assessment refer to Module handbook  U30073, which includes the Assessment and Feedback Form, which we will be marking against, this will show you the expectations we have for the preview.

Nicola Richardson
Unit  A Technology Tutor

Technology Research Preview feedback sheet (marking criteria) LINK

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Mon 29 Oct - Collage workshop - start 10.00 am

We will be doing a collage workshop next Monday 29 Oct.
This will happen in the studio and will last all day.

Please prepare and bring the following things:

per group:
3 x A1 sheets of paper
1 x A1 sheet of tracing paper
scissors, cutter, blue spray-mount, masking tape, etc.
drawing-equipment: pencil (B-range), pen, ruler, etc.

each individual of the group:

- b/w printouts of "hidden line drawings" of your single component(s) as well as of your "assembled multiples" (e.g. from rhino model) in a 30/30 degree isometric (print this in three different sizes S/M/L on A4 paper)

- 30/30 degree "isometric-ish" b/w photo of physical prototype /  1:1 mock-up as well as of "assembled multiples"  (print in three different sizes S/M/L on A4 paper)

Please also read Ben Nicholson's essay on Collage-making before Monday in preparation.
We have uploaded this to the dropbox (folder 04_reading)

How to do a isometric in Rhino version 4 LINK
Rhino version 5 has an in-build function

Carsten + Emu

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Prosthetic Aesthetics by Lawrence Lek

Lawrence's site shows his prototype and it's performance in the urban context.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Rhino Lesson

It's good that everyone start using Rhino.
Here is good tutorial of Rhino, making Eames bent ply chair : )
This blog is quite good, and it covers quite advance level.

Here is the link


3d body to 2d skin technique

Thinking through making

Here is video of my friend Lawrence Lek.


Sunday, 14 October 2012

Niiiice moulds

Associated Fabrication

LINK to AF material collections

Saturday, 13 October 2012

case studies

Can everybody please upload (or e-mail us) your 5 pages of threshold case studies, so we can start to put together the catalogue... (as per pin-up this Monday) format: pdf    resolution: 150 dpi

Tuesday, 9 October 2012



Monday, 8 October 2012


Friday, 5 October 2012

Mon 8 Oct 10.00 lecture_02

We will have a short session at the workshop after the lecture in the morning.

Afternoon is a pin-up about your 5 threshold observations. Please print A3. Threshold drawing criteria check-list:
- type/role
- materiality
- form of interaction
- users / entities
- experience
- atmosphere
- network
- operational time
- programme
- problem?
- locals say: "......"

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Plywood Love

We will start working with plywood from next week.
I thought this is a sweet introduction of plywood worth watching... 


Monday, 1 October 2012

Thu 4th Oct 10.00 Y2 Tech Case study introduction

Nicola Richardson (your technology tutor) will give an introduction on all aspects related to the case study building you will visit the following week. Location: unit A studio, approx. 30 mins. Attendance essential. Y2s only!

Y2 case-study building:
Student Accommodation, Somerville College, Oxford, Niall McLaughlin Architects