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.

Architect: Louis Kahn - Esherick House

Esherick House

Exterior View

View Side On



Exterior at Night



Plan Bottom Level

Plan Top Level

Building Information:

The Esherick house was commissioned by Margaret Esherick, niece of famed Philadelphia sculptor Wharton Esherick (1887–1970). The house includes a one of a kind, custom kitchen by Wharton Esherick, Kahn and Wharton Esherick were close friends and had worked together in Kahn’s design of Esherick’s studio just outside Philadelphia.

Located in the Chestnut Hill area of Philadelphia, 90 minutes from Manhattan, the Esherick house received the honour of a Landmark Building Award from the American Institute of Architects, Philadelphia chapter in 1992.

Situated at a perfect angle on a property measuring more than half an acre, the house has a striking presence. The approach features a planar composition with a textured mortar finish bisected by a strong vertical chimney, while keyhole windows framed with Apitong and placed at irregular intervals punctuate the front facade. The floor plan reveals Kahn’s refined design of two symmetrical side-by-side rectangles that allow for both openness and structural clarity. Kahn’s use of pure geometry in the facades and interior spaces speaks to archetypal references that Kahn drew on throughout his body of work.

The cubic layout of the interior of the two-story house is accented by beautiful Apitong wood and crisp textured white walls. Light streams in the floor-to-ceiling windows, reflecting and refracting throughout the open plan. As the house was designed for a book lover, the living room incorporates nearly ceiling high built-in bookcases within an impressive double-height space saturated with the natural light. The dining room overlooks the large private backyard that shares an edge with a pastoral park, while the expansive bedroom and original walk-in closet mirror the craftsmanship and tranquillity of the house.

Architect: Louis Kahn - Information

Louis Kahn was born Louis Isadore Kahn on February 20, 1901. Kahn was of Estonian Jewish origin and moved to the United States in 1905 from Estonia, mainly living in Philadelphia. He began his affiliation with architecture at the University of Pennsylvania training in the rigorous Beaux-Arts tradition, with its emphasis heavily on drawing. He completed his Bachelor of Architecture in 1924 and worked as a senior draftsman in the office of City Architect John Molitor.

In 1928, Kahn made a European tour and took a particular interest in the medieval walled city of Carcassonne, France and the castles of Scotland rather than any of the strongholds of classicism or modernism. After working in various capacities for several firms in Philadelphia, Kahn founded his own private practise in 1935. While continuing to work privately, he served as a design critic and professor of architecture at Yale School of Architecture from 1947 to 1957. From 1957 until his death, he was a professor of architecture at the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania.

Kahn did not find his distinctive architectural style until he was in his fifties. He initially worked in a fairly orthodox version of the International Style, but a stay at the American Academy in Rome in the early 1950s marked a turning point in his career. The ‘back-to-the-basics’ approach he adopted after visiting the ruins of many ancient cities and buildings throughout Europe helped him to develop his own style of architecture which was influenced by earlier modern movements but not limited by their sometimes inflexible ideologies.

Kahn was elected into the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 1953. He was made a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1964 and he was also awarded the Frank P. Brown Medal in that year. He was made a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1968 and awarded the AIA Gold Medal, the highest award given by the AIA, in 1971 and the Royal Gold Medal by the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) in 1972.

Louis Kahn passed away in 1974 in a men’s bathroom in Pennsylvania Station in New York. He went 3 days in a morgue unidentified before he was recognised. Despite his long and illustrious career when he dies he was deeply in debt. Heavily influenced by ancient ruins, his style tends to the monumental and monolithic; his heavy buildings do not hide their weight, their materials, or the way they are assembled.

Kahn was very much a ladies’ man and it is known that he had three different families with three different women. his wife, Esther, whom he married in 1930; Anne Tyng, who began her working collaboration and personal relationship with Kahn in 1945; and Harriet Pattison.

Above: Louis Kahn with his son Nathaniel Kahn (from his relationship with Harriet Patterson). In 2003 Nathaniel released the Oscar nominated 'My Architect' which tells the story of his five-year journey to understand his long-dead father. The movie travels from Penn Station to Bangladesh, Jerusalem and throughout the United States to learn about Kahn's work, his lovers, and his family.

- Dezeen Design Magizine, 'Esherick House by Louis Kahn', Dezeen,
- Britannica, 'Louis Kahn', Encyclopaedia Britannica eb
- Patricia Loud, The art museums of Louis I. Kahn. New York: Duke University Press, 1989.
- Joseph Rykwert, Louis Kahn. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers,

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Environment Developments

For the A1 poster I have chosen to illustrate the environment using Crysis. I have chosen this because I am familiar with the program and know that you can create really interesting environments using it. It will be useful in conveying my idea.

Crysis Environment Development Process..

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Final Client Chosen

I have choosen to design and develop an environment for Quaddson. He is the creature that is a quadbike.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Draft Environment 2 - Quadson

These are pictures of the draft environment for Quaddson the quad-bike.

Image Captures:

Plan View:


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Draft Environment 1 - Sitter

These are pictures of the draft environment for Sitter the office chair.

Image Captures:

Plan View: