Machine for Architecture Production

Since the tutorial on Tuesday I have been working on a view, but also drafting some camera images of the other potential views.

The significant views to sell the project will be:

1 Revolution Launch – the testing ground, a view from within the cabin as you ride the slow ascent to the top of the site around the one to one build

2 Pro Perception – the view toward the testing station from the switchback rail where the architect can monitor scale,  materiality and perception in context

3 Skyline Explorer – the highest point at the edge of Coney Island with a view to the Manhattan skyline to test models and advance the design

4 Metropolis – the Manhattan Development, prototypes brought into location by the roller coaster

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Revolution Launch  – this image when rendered/collaged will have the corresponding image of the build shown in the view  Metropolis to ensure continuity and understanding

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Pro Perception draft – this image when rendered/collaged will have the Coade Stone Monument as a test build, half in situ and half being conveyed on the roller coaster.

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Alternative Pro Perception draft

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Alternative Pro Perception draft

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Alternative Pro Perception draft

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Metropolis (draft)  I wanted to keep the candy floss colours of this render and collage in the facade detail, however, after many attempts I could not get the detail onto the image without losing the quality of the original colours.  So I decided to try and bring the Manhattan life to the image, as shown below…


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Metropolis – this image shows the build taking place in Manhattan, the cabin making the slow ascent, and another cabin swooping down. (the swoop was added to show the different tracks more clearly.  The panels are being carried along the conveyor underneath the tracks.  At this stage the of the construction the main hoist and crane elements are within the framework, hence the  calm streetview.  I have done a test print and it has worked well (at A4)  I will see how it prints at A3 and A2.  I think the view needs to have some hoarding around the base of the build as a site restricted boundary so that it looks more believable, at present its open at the base level and certainly wouldn’t be that clean.

The view below is still in need of adaptation.  If you recall we had said the it will have a hand operating the monitor, and I will be changing the site view to be a test build of Frank Gehry Walt Disney Headquarters building.  So the panels on the conveyor and the site image will change.  I think because this image is so different to the other views and also because it is highlighting the ‘Machine for Architecture Production’ in terms of the system being used by any architect for any building, I will place this as the final page within the Manual with an accompanying statement in conclusion. The views above can then be seen as the promotional/souvenir set.

Machine for Architecture Production

… this is just a quick drawing and render that I have done of the capsule  which is included on the Metropolis image.


A simplified line drawing of this will go onto the drawings we spoke about the other day – Mode of Transport and Speed.

I have sourced some fabulous paper for the manual so really pleased about that, collected it today.


The structural model without and with the panels.  This shows just one section of beam supported on the four columns, the next section of beam would be connected to this one, all connections pinned at the bank of four columns, the beam (at the end with just two columns) would then slide into position with the next section of beam, thus allowing the joint to move (expansion) similar to that of a railway track.  I will be tidying these images up in Photoshop and they would be on the inner leaf of one of the fold out pages in the portfolio, along with a drawing which shows the load paths.  I aim to have the page in a style similar to that of the exploded axonometric.


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this is just a perfect shadow of part the model ! Shadows cast, cold be another test on the roller coaster route! :-))

To Do:  

finish Axonometric

Construction sequence-timeline drawing/diagram

Structural Drawing & Details (track and conveyor system) (sliding beam connection) load paths, ghosted view of cabin showing materiality-glass, aluminium, steel, oak

Cabin, Structure and Track Taxonomy drawing/diagrams

Cabin Interior Programme – fitout drawing  (singular, multiple people/activities) environmental qualities -natural ventilation, solar shading

Docking station taxonomy

View Machine for Architecture Production

Configure Preamble Booklet &  Design Diary

Revise portfolio sheets + site location sheet

View – Revolution Launch

View – Pro Perception

View – Skyline Explorer

any comments on the to do list would be appreciated, thankyou.





