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Information Technology for Designers

Wakatipu Guest House

Jack HS Bayliss
Weekly Task I - AutoCAD

Plan View Side Elevation

AutoCAD - Plan & Elevation

The building I was given for this task was the Wakatipu Guest House designed by Team Green Architects. The first weeks task was to create a plan and elevation drawing via AutoCAD. Having never used
AutoCAD before initially I found it a steep learning curve. However, once I had got a grasp on the software, the task itself was relatively simple. In the drawings I used multiple layers each with different
line weights to represent different elements of the design e.g. load-bearing walls, glass pannels, internal dividers, etc. The images shown above are the finalised plotted images which have been plotted in
monochrome at A3.
Weekly Task II - SketchUp
SketchUp - 3D Perspectives & Context
The second task looked at converting
our AutoCAD drawings into a 3-Di-
mensional model using SketchUp.
Having used this software before I was
already knowledgeable of how to do
this. After importing the drawing into
the software, I then extruded the plan
view to create the key elements of de-
sign and then added the finer details
using SketchUps drawing tools. Once
I had completed the building, I then
imported the site plan of the original
building and using the contour lines
extruded to varying heights to create
a estimated topography in a stepped
style. Finally before capturing the im-
ages shown left I made some of the
lines on the image hidden and added
fog to the design to given a sense of
Wakatipu Guest House - SketchUp 3D Model

Context, Dimension & Detail Views

Weekly Task III - Rhino

Rendered Landscape Perspectives

Rhino - Landscapes, Rendered Perspectives & Wireframe
I initially found this the most challenging task as I had never en-
countered Rhino before, so I did have to go away and look at
some tutorials for this software. However, after this I did find that
the software was very quick and neat to use. How I created the
images on this page was to import my SketchUp model and re-
move the landscape I then once again went over the site plan but
following the curves more accurately using the advanced tools in
Rhino and used the loft function to form the 3D structure of the
hill and captured renders at multiple angles as well as a wire-
frame image, I also used a clipping frame to create a sectional
version of the model.

Rendered Sectional Perspective Wireframe Front View

Weekly Task IV - VRay

VRay - High Resolution Rendered Perspective & Lighting Effects

Like SketchUp, VRay was another piece of software I had previously encountered. However one thing that was new to me was the use of vismat materials. I found these to be a very effective tool in
improoving the textures of a render. However, I did have some issues with certain vismat files not loading properly, so in future I would like to make sure to resolve this issue. Even so I am pleased
with the result and am interested to improve my knowledge of this software in the future.
Weekly Task V - Photoshop

Original Scan Edited Scan

Single Figure Two Figures Wood Texture

Weekly Logs
Lecture I - What does an Architect do? - Jonathan Bassindale 23/09/2016
The main activities were considering when in the design process IT should be used and what software
should be used in particular situations, for example, AutoCAD is more suited to 2D work, whereas ArchiCAD
is more suited to a 3D workspace. Some of the software mentioned such as SketchUp, VRay & Photoshop I
was already familiar with. In this lecture, I also learned that IT should be used to enhance a design for pres-
entation, but does not solve issues with a design, that must always be done by the Architect. Furthermore,
software should be used cautiously, so not to create a design that is limited or warped. There is very little
I was left wondering as this lecture was mainly introductory, however I have followed up by furthering my
knowledge of AutoCAD and learning how to translate a design across to SketchUp.

Lecture II - Drawing Through the Stages - Jonathan Bassindale 07/10/2016

This lecture looked at the RIBA stages of the design process to help understand what each stage consists
of and where drawing and IT can be used throughout. These stages being Strategic Definition, Prep & Brief,
Concept Design, Developed Design, Technical Design, Construction, Handover and Use. I learned what
each stage means for the progress of the design, such as what drawings or consultants are required by a
certain point in the project. I was not left wondering much as I felt the example of the Global Language Em-
mersion centre get the idea of the stages across very well. However, I went away and revised the stages in
more detail after the lecture to give myself a more detailed understanding.

Lecture III - Digital Fabrication and Computational Design - John Harding 21/10/2016
The main activities of this lecture looked at Parametric Design, a style I found paticularly interesting. I
learned that Parametric Design is all about making explicit the process of how something is made. What
this enables the designer to do is create a series of designs with small variations across the series due the
design being broken down into this repeating process. This is interesting as the warped shapes you can
create, as seen in the work of the late Zaha Hadid are almost like an optical illusion and is something which I
find fascinating. I also learned that this design process was founding much further in the past than I thought
with work such as Palladios descriptive language. I plan to follow this up by reading up on how this type of
designs can be creating within software.
Weekly Logs - Cont.
Lecture IV - Presentation Techniques of the Starchitects - Jonathan Bassindale 11/11/2016
The main activity in this lecture was the study of the presentation techniques of the Starchitects such as
Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster and Rem Koolhaas. I learned what type of imagery Architects will use for their
presentations to explain their ideas in a clear, visual way. I was surprised that most seemed to focus on a
single image per slide instead of a more competition board style set-up. I was left wondering what techni-
qiues other Architects use when presenting and I followed this up by reading up on the techniques used
by other practices such as Fielden Clegg Bradley and Team Green Architects, who designed the Wakatipu
Guest House.

Lecture V - Collaboration and BIM - Jonathan Bassindale 27/11/2016

This final lecture looked at the roles of Collaboration and BIM within the design process. I learned how the
Architects with different clients and design professionals throughout this process, from discussions with the
initial clients on a project, to acting as a design team leader and liase and coordinate with external bodies.
As previously mentioned we also looked at BIM. BIM is in itself a collaboration, though through modelling
creating a more intergrated process which is definitley a good thing, though I do feel slight concern at how
this may come to weaken the Architects role in the future. As such I plan to research more into the role of
Architects with BIM collaboration and what this could lead to in future.