Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Filefront and Google Warehouse Links and Instructions

Link to Google Warehouse:

Link to FileFront:

Instructions for moving the elevators:
Miranda Kerr Office:
h – (Move from Ground (bridge) floor to Top Office ONLY)
j – (Move down to Meeting Space floor)
k – (Move to Ground (bridge) floor, press ‘j’ to continue to Meeting Space)
l – (Move from Meeting Space to Top Office floor)

Angela Merkel Office:
y – (Move to Top floor)
u – (Move to 3rd floor)
i – (Move to 2nd floor)
o – (Ground (bridge) floor)
p – (Meeting Space Floor

Final Submission of ARCH 1101: EXP 3

Miranda Kerr's Office
Miranda Kerr’s power exists because of her image and appearance. People who have symmetrical faces are often the ones that are considered ‘beautiful’. To represent this her office space is symmetrical, which highlights that her power is very much a superficial one that exists purely on public and media perception.

From Angela Merkel’s Side of the Bridge
Angela Merkel is a very powerful women. Her end of the bridge is basically what holds up the structure. Two large pylons heavy rooted into the ground represent her strong political power she has, while the lurching arches are there to represent the fact the because of the power and influence she has her decisions often affect many people.

Table and Chairs, Meeting Space
When the clients meet they need to share a balance of power. The table to requires this, if one of the clients leans on the table to hard then the table will fall. The table therefore requires the clients to work together and share their power. Kerr’s chair (left) is curvy, to represent he body, her power comes from this, while Merkel’s chair (right) is strong and stable, something she must be to sustain her power.

Overall Image
Angela Markel on the left. Dominating and strong. Miranda Kerr on the right. Beautiful and balancing.

Eyelevel looking out from Merkel’s Offices
The arches that reach over and grip the bridge, looking very much like they hold up the other side of the bridge. These are here to represent the power the Merkel has to influence others far away and indirectly. Essentially she is holding up Miranda Kerr’s offices. The power needed is enormous. But what would happen if she broke? What would be the consequences for a break in her power hold?

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Table, Meeting Space: Explained

The idea behind the design of the table is the same as the theme throughout the design, balance. I wanted to create the idea that in order for this table to function properly the two clients need to work together and distribute their power evenly.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Angela Merkels' Office: Explained

The idea behind Merkel’s office came from the idea that in business and politics there is division of power that works like a triangle. The higher up the triangle you are the more power you have. Angela Merkel is possibly one of the most powerful and influential people in the world so I thought that this theory is the perfect way to represent her offices. Her power exists because she has worked very hard to achieve things. To complete her roll she is quite obviously a hard, strong and intelligent women, both intellectually and physically. It is with these in mind that designed her office space and elevator. The top two levels are spaces for Merkel herself. She has views of the bridge and the surrounding valley. On the lower floors are spaces for people that work for her. The elevator sits at the front of the building. When in use it acts as a visual element as it rises and sits atop the building, indicating that Merkel has just used it. It also represents the process that Merkel has gone through to reach the position she has. Like Kerr’s elevator, Merkel’s also goes through the bridge to the meeting space below. Except unlike Kerr’s there is no hiding the elevators movements. This is because I wanted to show that Merkel is a direct and swift person, her intentions are clear and for everyone to see.

The design of the elevator is triangular (to sit perfectly at the top of the building). Inside there are two chairs. These are so she can sit down while she travels between floors. Her life is very busy and therefore small changes for relaxation and comfort are necessary. Inside the elevators are T.V’s so that she can keep up to date with news programs from around the world, if need be. There is also a window so that she can enjoy the view of the bridge and valley. I tried to create a space where she could enjoy a brief moment of relaxation in her busy life and powerful roles.

Textures -
These are explained below:

Miranda Kerr's Office: Explained

The idea behind Miranda Kerr’s office space is the notion that symmetry is beauty and people that are considered ‘beautiful’ have a certain level of symmetry to their body and face. To many people Miranda Kerr is considered beautiful and the amount to power she holds depends very much upon this. Her power is very much at the hands of the media and public, as it is our (the public's) perception of her that leads to her popularity, which generates (media). So with these aspects in mind I designed an office space that followed these principles. On the bridge level there is two runways, above these two office spaces for her workers and finally above sits her office. Open plan, with large windows that over look the bridge on one side and the sheer valley cliff on the other. By looking over the cliff I have tried to represent her power as significant but also fragile. I want the large drop to the ocean floor to serve as a reminder that with great power, comes great responsibility and the fall from power can be very severe and costly.

The design of her elevator is simple and functional. Mirrors line the sides (so she can prepare and check her appearance before meeting Merkel) and it also contains windows to look out at the surroundings as it goes down. The elevator goes down through the bridge and down the back of the pylon. This is because her power relies on her looks, so I thought it would be interesting to consider that if her looks were taken away would she still have the same amount of power? No.

