Monday, May 4, 2009

Final UT map

Here is my UT environment map. Hope it's working

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Shadow as Repetition

I found the concept of 'Shadow as Repetition' is most relevant to my models. I believe shadow adds a different element in my environment components besides solid forms and shapes. I feel it evokes a different feeling when a symmetrical shape casts an asymmetrical shadow, as if it completes the lack of randomness of the shapes. Through appropriate lighting direction, shadow creates distinct effects although repeated solid shapes were used. The shadow casted are unique to themselves, not bound by each other or the solid shapes. Without the use of manipulative lighting and shadow, I believe all of this result would not be achieved.

EXP2 Final

Nobel's lab idea is simplicity, yet it can bring peace to his melancholic personality. The peacefulness and serenity within his lab is hopefully can bring him to escape from outside world, especially after he was condemned inventing dynamite which can kill lots of people.

The image below is the entrance to the lab. The entrance is a big opening, showing acceptance and understanding his lab offers at anytime and anywhere.

Jacques Yves Cousteau's lab is more to human intervention in creating space for their own good, functionally and aesthetically. It can be seen from lots of shapes on the exterior and interior. The dynamic characteristic of this model suits Cousteau's adventurous personality. However, the yellow light creates a calming environment, suggesting him for taking a rest from his hectic day life.

I've attempted to design so lots of sunlight can get in. It is showing his interaction with nature eventhough he is inside his lab, besides it also creates beautiful shadow casting.

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EXP2 (2)

Below is the ramp from Nobel's lab to the meeting place. The ramp here goes from smooth from the lab to many obstacles (small blocks) toward the meeting place. It shows easiness when Nobel walks to his own lab, which is his own space where he could find peace. On the other hand,
the feeling of hardship and fear appear when he walks to the meeting place, the outside world where his idea is challenged. For the same reason, the meeting place is divided to two part: the dark and scary on Nobel's side, and bright and calm on Cousteau's side. The reddish light adds further scary effect to Nobel.

The meeting place is formed by many blocks organized into one harmonious space with big openned entrances, symbolizing lots of idea can be poured there
but only one which is the most agreeable by both sides can be accepted.

The 'bright' side meeting place on Cousteau's wall with the ramp. The ramp resembles a whirlwind, showing active and dynamic characteristic of Cousteau.