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_id 2006_470
id 2006_470
authors Coates, Paul; Robert Thum and Christian Derix
year 2006
title The VIPA project - some notes on the pedagogical approach to design education using active 3d worlds
source Communicating Space(s) [24th eCAADe Conference Proceedings / ISBN 0-9541183-5-9] Volos (Greece) 6-9 September 2006, pp. 470-477
summary This paper should be seen as complementary to the other papers by Mullins et al where the EU VIPA project is described. It is the intention of this paper to deal solely with the educational aspects of using computers in architectural education, which of course is the raison d’etre of both ECAADE and the VIPA project, but on this occasion to look at the earliest models of this, to revisit the pioneers in case we have forgotten something and to see in what way their original aims were achieved and how their self proclaimed task can be transferred into the current situation. It is the intention of this paper to argue that Papert and Kay’s use of the computer in education still has many useful things to say in the context of vipa. The general approach is fundamental to the VIPA project and will inform the ongoing design of the scripting and modelling platform, based on Smalltalk / Open Croquet, and Blender / Python.
keywords LOGO; Smalltalk; emergence; computer based education
series eCAADe
email p.s.coates@uel.ac.uk
last changed 2006/08/16 16:54

_id ecaadesigradi2019_561
id ecaadesigradi2019_561
authors Cress, Kevan and Beesley, Philip
year 2019
title Architectural Design in Open-Source Software - Developing MeasureIt-ARCH, an Open Source tool to create Dimensioned and Annotated Architectural drawings within the Blender 3D creation suite.
source Sousa, JP, Xavier, JP and Castro Henriques, G (eds.), Architecture in the Age of the 4th Industrial Revolution - Proceedings of the 37th eCAADe and 23rd SIGraDi Conference - Volume 1, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal, 11-13 September 2019, pp. 621-630
summary MeasureIt-ARCH is A GNU GPL licensed, dimension, annotation, and drawing tool for use in the open source software Blender. By providing free and open tools for the reading and editing of architectural drawings, MeasurIt-ARCH allows works of architecture to be shared, read, and modified by anyone. The digitization of architectural practice over the last 3 decades has brought with it a new set of inter-disciplinary discourses for the profession. An attempt to utilise 'Open-Source' methodologies, co-opted from the world of software development, in order to make high quality design more affordable, participatory and responsible has emerged. The most prominent of these discussions are embodied in Carlo Raitti and Mathew Claudel's manifesto 'Open-Source Architecture' (Ratti 2015) and affordable housing initiatives like the Wikihouse project (Parvin 2016). MeasurIt-ARCH aims to be the first step towards creating a completely Open-Source design pipeline, by augmenting Blender to a level where it can be used produce small scale architectural works without the need for any proprietary software, serving as an exploratory critique on the user experience and implementations of industry standard dimensioning tools that exist on the market today.
keywords Blender; Open-Source; Computer Aided Design ; OSArc
series eCAADeSIGraDi
email kl3cress@uwaterloo.ca
last changed 2019/08/26 20:26

_id ecaade2009_025
id ecaade2009_025
authors Dounas, Theodoros; Sigalas, Alexandros
year 2009
title Blender, an Open Source Design Tool: Advances and Integration in the Architectural Production Pipeline
source Computation: The New Realm of Architectural Design [27th eCAADe Conference Proceedings / ISBN 978-0-9541183-8-9] Istanbul (Turkey) 16-19 September 2009, pp. 737-744
summary We examine an open source 3d suite of tools called blender, as a tool for architectural design. The unique features of blender are examined in terms of ease of use and integrated nature since blender incorporates a simulation engine and a game engine that can be used creatively in the design process. The unique data structure of Blender is examined with the features and work flow that this structure brings in the design process. Also a simple comparison is made between Blender and 3ds max in terms of features and workflow as visualization tools together with an assessment of a two year seminar that took place in the Department of Architecture, in Volos Greece.
wos WOS:000334282200089
keywords Integrated design, open source cad
series eCAADe
email dounas@gmail.com, alxarch@gmail.com
last changed 2016/05/16 09:08

_id ascaad2007_030
id ascaad2007_030
authors Hoog, J.;C. Falkner and P. Seifried
year 2007
title Collaborative spaces as learning environments: How Schools of Architecture may find their Way into the Virtual World
source Em‘body’ing Virtual Architecture: The Third International Conference of the Arab Society for Computer Aided Architectural Design (ASCAAD 2007), 28-30 November 2007, Alexandria, Egypt, pp. 357-364
summary 3D virtual environments provided by current information and communication technologies offer new opportunities for architecture, potentially opening a completely new domain for architectural practice. Within this paper we describe scenarios for the use of 3D virtual environments at schools of architecture based on experiences from an EC-funded research project for the establishment of 3D - virtual campus for VIPA (Virtual campus for virtual space design Provided for European Architects). The campus was conceived as an extension of the existing learning management system used at TU-Vienna, Moodle. Within VIPA three virtual environments were tested as collaborative labs, for teaching architecture, and as digital environmental design tools: Open Croquet, Blender and Second Life.
series ASCAAD
email hoog@atelierprozess.net
last changed 2008/01/21 21:00

