Work in class, first aproach and final drawing // Pascale Atsma

Architecture School of Alicante // Jose Alejo Rodriguez Cabrera

Thecniche: Isometric draw + comic style

 A lobotomy's tale
Final degree project, university of Alicante
Autors: Mari Ángeles Peñalver Izaguirre and David Jimenez Iniesta

A Lobotomy's Tale project questions the offical story about the Knowloon Walled City (KWC) trying to dismantle through four exercises the main axioms which give form to a myth. You can see the full project in this link. A lobotomy's tale.

The thecniche used for this project mix thecnical drawings and a comic style getting a really interesting results. They draw many bubbles where represent diferents actions and moments of the life in KWC. 

Casa en Never Never Land - Aylin







Architecture School of Braunschweig/Germany_Sandra Kesselmeier

This is a constructive project from the last year and showed a new building for our campus in Braunschweig, which is a learning centrum for each age. It was planed by Lilian Schweigler and Isil Tunc (both 4th semestre).
The building has got 2 characters: a representative part on the street side and a private part with a several space. The roofs have a green space and harmonize so with his environment. Inside, the room programm has an organic form. The students create a building, which not destroy the landscape - the building is a part of the landscape - outside and inside.

These aspects unite the "Braunschweiger School" and mean a geometric, uniform structure. Decorative aspects without a function are not important. The buildings are very clear and thought-out. The interior is influenced by the outside structure, because they have the same concept or idea.
This architecture convinced with his simple function and his ingenios concept. The project of the two students show us how simple an idea can be - and how exciting the result.

University of Applied Science Aachen Germany - Aylin

You see  a sculpture which consists of : 

        700 plywood boards, 
5 mm thick 
each 15 x 15 cm in size.

It´s based on a very simple but also clever and innovative idea. The wooden boards are provided in four corners with diagonal incisions. Two boards can be stick together if you turn them around about 90 degrees. The students continued this process a lot of times to became a basic form which is flexible and universally usable. It´s a develop System which makes it possible to realize many different construction types.

To realize the Idea it was necessary to check the design and the static with a cooperation between the Architecture Faculty  and the Design Faculty. At the end everything worked. It was the best work of the Subject „System Building“and was done by four students of Architecture. 

Architecture school of Alicante_ Pascale Atsma

Architect: Verónica Velaz García

At first look this picture looks like a drawning, but the reality is that it is a model made by several layers of methracrylate. Each layer have a diferent drawing on it, like a map of Alicante, some movement of people and information about areas. It are lineal drawings but at the bottom layer we can see that she used some watercolors above a photograph af the map.

Technical University of Munich - Bianca Woisetschläger, Anna Maly

The Technical University of Munich (in the south of Germany) is one of the best architectural Universities in Germany, because of this special and really important "technique" they are teaching us since we started to study there.

Our home university is famous for his drawing classes and his drawing style.
Every student has to start drawing in the first semester, where you have to learn the basics. In the second semester you go outside and learn to draw the beautiful buildings of Munich by sitting in the city and watching them. The course is not just taught by one professor furthermore it is divided in little groups which are lead by assistants and tutors (who are major students).
The highlight of every drawing class is a one week journey to a beautiful city in Italy (when it was our turn we were going to Venice; there are some impressions in the video below) where you intensify your techniques by drawing 8 hours or even more every day.
There you use the different techniques, like perspectives (bird view, one point perspective, two point perspective, 3 point perspective, frog perspective, shadow construction, stair construction, dome construction, sections, fish eye ect.) you have learned the whole year.
Because of the strict process you have to follow, even the persons who could not draw in the first lectures, are now able to produce beautiful drawings. After the second semester you are able to join further courses like nude drawing and aquarelling.
Everyone developed his own style of drawing and used it in every project we had since that.
For our University it is especially important that every student could express himself through his drawings and that they use it as often as computer drawing. You are even not allowed to draw with the computer the first year, all the drawings and floor plans, etc had to be made by hand.

We couldn´t decide which one we prefer, so we are uploading two pictures of two different students.

We also have a own blog to upload our drawings from our year abroad (which is obligatory in our university) So feel free to check out the sketches of countries from all over the world.

