Project 5.0 hybridCOMPOSITE

The final project for the semester will be to create a regional landscape that will be illustrated through digital modeling, CAD/CAM models and vector/raster illustration. Each student will be assigned one of 48 plots within a 6×8 grid. The regional landscape (6×8 grid) is defined by five landscape typologies that students will be asked to research and then represent.

Landscape Typologies

  1. Urban
  2. Prairie
  3. Coast
  4. Upland Forest
  5. Marsh


The project will have three components; a digital model, an analog model and an illustration. The intent of project 5 is to frame the semester’s digital skills in terms of a fluid design process. Typically digital modeling is a part of a larger repertoire of representation tools used to explore a design proposition. In this project you will use digital modeling to develop an abstracted landscape that will be resolved through the CAD/CAM model and an illustration.

{Digital Model} 20% After defining the landscape typologies and understanding the intent of your colleagues with adjacent plots you will create a model that expresses the topography, water and vegetation in your plot. The landscape represented will be an abstraction that will be used to explore the proportions and relationships of the environment. The final digital model will use 3 materials to define each of the elements: topography, water and vegetation. The final model will contain only three editable polys with the names: topography, water and vegetation. A material library with the materials will be posted to the server.   DUE 11.21.12 @ 11:30am

Grid Assignments.

{CAD/CAM Model} 20% The digital models will be printed or constructed using one of two methods. The first method will be a direct print to the 3d printer. The second method will be a laser cut model constructed from one ply brown chipboard layers. Due to limited resources and time there will be twelve models built with the 3d printer and sixteen models constructed from the laser cutter. The method for scaling the models and creating the layers will be demonstrated and discussed in lab.   DUE 12.07.12 @ 11:30am

{Illustration} 60% The illustration will be used to define the experiential and aesthetic qualities of the abstracted landscapes. Six themes will be assigned across the plots to guide the aesthetic of theillustrations. The illustrations should employ the compositing techniques from project 3, this is a combination of modeled and rendered elements and collage. Each illustration should try to imitate reality, the illustration will be a hyper-real version of the defined landscape and the applied theme. Each student will place a camera within their digital model (with surrounding models referenced in) and will compose a view that will be used as the framework/perspective grid for the final illustration. The themes will be assigned on November 28th. DUE 12.07.12 @ 11:30am

The themes are defined using a narrative and an aesthetic. The aesthetic will be drawn from six movies, this will define the visual aesthetic. The narrative is defined by a short statement and thematic title. Each group will create a series of illustrations based on the assigned film aesthetic and the narrative. The illustrations should work loosely as a series of images held together by the narrative and aesthetic. The grid of plots now has an overlay of narratives that will be used to create the groups.

Narrative Assignments

The Meeting . How does landscape facilitate the concept of meeting? Movement through the landscape ends as a destination is reached. The illustrations explain movement through the landscape and the moment the meeting occurs. The meeting can be defined in multiple ways, a destination, two groups coming together, etc.

The Car Chase . How is the chase moving through the landscape? Who is chasing who? The getaway car is chased by a pursuer through landscapes illustrating speed and tension. The vantage point for the illustrations may be from and observer, the getaway car or the pursuer.

The Train Ride . Moving through the landscape from a fixed track in which the illustrations explain speed and distance through temporal cues. The vantage points may be from the train or as an observer.

Exploration . Movement through the landscape illustrates a broad range of experiences from the macro to the micro. The illustrations should express wonderment with the environment and use the vantage point to focus on aspects of the exploration.

Settlement . How do we live in this landscape? Each illustration should focus on the human experience of settlement, what are people doing in this landscape? The settlement may express past, current or future conditions.

The Escape . How do we illustrate the departure of an individual/group? The escape should focus on leaving from a situation where one resides based on their free will or without their consent (captive). The vantage point should illustrate a human perspective moving through space.



Due 11.21.12 @ 11:30am

1. Digital Model, uploaded to server in /project 5/models folder

Due 12.07.12 @ 11:30am

2. Analog Model, 8” x 8” chipboard or printed starch model


Due 12.07.12 @ 11:30am

3. Composite Image, 18”x24” @ 200dpi (3600px x 4800px) .jpg file and printed on matte heavyweight paper, landscape orientation, full bleed

All deliverables must adhere to the specifications set forth in the project brief to receive full credit for the project. Late assignments will be penalized 5 points per day, late assignments will not be accepted after December 12th @ 5pm.

All deliverables will be submitted on the CADGIS server in /students/project05/models and /illustrations folder and the composite image will be printed on matte heavyweight paper or alternative photo base (no glossy papers). The analog models and illustrations will be exhibited on December 9thth @ 11.30am.