IS Presentation Techniques 2

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IS Presentation Techniques 1

A check list (click images to enlarge, and click again for maximum size):

1 a, b, c. perfect presentation models and photography (NOTE: hand gives working-model a scale)
2. Information diagrams—giving details of how things work within your design, and Information HIERARCHY: use of arrows, pull-quotes and boxes that highlight important information that the readers eye should notice first. (NOTE: thin, red line-weight)
3. Details/Diagrams eg: a) a diurnal study of lighting effects. NOTE: image captions with concise explanations
b) textures and patterns
4. Location mapping: breaking down information and displaying it as clear, individual elements that can be read as layers
5. Iteritive models, material explorations
6. information extrusion—showing detail AND where this detail exists within the project
7. Macro information, eg. Site diagram
8. Sections and details of use
9 a, b. Montages with measured drawings—drawings details that exist outside the picture
10. Understanding the ground plane—what is situated above ground, and what is situated below


JetBlue terminal interior and spatial design watch here, article (old but good) here

A lesson on good design (and good presentation) here

Architect Thom Mayne, a believer in the generative method of spatial design here

Glamour, editing and the art of effortlessness, concealing and revealing here

IS First Year Lecture

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Nick Szczepaniak

‘A Defensive Architecture’

A reflection of and response to the effects of climate change. The work is deliberately allegorical and provocative.

Set in the Blackwater Estuary in Essex, the project envisages a set of militarised coastal defence towers that perform multiple functions:

1. The principle role of the towers is to act as an environmental warning device. The architecture is alive, dramatizing shifts in environmental conditions; breathing, creaking, groaning, sweating and crying when stressed. Air-bags on the face of the towers expand and contract, while hundreds of tensile trunks are sporadically activated, casting water on to the heated facades to produce steam. An empty watchtower at the top of each tower gives them the impression that the fragile landscape below is constantly being surveyed.

2. Across the estuary, a bed of salt marshes provides a natural form of flood defence and habitats for wildlife. Due to rising water levels and adverse weather conditions, the salt marshes are quickly deteriorating. The proposal suggests how megastructures can be integrated and used to encourage the growth of natural defence mechanisms against flooding in order to protect the erosion of fragile coastline areas and our most important cities. Over time, sand is collected at the base of each tower to form a spit across the mouth of the estuary, absorbing energy from the waves.

3. Internally, the towers serve as a vast repository for mankinds most valuable asset; knowledge. The architecture is a knowledge ark, which protects books from culminative and catastrophic deterioration.

By Ai Weiwei

Millions of porcelain sunflower seeds underfoot at the Tate

making of here

On Rotundas and Oculi

James Turrell new and permanent at The National Gallery, Canberra

Rome, the Pantheon

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