Friday, 1 July 2011

the High Line - Manhattan, New York

I came across this interesting project on recently and thought that it was so good I just had to share it. A disused train line 10 metres in the air has now become a popular elevated pedestrian walkway through Manhattan's industrial district. It's a great example of Genius Loci as the spirit of the place is really captured by this elevated urban park. I've got to visit this in person one day and the project isn't completed as yet-Section 3 is yet to be completed in the phased construction. Inspiring stuff!

From this...

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The High Line was built in the 1930s, as part of a massive public-private infrastructure project called the West Side Improvement. It lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air, removing dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan's largest industrial district. No trains have run on the High Line since 1980. Friends of the High Line, a community-based non-profit group, formed in 1999 when the historic structure was under threat of demolition. Friends of the High Line works in partnership with the City of New York to preserve and maintain the structure as an elevated public park. 

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Final Crit display

May 16th now in the history books! The day that we were working towards this final year is now behind us, we survived it. I was totally shattered from a physical point of view but it was an enjoyable and relieving day for most. I was also proud to be part of a very talented class - just looking around the studio gave a sense of awe with everyone's work on display. Compliments to my fellow students - well done!

Yesterday was a bit of recovery - was still very tired on the tube (napped all the way to London Bridge) on the way to work today though. Guess I'll recover in due course. Thought I'd post a photo of my work pinned up from Monday's crit. The layout/order on the wall will be improved in time for the exhibition as the masterplans and design plans will be moved left and in a vertical position.

Friday, 20 May 2011

Design Plans 1 & 2 - personal improvements

Here's some images of my 2 design Plans at scale 1:50 - Area 1 and Area 2. The colors are a bit saturated for my shrub/perennial planting but still my best work to date. Not a trumpet blowing statement but just that I've come a long way since my 1st rendered Masterplan at 1:500, even more so my 1st Photoshop exercise at the beginning of the year. As a Photoshop novice at the beginning of the year I think I stepped up to the plate, albeit with still a lot of room for improvement as I need to refine a personal style to make it more 'me'.

The 1st image was Jamie's 1st Photoshop exercise for us. What a great exercise for us-bet no one knew how important it was at the time of instruction. Credit to Mr Allan Liversedge for the guidance and inspiration along the way - the 'wise one'!

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Lighting plan

Thought I'd post up the image of my lighting plan at scale 1:200 - not bad for a 1st go at dodging, burning, etc in Photoshop. I wasn't sure whether the whole page should have been 'nighted' of not so I went for the conservative option as I knew it would be a strong image on the wall for the crit with it's deep colors. Full A1 in blue should do the trick but it would surely stand out.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

'Britain boasts fine deciduous trees, but the very finest are not to be domesticated.'

Interesting article here...not least for the achievement at Hilliers to grow this majestic specimen over significant time, but the closing sentence resonates.

At the beach scene of my design I'm alternating between potted Silver Birches during the cooler months, and Trachycarpus fortunei during the warmer months of the year, hence my interest in the article. When I saw that it was a potted Birch my alarms bells rang. The maples and hornbeams at Westminster Abbey for the wedding last weekend did in fact look stunning.

Have a read of the short article below.

Friday, 6 May 2011

Model photomontages

Not to spoil one post with all my model pics I've decided to drip feed you. Here are some more that helps to 'paint' the scene of the site with the new design concept.You should enjoy these as there are a few with some colorful Peter Minshall (one of the world's best designers!) Carnival costumes bringing the costume exhibition at Jubilee Gardens to life!

Monday, 2 May 2011

Site Model - Photoshop context

As mentioned in an earlier post I finally got around to posting some more photos of my 1:200 site model with people scale and site context background inserted. Plan and 'un-Photoshopped' version is show first.