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Make an Exploded Axon Mapping

Make an Exploded Axon Mapping

While cartography in its most primitive form has been around for millennia, ‘mapping’ is the term employed by James Corner in his canonical essay The Agency of Mapping. According to Corner, when designers ‘map’ we are actually “creating and building a world as much as…

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Describe Data Graphically

Describe Data Graphically

“The alphabet was a founding technology of information. The telephone, the fax machine, the calculation, and ultimately, the computer are only the latest innovations devised for saving, manipulating, and communicating knowledge.” – James Gleick, The Information, p11 We live in an over-saturated data-sphere. Try reading…

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ARCHIVE LIKE A PRO

ARCHIVE LIKE A PRO

“my computer crashed,” is no longer an acceptable excuse. As discussed in the PREPARE TO MAKE post, we designers create a lot of data.* All those site photos, scans of sketches, digital models copied and cut apart, and hi-def boards for printing adds up. This…

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PREPARE TO MAKE

PREPARE TO MAKE

Insights into preparing the form and formats of your life and work this coming semester. OK Go! Welcome back. No more Cancun, or shoveling your parent’s driveway. It’s game time. First, set some personal goals for yourself this semester: do you want to pursue a…

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CONQUER THE FINAL REVIEW (PT 2)

CONQUER THE FINAL REVIEW (PT 2)

PART 2 – CRAFTING THE PRESENTATION Welcome back sleep deprived, overly caffeinated designers! We at Section Cut hope Part 1 of Conquer the Final Review was helpful – in it we discussed the various types of Presentation Styles, with a focus on the verbal. Now…

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CONQUER THE FINAL REVIEW (PT 1)

CONQUER THE FINAL REVIEW (PT 1)

PART I – PRESENTATION STYLES As a pedagogical tool, the final review provides not only an opportunity for the student to receive feedback on his or her work, but also as a cathartic motivator and an impetus to reflect on the past semester’s efforts. If…

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Algorithmic design

Algorithmic design

Still wondering what those battery things are in Grasshopper? In recent years, algorithmic and parametric design processes have become a mainstream part of the design process. There are many great resources out there today that engage this broad topic in different ways. This toolbelt is…

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MAKE A SEXY RENDERING

MAKE A SEXY RENDERING

We’ve all been there. You spend a ton of time building a digital model, but after clicking ‘render,’ you end up with a bunch of white boxes. You then spend what seems like eons changing materials and textures trying to make the image look realistic,…

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Site Analysis

Site Analysis

When it comes to accessing cutting-edge technology, architecture tends to be at the slower end of spectrum. But we can start to change that right here, with a fresh look at augmented site analysis! Today we can track movement, check sound and light levels, or…

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MAKE A SITE MODEL

MAKE A SITE MODEL

So you’ve got to make a site model eh? Surprise, surprise! Back in the old days, architects hand-cut chipboard or cardboard along topography lines to create the representation of site data in 3D, but today’s digital tools allow for highly advanced models capable of not…

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