Textures -
These are explained below:

The Bridge: Explained

The idea that I have tried to incorporate into my bridge design is that for things to work well and stabilise there needs to be a balance of power. If the power is uneven then negative consequences occur.

So in my for my bridge I have situated Angela Merkel on the left and Miranda Kerr in the right. I believe Merkel’s power to be very large, influential and grounded, there her side of the bridge is large and connects to the ground below and the rock face to the side. Two large pillars, extend from the ground and act as a support, slanting into the cliff face. Also holding the bridge in place are 4 arches that curve through the bridge and meet at a single point near the Miranda Kerr offices. I did not only include these as a graphic element to the aesthetics of the bridge but also to represent Merkel’s power. It is supposed to show that through her power she has the potential to reach and affect a lot of people. Where these arches meet there is another thin vertical pillar.

The platform part of the bridge spans from the two large pillars on the right all the way past the middle pillar. It has a slight convex curve.

Sitting on the far right end of the bridge is Kerr’s Office Space. Balancing on the end. The purpose of this is to highlight the face that Kerr’s power is very much depended and influenced by others, particularly the media and the public.

Overall the bridge is supposed to highlight balancing power. If it wasn’t for Merkel’s end having strong and stable foundations then Kerr’s space wouldn’t be able to exist and if Kerr’s office was to disappear then Merkel’s ends power would be too great and it would fall back into the cliff. Having to much power can be a bad thing, having too little power can also be bad, it is therefore important to find and appropriate balance. Power comes at a price, ‘to whom much is given, much is required’.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Peer Reviews

As part of the second last studio session for the year, today we were required to have our work critiqued by two other students in the group. Here is what they had to say about my work so far:

Some very helpful and insightful comments, I will be sure to consider these thoughts as i continue to develop my experiment.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Draft Crysis Environments

Attempt Number 1:
Early design, palm tree island in the middle might be where I create the meeting space.

Ground level, shrubs and grass applied.

Attempt Number 2: I have figured out how to create cliffs, I might extend the bridge to meet this cliff.

Ground level, got rid of the 'dirt' mountain and the grass and shurbs and also the island, I thought that they were not need, it made the environment look a little fake and tacky.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Test Elevators

Below is a video showing a test I conducted to see how well my elevators work. I wanted to test 'distance and direction'.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Bridge Development

Bridge Design 1: The first bridge I designed was a bit of a shocker. The tutor, and myself both agreed that it was a bit of a nothing design. I can’t even explain what I was trying to express in the design, cause I don’t even know.

Bridge Design 2: The second bridge I designed I put a lot more thought into. I considered what type of power both the clients processed and tried to design according to them (I also got some advice from my tutor). The thought behind the design this that Angela Merkel has great power. She is strong and her power is large scale, effecting lots of people. ‘She’ therefore supports majority of the bridge structure. Miranda Kerr on the other hand has power that is very much dependent on the way the public and the media perceive her. Therefore her offices balances on right end of the bridge.

Balancing the power. I want to make people consider what might happen to the bridge structure if one of the clients space is taken away. If the Merkel side was to break then due to the position of the Kerr side, it too would fall and break. Similarly if the Kerr side was to disappear then there would be too much weight on the Merkel side and it too would fall and break. Therefore there must be a careful balance between powers.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

36 Custom Textures - Movement







Monday, May 17, 2010

Working on the Valley in Crysis

Here are some screenshots that I've taken with the landscape I'm creating in Sandbox 2 Editor. Its getting there, but it definatly needs more development and work.

Friday, May 14, 2010

The Valley

The valley that I have chosen for the clients is a rather unusual one, I have chosen Palm Valley located in the Northern Territory, Australia. There are a few reasons why I chose this valley. They are:
1. Its location is remote, which is what I want. I want the bridge and spaces to act as a retreat for the clients as they both lead very busy and chaotic lives.
2. Its beautiful landscape that will allow me to experiment with Crysis a lot.
3. Its a very unique part of Australia that not many people in Australia, let alone the world know about.

Here is some brief information that I sourced from http://images.travelpod.com/users/jorgengelen/4.1163430000.18-palm-valley.jpg

'Palm Valley is an ancient wonder found within the Finke Gorge National Park, 138 kms west of Alice Springs in Australia’s Northern Territory. The valley is named for the 1200 mature and 12,000 immature Red Cabbage Palms growing here, and no-where else in the world.

The first Europeans to find this desert oasis were the early inland explorer Ernest Giles and his party in 1872. They were following the dry Finke River bed, which at 250 million years is acknowledged as the oldest river in the world. The traditional owners are the Aranda people who still live in the area and hold ceremonies at important sites.

Today we re-trace these early steps to enter the area along the dry riverbed. When rains fall, the river often floods again, making the road impassable. This area is known as Cycad Gorge and you can see resilient ferns and plants clinging onto the rocks. Further in are crystal clear rock pools surrounded by white sands and softly shaded greenery.

