Thursday, 31 March 2011

Site Model - scale 1:200

Have a look at some of my photos of my 1:200 scale model. It's of my designated area at Jubilee Gardens. I positioned it with the right orientation and sunlight to get the effect of light/shadow on the site. 

It took me just over a day to complete. Materials used include timber (ply, skewers, toothpicks), card, cloth, paper, plastic, polystyrene, thumb tacks, pins, grass, drinking straws, masking tape and glue. 

On another post I'll post photo montage ones where people and background scenery have been inserted after Photoshop work. If you see a little black rectangle standing alone that's my mock person giving people scale for when I work them in Photoshop.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

1:200 Plan - Rendered

So here it is, the finished plan at scale 1:200. This is before I got feedback on it from our expert lecturers. I have some adjustments to do to make it 'final'; like bringing down the intensity of the grass and the paving as it stands out too much. Also, I think I can make some improvements to my trees as well so I'll go through it and try to raise the bar somewhat. Again, a work in progress building up to the big crescendo at the end of the term. 

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Canvas sails - Color!

This is some of the rational behind my use of particular colors for the canvas sail shelters. A bit of Primary and Secondary melding...Red & Yellow = Orange; Blue & Yellow = Green. Cool and Warm on different sides of the exhibition thereby giving a different visual experience, just by use of mass color - 125 sqm of vivid colour! What a view that must be from overhead - the London Eye and the Shell Center. 

  Below: the architectural shelter of canvas sails as seen from above.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Urban Beach - Photoshop illustration

I took my scanned sketch and built up on it in Photoshop to get a feel for how it might look when complete.

You can just feel the breeze and sunshine as you lick the ice cream running down your hand...

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Urban Beach - Sketch

In keeping with my Tropical/Carnival theme I implemented (just managed to squeeze in) an Urban Beach just before the design freeze. This is a sketch design of it...picture this though...sun is shining; weather is bright; sand is in between your toes; your sunglasses are on; you find shade under the Trachycarpus; have an ice cream, and look out across the vistas to Big Ben and Houses of Parliament...this is my Urban Beach design proposal.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011


Thought I'd post some rendering that I did some time ago in preparation for rendering our 1:200 plan. For some of the green colored penciled rendering I'll probably use for the London Planes on Queen's Walk, and also for the Cherry trees connecting Belvedere Road and Queen's Walk. The autumn colored ones I'll apply for Acers, Liquidambars and other trees with autumnal effect. The pastel ones need some more work and range of greens to look promising, especially when rubbed in but I think the felt tip failed. I'll probably do some more pastels and colored pencils to fine tune the look that I'm aiming for...and I like coloring too, except my fingers suffer. Insert 'No pain, no gain' here.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Cool concrete!

By 'cool' I don't mean the temperature but by innovative designs. I came across these products/designs while doing some material research. The links below are both along the lines of being sculptural and patterned designs for concrete, but different tin their design. It puts a creative twist to the use of concrete with varying applications.

Bespoke concrete design solutions for walls, floors, work surfaces and furniture. My thoughts - innovative and contemporary with a host of interior and exterior applications. Good range of patterns.

Bespoke concrete sculptures and casts. My thoughts - creative and artistic, again with applications for both indoor and outdoor purposes. The friezes should take on even more depth as they age and get weathered over time.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

The most picturesque football stadium, ever?

I came across this recently and thought it would be good to share: the proposal for the new Municipal Stadium of football club AC Siena. What a fantastic stadium design by Marazzi Architetti that really embraces the topography of Siena despite seating 20,000 spectators. 

From a design perspective, it seamlessly melds with the rolling undulating Tuscan landscape. It truly is mesmerizing-especially for someone who has visited quite a bit of football stadiums around the UK and Italy-I've never seen anything near this and screams 'context' at you. It just 'fits' so well, and probably won't have the same impact in an urban setting with lots of vertical elements. Or can it - can the car park at Jubilee Gardens take on a similar design; perhaps a structure in the gentle hills of Caverley Grounds? 

It is also an interesting multipurpose facility with some good images in the presentation. I quite like the '50% opacity' Photoshop figures showing human scale in the scheme. There's also a topography model to accompany the design that speak volumes (pun intended!). See attached.

The design, note design, is in the final drawing stages and appears extremely sensitive to its surroundings. I've been to Siena before in Tuscany before and it is truly a wonderful place...the character of the city and province will be truly held intact with this design. Bravo!!

See the links below for further details and images.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Important - Acute oak decline (AOD)

The majestic oak tree, a lasting symbol of 'Englishness', is under grave threat from a mysterious disease that has been likened to the Dutch elm epidemic. The oak is commonly used as a symbol of strength and endurance and has assumed the status of England's nation emblem. The virulent infection, called acute oak decline (AOD)  causes black fluid to seep out from cracks in the bark. It it thought that the iconic tree could die out. For more information on the disease see here.

Action is required. If you can spare a few quid to donate, Woodland Heritage has set up a fund to pay for research and combating the disease.