_id sigradi2008_081
id sigradi2008_081
authors Kirschner, Ursula
year 2008
title Study of digital morphing tools during the design process - Application of freeware software and of tools in commercial products as well as their integration in AutoCAD
source SIGraDi 2008 - [Proceedings of the 12th Iberoamerican Congress of Digital Graphics] La Habana - Cuba 1-5 December 2008
summary This research work examines methods of experimental designing with CAAD in a CAD laboratory with architecture students as the testing persons. Thereby the main focus is on the early phase of finding forms, in which different techniques with digital media are tried out in the didactic architectural design lessons. In these work have been traced the influences of the media employed on the design processes and combined the approaches of current CAAD research with aspects from classic design theory. For mathematical rules of proportion, atmospheric influence factors and analogy concepts in architecture, I have developed design methods which have been applied and verified in several series of seminars. (Kirschner, U.: 2000, Thesis, a CAAD supported architectural design teaching, Hamburg, school of arts). Previous experimental exercises showed that morphological sequences of modeling are effective sources for playful designing processes. In the current work these approaches are enhanced and supplemented by different morphological architectural concepts for creating shapes. For this purpose 2D based software like Morphit, Winmorph and other freeware were used. Whereas in the further development of this design technique we used 3D freeware morphing programs like zhu3D or Blender. The resulting morphological shapes were imported in CAD and refined. Ideally the morphing tool is integrated in the modeling environment of the standard software AutoCAD. A digital city model is the starting basis of the design process to guarantee the reference to the reality. The applied design didactic is predicated on the theories of Bernhard Hoesli. The act of designing viewed as „waiting for a good idea“ is, according to him, unteachable; students should, in contrast, learn to judge the „the force of an idea“. On the subject of morphology a form-generating method in the pre-design phase has been tested. Starting from urban-planning lines on an area map, two simple geometric initial images were produced which were merged by means of morphing software. Selected images from this film sequence were extruded with CAAD to produce solid models as sectional drawings. The high motivation of the students and the quality of the design results produced with these simple morphing techniques were the reason for the integration of the artistic and scientific software into the creative shape modeling process with the computer. The students learned in addition to the „bottom up “and „ top down” new design methods. In the presentation the properties and benefits of the morphing tools are presented in tables and are analyzed with regard to the architectural shape generating in an urban context. A catalogue of criteria with the following topics was developed: user friendliness, the ability of integrating the tools or as the case may be the import of data into a CAD environment, the artistic aspects in terms of the flexibility of shape generating as well as the evaluation of the aesthetic consideration of shapes.
keywords Architectural design, freeware morphing software, AutoCAD
series SIGRADI
email kirschner@uni.leuphana.de
last changed 2016/03/10 08:53

_id ecaade2007_115
id ecaade2007_115
authors Seifried, Philipp; Hoog, Jochen; Falkner, Christoph
year 2007
title Teaching 3D Generative Virtual Architecture with VIPA CONSTRICTOR
source Predicting the Future [25th eCAADe Conference Proceedings / ISBN 978-0-9541183-6-5] Frankfurt am Main (Germany) 26-29 September 2007, pp. 751-756
summary CONSTRICTOR is a novel teaching and learning tool to introduce students of architecture to the fundamentals of computational design. It was developed within an EC funded e-learning project, VIPA (Virtual campus for virtual space design Provided for European Architects). In this paper, we describe the general structure and technology of CONSTRICTOR and its application within the course “Synthetic Constructions II”) that aims at familiarizing students with concepts like cellular automata, swarms, shape grammars, path finding etc. CONSTRICTOR allows students to observe simulations, navigate through them and change the parameters that define and control them, thereby developing an understanding for the rules that govern their virtual environments. They can also change the geometry used in the simulations and work with and export their results. Students can modify the simulations at code level, combine them or write entirely new simulations. Finally some of the student work performed during and after the course is described, and an outlook for future work and further developments around the VIPA courses and the constrictor software will be given.
keywords Blender, generative design, learning platform, virtual space design
series eCAADe
email hoog@atelierprozess.net, falkner@tuwien.ac.at
last changed 2007/09/16 15:55

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