Although the Cabbage palms are the most iconic species in the valley, the Finke Gorge National Park contains 460 documented plant species. This list includes MacDonnell Ranges Cycads, River Red Gums, Bloodwood Trees, Sturt Desert Roses and many species of grevillea and daisy, making this oasis more like a secret garden of Eden. Animals too thrive here including goannas, geckos, skinks, bearded dragons, mulga parrots, port Lincoln parrots, rainbow bee-eaters and yellow throated minors.

Palm Valley is a living relict of an Australia time forgot. In the cooler, wetter past when Australia was much farther south of its current position, lush green forest covered much of what is now desert. Palm Valley shelters the few survivors of this age marooned within a growing arid region.'


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Clients Chosen

The clients that I have chosen to design for are Angela Merkel and Miranda Kerr. I chose these two because they both quite unique individually but I believe they do share some common similarities in their lives, they are both very busy people who have large amounts of responsibility.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Mixture of 18 One Point & Two Point Perspective Drawings

One Point Perspectives:

Two Point Perspectives:

The MashUp of The Three News Articles

Miranda Kerrs Article - RED

Angela Merkel Article - GREEN

Helen Keller Article - BLUE

Miranda Kerr, Angela Merkel and Helen Keller sometimes unleashed a wild firewall but understood all too well the responsibilities that came with it and the dangers it could bring.

Prior to Sunday with more than 1000 people from across Europe, United States and NSW frustrated President Barack Obama said he and Merkel had agreed to appreciate life and how quickly it can be taken away. While Miranda Kerr said she found it particularly frustrating when people threw temper tantrums, clearly affected she said amid fears ‘getting upset won't help’. And Helen Keller was not a "bad" girl, impatient or angry, anytime amid fresh turmoil she began thinking positively and learned a great deal about the world she could no longer see or hear.

People of a strong responsibility sometimes push resolute steps to build confidence in the small hope of delivering a little freedom to everyone.

MashUp of Three News Articles Information

The link to the Miranda Kerr article -
Referenced: Joe Hildebrand, News Limited, "Miranda Kerr cherishes life after losing friend", The Daily Telegraph, http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/ipromise/miranda-kerr-cherishes-life-after-losing-friend/story-fn55yw9h-1225852012587?from=public_rss. (accessed May 10, 2010).

The link to the Angela Merkel article -
Referenced: Yahoo! Pty Limited, "Obama calls Merkel on debt crisis", Yahoo7 Finance, http://au.biz.yahoo.com/100509/33/2ct6b.html. (accessed May 10, 2010).

The link to the Helen Keller article -
Referenced: Sherrill Kushner, LA Times, 4HearingLoss.com, "'Meet Helen Keller", 4HearingLoss, http://www.4hearingloss.com/archives/2005/06/meet_helen_kell.html (accessed May 10, 2010).

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

EXP 3 - The Clients and Infomation

EXP 3 is finally here. I am very excited to look at the bridge concept as I did some work on it last year in my Year 12 Engineering Coarse. My favourite bridge that I studied last year was the 'millau viaduct' located in Tarn near Millau in southern France. It is the tallest bridge in the world and one of the largest cable stayed bridges in the world.

Image source: http://travellingboard.net/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/millau.jpg

For EXP3 here is what I know about the clients so far:
Miranda Kerr - A Victoria's secret model who grew up in the small country town of Gunnedah, NSW. She is the face of David Jones and many other world renown fashion companies.

Image source: http://www.haironthebrain.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/b-Miranda-Kerr-4f5e83c65324.jpg

Angela Merkel - The current Chancellor of Germany, Angela was born in Hamburg Germany. She is a very powerful women (some would argue the most) in the political and financial worlds.

Image source: http://www.topnews.in/files/Angela-Merkel2.jpg

Helen Keller - An American author, political activist and lecturer. She was the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Image source: http://www.ywpw.com/forums/child/post/A0/p0/pic/319-2-HellenKeller02.jpg

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Links to FileFront and Google Warehouse

The link to where my Crysis Wars Levels and Objects Folder are on Filefront is:
Objects: http://www.filefront.com/16362043/Objects.zip

The link to where my final version of my 9 rectangular prisms are on Google Warehouse is: http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=b3cbf71dca3819e3eade8b3353931655

Final Five Images

Image 1 - Close up of Charles Darwins' Laboratory

Image 2 - Overall shot of Nicole Kueppers' Laboratory
Relation to Electroliquid Aggregation Quote: 'Question: Is saving the world as easy as doing in it one solar cell at a time? Answer: I don’t know, but at least it’s a start.

Image 3 - Overhead shot of Landform and Laboratories
Relation to Electroliquid Aggregation Quote: Shows how you can come from two distinctively different elements, and travel two different and unique ways to meet at a common point.

Image 4 - The Meeting Point

Image 5 - Overall shot of Charles Darwins' Laboratory
Relation to Electroliquid Aggregation Quote: Exploring the question can working at different levels, in different shapes and spaces, influence your ideas, feelings and what you achieve with your work.