Drawing – Phase Two

After our first set of digital drawings were created, we were tasked with the creation of two more digital drawings at 48″ x 18″, one for a pair of our four larger joints. These drawings also used out grids, mars landscape, and various views of our joint – however, we were asked to imagine that the views of our joints were flat and and had been super-imposed onto our existing grids, creating a new grid. We then imagined this new grid to be extruded, and taking four sections of this imaginary extrusion, created our new digital images. These images also included a variation of the same color scheme that we had used on our joints.

One of the two 48" x 18" digital images, showing 4 sections of the imaginary extrusion of the new grid.

One of the two 48″ x 18″ digital images, showing 4 sections of the imaginary extrusion of the new grid.

The second of the two new digital images. This one turned out a bit more precise than the first.

The second of the two new digital images. This one turned out a bit more precise than the first.

Expanded Joints: 3x3x9

After the construction of our first two 3″ x 3″ joints, we were instructed to isolate the two most interesting spaces or moments of our joints, and using rotation, reflection, scaling, and shearing, expand them into four 3″ x 3″ x 9″ joints. These joints, like the first, had to consist of various pieces that could be taken apart but when put together would hold together to form a solid construct. Unfortunately, due to a combination of design, material, and craftsmanship, two of my four larger joints do not stay together terribly well on their own.

These joints, like the first, were first constructed using task board, and then were reconstructed using basswood. This time, for our wood constructions, we introduced a color scheme – half of the class became the “purple group”, while the other was the “red group”. Each group used their color scheme for the joints and for a couple more digital drawings which I will post later. As part of the red group, I was allowed to use four colors and/or tones: black, white, grey, and a fairly standard red.

Due to time constraints, only two of the four joints were made in wood (and subsequently painted).

I have attached images of my four joints. Each image includes two shots of the joint: one with all the parts together, and one with the parts exploded.


Time for Some Digital Drawing

After the creation of our initial two 3″ square joints, we were asked to choose the two most interesting moments or “spaces”, and then expand them into 4 3″ x 3″ x 9″ joints, utilizing rotation, reflection, scaling, and shearing (I’ll post photos of those once I find my camera). We also learned how to render them in 3D using Rhinoceros 5, and having taken multiple “views” of these renderings (sections, plans, and/or axiometric views), construct two digital images (two joints per image) that incorporated our mars landscape*, two grids, and the views of our joints. These images were constructed using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop (with the joint views coming from the 3D renderings in Rhino), and have gone through many iterations. I’m not completely satisfied with them, as I have discovered that I approached them with a more artistic lens, sometimes forgetting that architectural drawings such as these also have to objectively portray information about their subject matter. That has by far been my biggest struggle – drawing with both the “subjective” artistic and “objective” engineering viewpoints simultaneously.

The first of the two 36″x36″ digital drawings, incorporating our two grids, multiple views of two of our four larger joints, and the martian landscape we had chosen earlier.

The second of the two 36″x36″ digital drawings. This one has a more vertical layout to accentuate the vertical nature of my 4th joint.

*The overall goal of our project is that we will be creating some sort of space/structure that deals with the terraformation of the martian landscape. This is not strictly a “building” as we are not focused on the practicality of the space but rather how a society might move through and interact with the space, as well as it’s interactions with the various parts it consists of and the landscape it is situated on. At the beginning of the semester we chose a particular mars image which will eventually become the site for our final structure.

My chosen Mars landscape.

Architecture at RPI

Hello all,

This blog is set to become the new home for all of my architectural endeavors at Rensselaer Polytechnic School. I’ll be posting images of my projects and such, as well as any other architecture-related stuff that I stumble across during my schooling. Due to the large amount of work we must complete on a daily basis as architecture students, updates to this blog may be inconsistent, but I will try and update whenever I can document new material.

DISCLAIMER: All work (images and writing) on this site is my own unless otherwise stated. If you would like to use my work in any way other than sharing a post in its entirety, you must contact me first for permission.

If you want a more succinct version, here’s a portfolio of my work so far: http://issuu.com/augustrulewich/docs/rulewich_august-portfolio_of_work/1?e=12900742/8744558


—August Rulewich


Some of the first projects we had assigned – using a grid provided, we were tasked to choose two 1″ x 1″ sections, expand them to 18″ x 18″, and then overlay those two expanded grids in two different orientations to create the two grids you see here. From these grids the two moments were chosen for our 3″ extrusions and ultimately our two original joints (see previous post).

The first “composite” grid.

The second “composite” grid.