And if you are interested in the video of Venice:
Bianca and Anna

Architecture School of Alicante_EvaCandela

                                   Technique: "Bionic origami"

Dressing architecture
1st Place 2013 Graduate Architecture Award Dressing Architecture
Architect: Irina del Olmo
In this project the strong technical point is the use of different techniques and fields used in the whole process. Models that start from origami and evolve to structures which, by means of technology, both register the human movement and shelter the body, with the aim of dissolving the limits between the different layers and scales that surround us.
The models seem to be the result of the experimentation with materials, beginning with paper and improving to other materials as, light wood, plastic and nets that remain allowing the movement as paper, so that the main concept doesn't disappear but it is reinforced by the whole net of content relations.
The final model, made with pieces of light wood cut with a laser service and joint to allow a flexible movement are connected to a pc program and controlled by a sensors suit that takes real information from the body.

It is worthy to see the video: Dressing architecture

Technique: Tempera over photographic imprint

Saline Joniche
First price Concorso per la Riqualificazione del Waterfront di Saline Joniche e la realizzazione di un Parco Naturale e Antropico, Provincia di Reggio Calabria, 2012
Architects: Francisco Leiva Ivorra (Grupo Aranea), Marco Scarpinato (AutonomeForme)

The chosen technique consist on painting with tempera over an inkjet printer's photo imprint. This manual short of photo edition has a quite magic result, as the colors starts mixing by water's action, transparent effects can be revealing  more or less the truth of the image or the author's intention over it. In fact, the image is just a formwork for the author's imagination, a mould to be broken, improved, hidden, sunk...  Focus of light can be added by different layers of light colors over the first paint once dried.
It is really important the quality of the imprint as well as the paper support (current paper), as has been said it needs to be inkjet imprint with water tempera to allow colors mix, laser imprints are waterproof and they won't allow the technique to be well developed.

Advantages over the digital photo editor. Of course image editors are more than enough developed but the strong point of this technique is the expressivity it offers of the concepts behind it, according with the speed of it and the intuition. A good technique not only for final drawings but also to reinforce preliminary intuition.

But the relevance of this projects does not only remain on the drawing technique (as well as on Leiva's hand and drawing ability), but of course on the management on the project itself that is quite identifying of Aranea's group, based on the emotions and the natural geometry.

Saline Joniche consists on the recovery of an industrial area in a sustainable context, letting the environment grow freely controled restoring the natural balance while keeping the printouts of previous human mistakes, to keep the consciousness aware. The project does not only focus on the industrial area itself but also on the relation of the main area with other near spots generated by accidental events.

On the photo, the industrial area sunk as final propose and its natural flourish all made with the mentioned technique.

T3 - interview

Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Danny Janse

Because i study Urban Design the project itself isn't such a good example for Architecture-students, but i'm sure the technique itself could be helpful for showing changes over a time.

What i've done is basically draw a basic 3D-model (can be an advanced one as well, but in this case that was't needed) and than making small changes to the project to show it's development over time.
The task for this project was to create an strategy and vision for a neighborhood in Antwerp, Belgium. And because the strategy should show the growth of the neighborhood within a certain amount of time, i've chosen to do it in this way.

The things i've used to make this are Google Earth, Adobe Illustrator and a whole lot of hours.
In Google Earth they give you the option to show a grey 3D-model of volumes of the city in the map.
By changing the view of the map you can create a bird-view over the area.
After you've done this you basically draw over the lines of the existing buildings in Adobe Illustrator to give the pictures a better resolution (which actually can't really be seen in this video). Redrawing the area took a lot of time, and this technique can only be used then you have the time to do it. Don't expect to get this done within a day. When i was finally finished i added the landscape, the highway and marked the green areas by placing trees. 

After this you can start adapting the original model to the first fase of your strategy, or just show the next step in your design. And after this one the second one.. etc..etc.

For the final touch i added the original map to the background and made some small adjustments using photoshop.

Judo as therapy

Searching for our disease I have found these video where judo can help with autism disease.

The autism part is in the minute 10´57´´ , the video is in Spanish but you have to try Erasmus.