3 thoughts on “Machine for Architecture Production

  1. Good titles! They really feel appropriate to the rollercoaster proposal. Will you also annotate with descriptive text like you have here, to let us know what function in the design process is being investigated at each of these points in the rollercoaster’s journey? I like how the Coade stone monument sneaks in.
    Image 4 looks good and successfully evokes the rollercoaster in context, but this will stand out quite differently to the others, along with the final image it is quite different. How about hybridising the detail of the last two and the colours of the others. You could add a little detail to the others and adjust the colours of all including the collaged parts in photoshop to bring within your candy floss range. Just see how you can find a little more consistency throughout the sequence. You are getting into your stride with the appropriate tone of aesthetics, so be confident in bringing a little more to cohere the sequence.
    The image here is quite blurry and I can’t fully make out the cabs and facades. As you say, test print and make sure that all is clear. The facades and cabs are relatively small here so use annotations to let us know what we are looking at / for. Hoarding is a good idea – in an appropriate level of detail or reduction to suit the final image, this will help to direct our view towards understanding this as a construction site.

    I don’t think the drawing and render of the capsule that you mention is here (?) Also, be consistent – you sometimes refer to it as a cab or cabin and sometimes as a capsule. Pick one and use throughout.

    For the structural drawing, how will you convey the information that you provide here in the text? Is it through a supplementary detail such as a line drawing, or by adding annotations and perhaps arrows? (Both very small and fine in a consistent font to your other annotations to provide the information that you give here in the text). I like the photographs of the model and so would not encourage you to clutter it. Maybe any additional information surrounds it and refers in rather than being laid over it, see how it looks.

    The shadow photograph is strong, use it! As you suggest if there is time to bring it in, otherwise as an evocative image to illustrate something about the project. I also thought that the shadows on the views are nice, they seem to provide a good sense of scale, keep these in any further reworking of the views.
    The to do list – what is the design diary? Surely your portfolio is your design diary, no? What is View Machine for Architecture Production? Is this an overall view? That might not be needed with the multiple views and plan. And it might not be possible, what view would you take to get the whole thing in?
    It all looks achievable if you work smartly, seeing where single drawings can do multiple jobs for you with clever annotation – or working up certain details. Remember the construction axo that we discussed on Tuesday and how this can be used for lots of details such as the construction sequence – so that’s the first two jobs in your list working together. And take from what you have already got. Base on templates, colour schemes, etc of other drawings so that you are not reinventing each time. Don’t burden yourself with more work than you need to.
    Looking forward to seeing the whole rich abundance when brought together for submission!

  2. Hi thanks for the comments, very exciting!

    I have just uploaded the cabin image which I had forgotten.

    With reference to the structural model, yes I had intended to do a line drawing detail 1:10 of that connection joint, and also the glass/steel frame connection for water tightness. Delicate and in keeping with the axonometric. Finally finished the axonometric today although just annotation the key parts onto the drawing. I think in the manual I will need to blank this out on the small version and have a separate panel of annotation on the page so it is readable.

    I won’t be doing the design diary anymore, I had intended to do it to include the mass of research and process I had done for technology, but as you say, enough should and will be shown in the portfolio.

    The view of Machine for Architecture Production, I meant the image of the Wakom which shows Frank Gehry building taking place, but I think as you say it may not reflect the whole process, so I will keep it as one of the separate views.

    Your comments about annotation for cabs and facades, do you mean to put annotations onto the final views? or do I have copies of the views as part of the manual at the back and have annotations on those, leaving the A3/A2 views just as the separate images?

    I had uploaded the candy floss images, and the rendered images as either or, only because I had great difficult in putting detail onto the candy floss image without losing the candy floss colours which is why in the end I did the collage render view (No 4) . I’ve tried a number of ways to keep the candy floss image but it just ins’t working. I will try again as I prefer that aesthetic to the No 4.

    I’m just very worried about the time it will take when I have so many other drawings still to realise.
    The axonometric has taken an unbelievable amount of time. Although, I do think it looks great!

    I am trying to source a printer that will allow me to use the paper I have bought, the printer I had intended, quality very poor. So this is a pest to deal with in the time frame left 🙁

    1. I have tried again looking at how I can get the candy floss/detail image. I have uploaded a ‘very quick’ trial. The detail is not a crisp as the original photo images, but I think it conveys the fun element and also hints at the 50’s world fair images I trialed back in the beginning of this semester. Obviously as it is extremely quick test its not the quality it should be, but in essence I think this is the aim I will go for the final views.
      Thanks again for your advice, really appreciated. Had a lot of FUN coming up with the roller coaster names too :-))

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