Imaginary becomes visible…

The portfolio review on Tuesday was very helpful in spite of the imaginary views!  I’m glad that they brought so much joy though.

I spent some time going through the notes of what changes and improvements I need to make to the portfolio pages, I also made some of the changes while fresh in memory.  I have made a schedule of the work I need to do and when, what time it will take to work through to keep a momentum in the time that is left and so I can keep on track.

I have planned to work on drawings bit by bit so that the key elements have priority.  Alongside that I have been sourcing the portfolio presentation materials for the portfolio, design diary and models so they all work together as a submission.  I spent some time with Marcello this morning doing a test print so that the portfolio pages can be re-configured.  I was in the office yesterday so haven’t had the time I wanted to spend on my drawing but it is underway and I have found a flow now. (I won’t be working for the next few weeks now).

Attached is the sketch idea for the exploded axonometric in terms of what I aim to show and the colours, ignore the scale it is totally distorted.


Exploded axo idea - colours30042016

Attached below is a screenshot which shows the beginning of the axonometric.  Nuts, bolts, arrows, cabin frame, etc etc all still to be drawn up.


The schedule I have drawn up for the work which I need to produce between now and submission means I need to get this drawing finished tomorrow.  I’m not sure whether I should have the drawing in the delicate lines, which will compliment the drawings I have already done in the fine line and colours, or whether I should put it into photoshop and blockcolour some of the components.

For Tuesday I aim to have this drawing complete, one of the Conceptual Views complete, a Technical Detail, and the Preamble to the Portfolio.

3 thoughts on “Imaginary becomes visible…

  1. Having a schedule of what you need to do from now until the submission sounds great – and probably a good way to feel like you are on top of things without feeling overwhelmed – which can often be unproductive. I like how the line drawings are developed using colour to imbue it with a sense of fun, but with the delicate linework allowing us to see the technical details – I don’t think you need to block colour them since they might feel too heavy but its hard to tell from the pixelated screenshots – keep going with them as coloured line drawings (also less time consuming than creating fills which runs the risk of looking cartoony if not done strategically) and we can discuss on Tuesday.
    The exploded axo can work well for you to show the rollercoaster cabin’s relationship to its internal structure and the track, as well as the construction sequence of the track itself (which can be reversed to show how it will be disassembled) – numbering and labelling all the parts (see Dale’s drawings where all the parts are annotated and numbered, similar to the manual example I sent you) make the logic behind the drawing much clearer as well as the order in which something would be assembled.
    For inspiration, look at this project by Eleanor Dodman where she takes the generic council estate and reimagines it as a machine for image-making: – similar to how your rollercoaster becomes a sort of machine for the production of architecture (could be the beginning of a good project title…?!?) Something to think about as you start to construct your views of the project – dont be constrained by the pragmatic, the normal and the known – instead imagine the potential of this new system, and how extreme, different and exciting it could be! Use dizzying perspectives that the rollercoaster would afford, frame unexpected views, and visualise how this insane and exciting project will manifest a new form of architecture. Looking forward to seeing the drawing completed for Tuesday as well as one of the views, a detail and the preamble! Keep going!

  2. Drawing the exploded axonometric is dizzying! :-\ In terms of seeing the logic behind the drawing and the order of assemblage I will be annotating it and also add arrows to aid configuration. I guess if I give more space between the structure, the track and the cabin it will also help? At the moment things are quite close. Also, I wondered whether it is ok to leave out the internal elements like chairs/lap desk etc although these elements fit to the cabin structure I think the drawing will become too congested. I thought it best to include these on the Internal Compartment/Materiality drawing and detail the construction elements of those. What do you think?
    I like Eleanor Dodman’s project, the images are really interesting.

    1. yup that sounds fine since this drawing is about the way things come together structurally and the other can be about the internal layout of the cabin and how it operates as an extension of the architect’s mind – see Eleanor’s images that collapse the scale of the building with the scale of the architect’s desk and think how you can do the same with the cabin interior – design the furniture to suit the curves of the cabin and imagine how the space can be adapted to the types of activities it needs to accommodate.

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