1. This Friday 5:00pm (May 2nd): Individual Documentation for Projects 1.3 / 2.1 / 2.2

You can drop off your documentation (CD, DVD, flash-drive) with your name in my mailbox at the Barn anytime before or on Friday.

2. Tuesday May 6th @ 5:00pm: Project 2.3. Team Video Documentary is due. Submit your work on a flash-drive, DVD or CD in my mailbox at the Barn.

3. The Bldg Shop exhibit will be on Friday May 9th and will stretch into Saturday’s graduation. I will coordinate to have all your work up by noon on Friday. I may ask some of you to help.







Latest project brief Project 2.3 – Team Documentary

Links to some of the videos I have mentioned in during building shop as well as some of the videos I have previously posted.

1. MOS Architects / EH2 Gallery Projection

2. Ensamble Studio / Casa Hemeroscopium

3. Ray and Charles Eames / Powers of Ten

4. Peter Zumthor / Thermal Baths 

5. Architecture School Oporto / Alvaro Siza

Below are a few images from Tuesday’s in class Rig demonstrations.

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Bobbie, Ashlee, Kyle and Svavar testing a rolling camera platform (neoprene mouse pad surface underneath) across a track with a series of cylindrical pieces. There is a slight click and movement as each track cylinder rolls against a rail square rail inside of the platform. Questions: How does the camera attach to the platform? How can you design and construct a measurable method for moving (push pull) the platform in a precise way. Good start!!!


Beau, Mark and Courtney. The movement of the platform across the track is not very smooth. Questions: How many platform attachments are a part of the long track? How is the camera a part of the platform system?


Beau, Mark and Courtney. Closeup of the platform and track. How does the pull system become integrated into the platform and/or track. Design and construct a clear method of connection between the pull system and the series of platforms you are testing. Good start!!!


Beau, Mark and Courtney. The legacy of failure, platform busts into several pieces.


Neil, Adam and Jordan. PVC track with motor pulley system. How is the half-cylinder pipe of the platform attached to the PVC pipe track.


Neil, Adam and Jordan. Some PVC, Legos and a motor. Design and construct the attachment and casing of this motorized pulley system in a very clear and logical way. Remember you will be drawing this entire assembly, the better designed it is the more clear your drawings will be.


Alex, Shawn and Mason. Long dual-track to be be hung and/or raised through the center aisle of the model.


Alex, Shawn and Mason. How is the camera arm attached to the platform? Are there several camera arms that can work with the same platform system? If the track system is supported by columns at the ends, does this affect how much of the model you will be able to record with your camera?



ARCH 431 – Project 2.2 – Cinematic Panorama + Camera Rig

Project 2.2 will use the model of the Corderie Building as a site/lab to translate the image (still) panorama you have made into a cinematic (moving) panorama. The first step in this exploration will be for each team to design and construct a Camera Rig(s).

A “Rig” is a framework or structure constructed to facilitate the use of a specific piece of equipment. Your Rig should be designed and constructed to facilitate the exploration and making of moving images recorded with a camera.

Each team’s Rig should be made with the same amount of attention to detail and rigor used to construct the Corderie model. As always, document the entire making process and team workflow. Do not discard any failures, attempts and/or tests.


Below area few images from Tuesday and Monday night. All these images are taken with my phone. I will upload your second set of panoramas next week.

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Alex working with the projector. Notice the mismatch (beam and column) photo-merge from my phone app.

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Shawn and Alex taking off the roof and wall structure of one quadrant of the model. Courtney is managing the film sequence from the MacBook Pro.

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Beau thinking about how to project the sequence from Pulp Fiction into the physical model.

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Bobbie setting up the projector and camera in Depuy

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This is Bobbie’s setup as she was getting ready to project a 2-minute film sequence from David Fincher’s Fight Club.

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Bobbie testing the lighting and camera position to shoot her panorama. Pain stricken Edward Norton in the far quadrant of the physical model

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Inside the model during the initial test for Bobbie’s panorama



Create a new panorama using your newly constructed TEAM SURFACE. The surface must be the exact height of the model. Think about its length and thickness in relation to how it will attach to the models.

As we discussed on Tuesday, the key part of this exercise is to establish a relationship between the way the film sequence is constructed and the way you are making your panorama. The addition of the “Team Surface” is meant to help you establish this analogous relationship between film (cinematic panorama) and your image (static panorama).


File Name: Last Name-Project 2.1-Panorama 2

Email Subject: Arch 431 Project 2.1

CONTACT SHEET: Contact sheet with individual images that make up the panorama
(landscape 8.5×11). This should be coordinated with the diagram(s) (see below).

DIAGRAM: Include the position of the projector and the TEAM SURFACE Contact sheet (8.5 x 11) with diagram(s) showing the location and rotation  of the camera inside the model relative to each individual image that makes up the panorama. Number each image and coordinate with contact sheet.

CATALOG: Catalog of operations that outline every adjustment (levels, blend mode, opacity,
etc) made to the images, as well as file structure. Include the name of the film and the
director of the film sequence you have studied, along with your revised 200 word statement.
Size 12 Arial font, Printed on 8.5 x 11.



Link to project brief ARCH 431 – Project 2.1-Panorama

Project 2.1 will use the model of the Corderie Building at the Arsenale in Venice as a site/lab to begin to explore the construction of moving images. The first step in this exploration will be to construct a panorama. Throughout Project 1, each of you explored the construction of images through layering and photoshop manipulation. Project 2 will expand this digital method of study into areas that push image sequencing into the realm of video.

“Today’s increasing interest in panorama imagery is mainly initiated by simple digital cameras and simple stitching methods for generating panorama images. The fields of application vary from in-room monitoring, video conferencing, tourist purposes, weather forecast to mobile mapping and 3-D reconstruction.” Reading: Panoramic History by Thomas Luhmann

You will construct panoramas from digital model photographs to explore the transition between static and moving images.

PanoWS_Dresden2004_Luhmann.pdfKaiser Panorama | 1910



Please read Luhmann – Panoramic History and be prepared to discuss on Tuesday (March. 18th). We will begin exploring moving images by testing and constructing panoramic images. These images will be constructed using the Corderie Model and your film clip. All the work you have made this semester forms part of an ongoing series and is a relevant part of your experience with the construction and assembly of digital images.

Due on Tuesday, March 18th.

READ!!! Luhmann – Panoramic History

Film Director: In 200 words describe why the film clip and director you have chosen to share are evidence of a compelling method of “seeing” and constructing images. Please be specific and use the discussions we have had about focal point, image depth, composition, scale, light, etc.

Film Clip (max. 2:00 minutes / min. 1:00 minute). Email me a link to your film clip or bring a DVD or computer to show your film clip.