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Thesis Blog

A semi-weekly blog outlining the research, findings, and design development of my master's thesis "Urban Nature - The Inhabitable Edge' at Kunstakademiets Arkitektskole in Copenhagen.

Vision-ish + VRAY

In my program, I wanted to present an image that could show my... dare I say... 'poetic vision' for the site. Something that wouldn't have specific design in it, but would try to get accross the feeling of my proposal.

After some chalk drawing and photoshop collaging, this is what I came up with:

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I hope it's clear what I present: the city skyline, nature melting from the orderly trees on the edges to the watergrasses in the lakes; a path that leads you close to the water with a shallow edge....

What do you think?

This week I've started modeling the site in Rhino and I've been attempting to render with Vray. It's going well so far, it is actually quite fast and I love the realistic lighting conditions you can acheive.

In general when I do lighting studies, I take the 4 'representative' days of the year: the solstices and equinoxes. Then I take light samples from 9am, 12pm, 3pm, and 6pm. Sometimes I'll layer the images to show how the sun moves over the site throughout the day, but I don't know if I can do that with these renders. I've always done this in sketchup before, where the lighting is just harsh and blocky. In vray the shadows are much more realistic (i.e., blurred at the edges) so it won't be as easy to make a composite in photoshop.

But we'll see.

Here's my March 21, 9am render:

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More progress soon!

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