Monday, April 23, 2018

Top work from EXP1

Hi All,

Below are some links to top work from EXP1.

Sam Wang from Dodie's Group

Hong Ma from Maryams Group

Navya Jayawardena from James' Group

Tech Hua Lim from Shaowen's Group

Su Han from Catherine's Group

There are quite a few more I could share but take a look through these projects, and their supporting work, for a start and you'll get a really good indication regarding how to be successful in ARCH1101 and beyond!



Sunday, April 22, 2018

Week 3 task live!

Hi All,

The task for this week is now live on the course website, access it here:

You'll also see a resource link to a TED talk. It's a short video when Joshua Prince-Ramos describes the concepts behind three projects by the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). He is a very good presenter and OMA have a very long and influential history so take a look.

When you're finished you might like to take a look at some of the other presentations on TED ... they introduce a range of topics from the fields of science and the arts in 20 minute lectures that will almost always leave you inspired; see a list of videos by topic here.   



Thursday, April 19, 2018

UNSW Kensington Model

Hi All,

Please find a model of the UNSW Kensington Campus.

I've edited it so it just shows the lower areas of the campus around our sites for EXP2 and EXP3. This is so it will run faster on your machines in Lumion.

Download from here.

After I imported it into Lumion I noticed that some of the ground planes in the model were flickering ... this is because they aligned exactly with the grass plane in Lumion. So I lifted the model up a little bit (0.4m) which stopped them overlapping and the flickering stopped.



Sunday, April 15, 2018

EX2 Task for Today and Resource live!

Hi All,

If you'd like to know what we are doing in studio this week take a look at the task for today here.

If you'd like to get ahead, and do yourself a BIG favor, take a look at the reading by Dutch architects Neutelings and Riedijk ... the link is next to the task for today and called "N+R; Laziness" it provides excellent advice for anyone studying architecture or related disciplines.  



Friday, April 13, 2018

Student Rep Meeting 01 Notes

Hi All,

As you know we had our first student rep meeting for ARCH1101 just before the break. These are the notes I took from the meeting and some of my responses; they are in no particular order of importance.

Leave comments in the section below if you'd like further clarification or have comments.

1. Some students have been having trouble with 3d Warehouse, is there an alternative place to upload our models?

Yes, from now on you can use any file sharing service you like as long as you can put a link to your model on your blog. Please don't go overboard with file sizes though.

This video tutorial shows you one way to reduce file sizes of your SketchUp model:

Also, you should be careful when creating geometry of your own. The image below shows a series of circles. When you first click on the circle tool you can type a number and it appears in the Measurement window at the bottom left. The default for a circle is 22, so if you type 12 that's going to reduce the amount of segments and, as a consequence, the number of faces in your model. Sometimes you can't tell the different but the file size of your model will be much smaller as a result.

2. Mac's vs PC's ... its an age old argument, so rather than get into that all I'll say is that all of our software in the faculty runs on PC; so if you partition your machine so it can run Windows as well as the Mac OS then make sure you have plenty of memory on the Windows side.

3. Where can students get a copy of Lumion to download which doesn't have the watermarks all over the rendered images?

Go to one of the BE computer labs and navigate to the ARCH1101 Resources folder on the course folders drive, here:


In there you'll see a folder called Lumion 8. Copy that whole folder to your hard drive or memory stick. Copy that to your own machine and double click the exe component to start the installation. It took a while to download onto my machine and a few minutes to install so you'll need to be patient.

Make sure you don't shut your machine down without quitting Lumion so it can release the license for other students to use!

4. Are students really able to use iPad's, phones or other digital drawing instruments such as Wacom tablets instead of notebooks?

Yes, absolutely. I'd like to see more of this.

5. Can students use Rhino or other 3d modelling software instead of Sketchup?

No. We're trying to keep the playing field level.

6. Why is there so much repetition (in the drawings, for example)?

The short answer is because Iterative Design works. The slightly longer answer is in the TED talk below. If you relate this to the study of architecture you might see it as an explanation for why, sometimes, the design work produced by first year students in this class is better than that designed by students in final year. It's an excellent presentation, well worth watching.

7. Where can students get additional help?

One student rep mentioned that he found the tutorials at very helpful. Many of the computational design students do these tutorials and assessments as a part of their courses. UNSW has a subscription: I just asked Tim from there how you can access the tutorials and he said "Anyone with a UNSW email can login using any of the login buttons (generally top right). Alternately you can direct students to https:\\\enrol "

I've also used which has fantastic tutorials for all sorts of subjects (it helped me out incredibly with tutorials on Motionbuilder). UNSW has a subscription to Lynda as well:

I think that's everything, but let me know below if I've missed anything.

Kind regards


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

No class the week!

Hi All,

Just a friendly reminder that week 6 is our non teaching week, so no lecture or studio this week.

It's a good opportunity for you to catch up, or get ahead, regarding the work in Experiment 2 so far.

We are back in studio next week, Thursday the 19th of April: you might recall that you can see the full class schedule in the course outline.

Kind regards