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my life as an Interior Architecture and Design student

Progress update number 2

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I start my placement on the 16th of June so not long to go now, and i am going to be away celebrating my last few moments of freedom for some of the time i have left so realistically i only have  a couple of weeks left so I thought this would be the perfect time to do one last update on progress before my placement.

Original goals in black, progress update 1 in red and blue is progress update 2

1. Learn 3D maxx (when my laptop is finally fixed) My laptops still being fixed so no progress on this one. Well my laptop died a final death and I have got a new computer. I changed my mind on this one quite alot. After talking to one of my friends studying architecture at Trent, i decided Archicad would be a better option than 3d max as its more taylored to architectural work and therefore isnt as complicated a programme. With time passing pretty quickly and after getting a little frustrated with the archicad tutorials i was using that assumed a level of knowledge i didnt have, i decided for now i would concentrate on my improving my strength  of hand drawing and rendering for now.

2. Practice model making to smarten up my final outcome. Bought 2 modelling books, one useful one not so useful. Have already done one model as you can see in my earlier blog entry. Also got a few tips on some of the tools and glues ive been using, and what to use to give my models to give them a better finished look.  I have done some more modelling and am doing some more next week. I have managed to find a glue better than UHU which i found in a modelling shop, which is like a strong PVA especially for modelling, its less stringy and dries clear which has already improved my model making. Also i have reverted back to foam board. It may be more expensive and very fragile but produces a better looking model, and as long as your careful its alot easier to work with.

3. Visit Bimingham ( to do some shopping) and finally see the Selfridges building and the Birmingham Council house. Did this one as you can see by my earlier blog entry, didnt see the council house building though, but it was alot further away than i anticipated.

4. Attend an architect/interior design show… I am ‘not allowed’ to attend Eco/FutureBuild as im an independant student so i’m thinking of maybe the EDF ideal home show.  I am going to the ideal home show around April time as there was a greadeal with grand designs magazine, whereby if you subscribed to 12 issues for £20 and get a free ticket worth £18. Kind of a no brainer really. As you know from the earlier blog pasts i did do this one and got quite alot out of it, not only for the expereince but for some very good primary research for my dissertation.

5. Brush up my Photoshop skills and also learn Adobe Illustrator and Indesign.  Ive been watching some online tutorials for adobe Indesign, which are all uploaded on the software area of Now (which is Nottingham Trent Universities online workspace) They have actually taught me alot, but untill i get my laptop back I wont be able to do as much as i would have wanted as I only have my partners PC which he uses and a web book, which isnt powerful enough to have those kind of programmes installed. I am doing some photoshop rendering at the moment which i will put up when its finished. Thanks to a few quick pointers from my partner who is very good at these things. I am descovering really  cool features which will allow me to render my plans quickly and also add som personality to to them in a hand drawn effect.

6. To fully research my dissertation ready for 4th year.  I feel as though I have made some good progress on this one, I have found alot more examples to analyse and added the aspect of interior design and interiors to the debate. So the next part is the analysis and getting together some primary and secondary research. I already have some book references that i will put up here, so that will be next on the list. Have done well on this one, got loads of useful books, got my primary research, and have even started writing it! Definatly on track with this one, want to get as much of this done as possible before 4th year, and will probably keep working on this one through my placement on evenings and weekends.

7. Enter another competition? Not sure I have time for this one but I shall have to wait and see. I also have to find a competition that is right for me to enter. I have subscribed to a few blogs and regularly check the RIBA website, so this one is subject to those things. Definatly don’t have time with this one, however have enetered in my last competition entry into the Northern design awards.

8. Keep track of this blog obviously. Well im definatly doing that! This blog is very useful for keeping track of everything. It also means im never going to loose a book reference or a photograph, as all my stuff is on two computers at the moment untill I get my laptop back.

9. Keep updating my online portfolio (www.carolinegriffin.net) Have added some model pictures already and I have a few more things to add to it at a later date.


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May 14, 2009 at 11:47 am

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Autocad 09 brush up

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I haven’t used Autocad  since my last placement which ended in October 08, I have also never used Autocad 09 which if had a completly different looking interface.  It also took my  pretty much a whole day to change the setting to get it how i am used to working with it. Considering that during my placement it was already set up when i started there, it took me ages to chnage the snap variants and the crosshair size and things like that.  So after a day wasted trying to sort all that out, I again made something totally from out of my head, (I’m going on holiday next week so maybe that is where it came from,) but i also used this excercise to download some good symbols and to get their scale right for future work. Having said that considering that it was a pretty much off the top of the head job, because i didnt want to waste time coming up with a whole scheme with precise measurements, once it was printed i did realise some of it was a little out of scale, so bearing that in mind here is my  drawing.

house and garden 1_Layout1

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May 5, 2009 at 11:20 am

Google sketch up practice

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Ok,  so it’s been a while since I used google sketchup so I decided to have a quick practice. This is what I’ve made, completely fictional but i think its OK, defiantly not a finished article but its a start.

