Wednesday, November 3, 2010



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Filefront Link to Interactive Posters -

Layar Model Co-ordinates and QR Codes

Layar Model Co-ordinates
Co-ordinates - -33.918384,151.22793

Tiny URL Model -

QR Code 1
Co-ordinates - -33.918212,151.227812

URL - layar://georssgateway?SEARCHBOX=

QR Code 2
Co-ordinates - -33.918248,151.228106

URL - layar://georssgateway?SEARCHBOX=

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Week 8 - Week 12

Week 8 – Week 12
Well what an adventurous and eventful period of time. My parents had just left for a 7 week ‘once in a lifetime’ trip in Europe and Africa, and I also endured one of the most painful and hard experiences of my life. On Monday the 13th September (first day back after mid semester break), while at uni, my lung collapsed technically called a 'pneumothorax'. 8 days, 2 operations (pleurodisis), 2 chest tubes, 2 hospitals, a few tears (I’ll admit it) and lots of drugs later I left hospital. Only to return 3 weeks later with an infection somewhere around my heart and other lung. 2 days later I left hospital AGAIN.

Now I could lie and do entries in my blog saying that I did exercises and researched things etc but I’m just going to be honest and admit the truth that from week 8 to the start of week 12 a didn’t look at one bit of uni work.

So whoever reads this I am not looking for sympathy or trying to make a dramatic excuse I just thought it would be easier to explain the situation for what it was.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Draft Poster & Text

500 Word Text:
His name is Quaddson, and he is as tough as nails, he has to be, he doesn’t have much choice. Quaddson, a dirty, over-used 7 year old quad bike, who lives in the back corner of a car scrap yard. Having been deemed, ‘not fast or new enough’ by his teenage owner Quaddson found himself found himself on the scrap pile ready to be thrown out. Then one day he was picked up by a bald, overweight man, put on the back of a truck and brought to the place he now calls home.

There is not much in the way of food and shelter so he must fend for himself. He has managed to make a home out of an empty petrol barrel. It’s not the best home for him but at least it’s something. It provides him with the essentials of what he needs which is shelter from the rain (so he doesn’t rust) and keeps him hidden from the rowdy teenage kids that break in looking for a joy ride. The yard is a scary place with lots of noises and unforgiving shadows, many things have been known to enter the deep depths of the yard and not return.

Name – Quaddson.
Age – 7.
Weight – 247 lbs.
Habitat - An empty petrol barrel makes the perfect habitat. Plenty of space to move lots of dirt and grime to rub against.
Lifestyle - Enjoys particularly dirty and oily places. Spends the days using plenty and energy and power moving and racing around. He enjoys coming first and winning while he also enjoys releasing the throttle and travelling at his max speed.
Appetite - Prefers Premium Unleaded but if hungry enough will have ethanol 10% (E10).

Surrounding Habitat/Environment:
The habitat surrounding the home is very messy, typically what you would expect when visiting a scrap car yard. Empty barrels, old tyres, burnt out cars and general rubbish are everywhere. Thick dense scrubs and trees surround the compound while inside tall grasses and weeds are growing everywhere. The surrounding is meant to feel untidy and forbidding as I want to convey the feeling of loneliness and mystery.

Quaddsons’ home is essentially an old empty oil barrel. The barrel is placed on its side half secreted into the dirt. From the outside the barrel looks old and uselessbut on the inside there are spare tyres, lights to provide warmth and protection, oil marks line the floor and in the middle there is a car hoist which is what Quaddsonsleeps on.

This project consists of many different sources all used together to hopefully synthesise and effectively communicate my ideas and thoughts. The surrounding environment was created in Crysis Sandbox 2 Editor. This program was used because it is really good for creating complex environments, it is extremely easy to use and there are plenty of features available. The home environment used for the still image captions as well as the AR environment was done using 3DS max. Once again 3DS max was used because it has lots of features and options available. Also it is possible to create really good renders and use really nice textures.

Draft Design:

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Draft Poster Grid

Below is a draft poster layout that I drew up. I was looking at different posters and advertisements on the train home and judging what I liked and thought worked well and what doesn't. Below is something that I thought I could work with and develop.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Architect: Louis Kahn - Phillips Exeter Academy Library

Phillips Exeter Academy Library

Inside View

Looking up at the ceiling

View from the ground floor


Ground Floor Plan

Level Floor Plan

Section of the Building

Building from the outside

Building Information:

The Phillips Exeter Academy Library at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, New Hampshire is the largest secondary school library in the world. Its most notable feature is a dramatic atrium with enormous circular openings that reveal several floors of book stacks.

Kahn accordingly made the building's exterior relatively undramatic, suitable for a small New England town. Its facade is primarily brick with teak wood panels at most windows marking the location of a pair of wooden carrels. The corners of the building are chamfered (cut off), allowing the viewers to see the outer parts of the building's structure. A shadowed arcade circles the building on the ground floor.

A circular double staircase built from concrete and faced with travertine greets the visitor upon entry into the library. At the top of the stairs the visitor enters a dramatic central hall with enormous circular openings that reveal several floors of book stacks. At the top of the atrium, two massive concrete cross beams diffuse the light entering from the clerestory windows. Because the stacks are visible from the floor of the central hall, the layout of the library is clear to the visitor at a glance, which was one of the goals the Academy's building committee had set for Kahn.

The central room is 52 feet (15.8 m) high, as measured from the floor to the beginning of the roof structure, and 32 feet (9.8 m) wide. Those dimensions approximate a ratio known as the Golden Section, which was studied by the ancient Greeks and has been considered the ideal architectural ratio for centuries. The circle and the square that are combined so dramatically in the atrium were considered to be the perfect geometric units by the ancient Roman architect Vitruvius. He also noted that the human body is proportioned so that it can fit in both shapes, a concept that was famously expressed with a combined circle and square by Leonardo da Vinci in his drawing Vitruvian Man.

The placement of carrel spaces at the periphery was the product of thinking that began years earlier when Kahn submitted proposals for a new library at Washington University. There he dispensed with the traditional arrangement of completely separate library spaces for books and readers, usually with book stacks on the periphery of the library and reading rooms toward the center. Instead he felt that reading spaces should be near the books and also to natural light. For Kahn, the essence of a library was the act of taking a book from a shelf and walking a few steps to a window for a closer look: "A man with a book goes to the light. A library begins that way. He will not go fifty feet away to an electric light". Each carrel area is associated with two levels of book stacks, with the upper level structured as a mezzanine that overlooks the carrels. The book stacks also look out into the atrium.