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Its meant to be a contemporary addition to a sculpture gallery, hence the sculptures, but i thought it would be good to add it to a real bulding using google earth or street view, to give it a context, but I fell at the hurdle on that one, and couldnt find anything on the net to help. I know you can add it onto real google earth, but its not a real building so it wouldnt be allowed. I also think it would be really useful for me to use in my fianl year, as my project is linked with my dissertation so it will involve adding an extensionto something. So if any one can impart some wisdom id be very grateful.

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April 30, 2009 at 12:54 pm

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Nottingham sketches

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Another of my sketches of my wander round Nottingham. The contrast between the angular and detailed form of the castle and the rock caves is interesting, how the door at the bottom has been wedged in inbetween the rock and, the shrubs and trees slowly overgrowing the stone.

It was done on brown paper, let me know what you think.

castle-and-rocvk-caves

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April 29, 2009 at 2:13 pm

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Grand Designs Live- London ExCeL building 09

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So grand desings live was great fun, but it was also very useful in acquiring some primary research for my dissertation.  the seminars i went to were very useful, although the uncomfortable seats were a little distracting and i got some direct quotes. “attitudes of planners vary depending on where you are and who you work with” Phil Coffey, Phill Coffey architects

” In Wandsworth the conservation officer there will only allow you to do modern extensions, where as in Islington, its a little more difficult, you have to make your arguments.” Coffey

” We dont do pastiche, and we never have, so you can do it, and we will continue to do it. Its not about if its modern or old its whether or not its quality, we try to make that happen all the time and were relatively successful.” Coffey

” … it stems from what the Victorians were doing Between 1840 to 1870 there was a huge process of restoring  churches and cathedrals.  half or all medieval churches were restored. Problems was the nature of that restoration. Take St Alburns church not one single stone from the original building was reused. it was a complete Victorian makeover, a complete invention, bore no relation to anything historical that existed before, so hundreds of years of genuine history were wiped away for the sake of something fantastical and completely unnecessary.”  Phillip Venning , Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings

“It is important to recognise that buildings change and adapt… and parts that are added to the building over time become part of its history.” Venning

“Buildings have to continue to grow, new additions are essential for buildings to adapt, but you can get some buildings that are so precious are so rare and historically important its probably not the right thing to do, maybe the answer it to build an addition far away and add a discreet glass linkage or something.  we don’t see any problem with contrasting styles like old and new and some of the most successful buildings have had different style additions in the past.” Venning

“we would always rather something that is innovative and well designed that simply copying what was there already” Venning

The trade shows were good although everything was overally expensive, and my friend who is an architect student was a little annoyed by some of the people selling some of the more technical stuff being a little tetchy having to explain about their products (which is surely why they’re there!) Also there was alot of hard selling going on  which i dont enjoy, especially when im trying to relax and enjoy myself. but other than that there was a good range of things there as you will see from the pictures. The main emphasis is definatly eco technology and building techniques, which means it will definatly be the future of the architecture world.. well for the next ten years anyway. And on top of all this i got to meet Kevin Mccloud from Grand designs…only briefly, but it definatly made my day!

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April 28, 2009 at 8:03 pm

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Some sketches of Nottingham

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Taking advantage of a nice day i decided to go out and do some sketching of Nottingham.. here are a few.

University of Nottingham Jubilee library

University of Nottingham Jubilee library

icon The ropewalk, Marsh grochowski

icon The ropewalk, Marsh grochowski

More to follow 🙂

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April 3, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Freelance Work

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OK, so I haven’t had much chance recently to update this as I’ve had to resort to temporary work to keep the pennies coming in. However I was approached by a local business man to do some work for him for a personal project.  So anyway he asked me to do some photo montages for a personal project he was doing to release some equity for the business. He has a piece of land which is about 3/4 of an acre which has one house on it. He split up the land and built a house for himself on one half and wants to see the half with the cottage and gardens. To do this he wanted to create a driveway and a carport similar to the ones he’s built for his own house. I created the photo montages for the council planning approval, considering the plot is in a conservation area and green belt land.. the planners wanted him to change a few other things as well such as walls built in the 50’s that were not in keeping with the house or the site. So anyway I only had a few days to do them so they’re not pristine but I still think they’re pretty good considering I have never done photo montaging using Photoshop before

existing side elevation

existing side elevation

Existing front elevation

Existing front elevation

proposed side elevation

proposed side elevation

Proposed front elevation

Proposed front elevation

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March 25, 2009 at 11:51 am

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