Monday, June 14, 2010

EXP3: DRAFT- 4 Real-time Captures



EXP3: Triggers for Moving Entities in Crysis

Keys and Components:

  • HK = Helen Keller
  • AM = Angela Merkel







N.B Ctrl+G to enter Crysis environment.

Input Key





Towards HK Office
Lower to open for client to step out on office floor



Move back to original position (along Y-axis)

Slide upwards to block opening as elevator moves back to original position



Down to table floor (along Z-axis)



Up to HK Office



(at table base) Rise to open for client to step out on table base



(at table base) Lower to close elevator space



Down to water (along XZ-axis)



Towards tablebase (along Y-axis)



Up to AM Office (along XZ-axis)

General Instructions: input keys in order

Ride on Helen Keller's Elevator to and from Office:

l, n, o, q (to table) & r, p, l (back to office)

Ride on Angela Merkel's Elevator to and from Office:

h, x, (to table) & u (back to office)

Document download available at:

EXP3: Helen Keller - Video Tour

Helen Keller's Office


Helen Keller's Elevator


EXP3: Angela Merkel - Video Tour

Angela Merkel's Office


Angela Merkel's Elevator


EXP3: Peer Reviews

EXP3: Snapshots

EXP3: 5 Crysis Real-time Captures

Angled perspective of bridge, offices, elevators and dining table

Perspective from Helen Keller's office

Bridge supporting structure inspired by books

Angela Merkel's office
The connecting component

Angela Merkel's office

EXP3: Crysis Videos

Merkel's Office

Merkel's Elevator

Keller's Office

Keller's Elevator

EXP3: Submission Folders & Uploads

Upload of Final Level from Crysis:

Upload of Objects Folder from Crysis:

Link to Final Google SketchUp model:

Saturday, June 12, 2010

EXP3: SketchUp components

the Power of Speech...

Final Bridge, Offices, Elevators
Angela Merkel (left)
Helen Keller (right)

Angela Merkel's Office
Business: Council for Women - Rights and Participation

Interior perspective

Ruby coloured textile line all walls and features to capture a sense of authority yet elegance Merkel exhibits.

Cross section elevation

The overall shape of Merkel's office visually defines her career life, that progressed exponentially, portrayed by the rapidly increasing curvature of the exterior lining.
Notice the floor depression set for a small conference.

Helen Keller's Office
Business: Bookshop inc. Braille readings

Exterior perspective & Elevator

The textured wall placed before the office opening highlights its functional use to guide Keller to the elevator. The elevator is inspired by her love for books (and her "hunger for knowledge"), with the outline of flipping pages of an opened book. Notice the elevator is literally extended from the mouth (of the profile-shaped space) that depicts the Power of Speech, which enabled Keller to actively participate and voice her socialists views.

Interior perspective - corridor

The wall with cylindrical extrusion symbolises Keller's barrier to the Unknown due to her blindness and deafness. However, the corridor guides her way through the "darkness" and allows her to recognise the office through this distinctive feature. The transparent quality of the office reveals the bridge's supporting element (book stack) that places Keller "on top", thus convey her knowledge has surmounted the disabilities.

Dining Table for Lunch Meeting

The dining table has a longitudinal emphasis that allows the "gradual" meeting for the clients, Merkel and Keller. The base is also in the form of an open book (inspired by image source). The textured table is positioned next to a side support in order to provide an unobstructed route for Keller (further right side of table) and handrails as guides.



Books for Inspiration

Reclaimed by nature

Words create worlds

A book shelf for the miscellaneous

Thursday, May 20, 2010

EXP3: 36 Textures

the ideas of MOVEMENT...

Friday, May 14, 2010

Frank O. Gehry: an awesome architect

just fascinating...

Marques De Riscal Vineyard Hotel, Elciego, Spain

Image Source:

"Marques De Riscal by Frank O. Gehry is a $100 m Wine Minster"

[accessed 14th May 2010]

Saturday, May 8, 2010


Client: Angela Merkel
Location of Inspiration: Mosel Valley, Germany

Environment adapted in Sandbox2: The Valley - first attempt

Image Source:
The Mosel Valley, Germany - The Mosel River
[accessed: 8th May 2010]

Video Source:

EXP3: Clients



17 July 1954
Hamburg, Germany

  • First female Chancellor of Germany.
  • 10 April 2000 - Elected to the German Parliament from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern as the chairman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).
  • 2002-2005 - Chairman of the CDU-CSU (Christian Social Union) parliamentary coalition.
  • 2005-2009 - Led a grand coalition with the CSU, its Bavarian sister party, and the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD).
  • 27 September 2009 - the CDU-CSU obtained the largest share of the votes, and formed a coalition government with the Free Democratic Party (FDP), sworn in on 28 October 2009.
  • 2007 - President of the European Council and chaired the G8, after Margaret Thatcher and played a central role in the negotiation of the Treaty of Lisbon and the Berlin Declaration.
  • In domestic policy, health care reform and problems concerning future energy development have been major issues of her tenure.
  • Member of the Council of Women World Leaders, an International network of current and former women presidents and prime ministers whose mission is to mobilize the highest-level women leaders globally for collective action on issues of critical importance to women and equitable development.


  • 2006 - Vision for Europe Award for her contribution toward greater European integration.

  • 2007 - an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

  • January 2008 - Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.

  • June and September 2008 - an honorary doctorate from Leipzig University and University of Technology in Wrocław (Poland)

  • 2008 - Charlemagne Prize "for her work to reform the European Union", presented by Nicolas Sarkozy.


Forbes Magazine has named her the most powerful woman in the world.


20 April 1983

Gunnedah, New South Wales, Australia

  • Australian model best known as one of the Victoria's Secret Angels since mid-2007.
  • Represents Australian fashion chains: Portmans and David Jones Limited.
  • Kerr began modeling in the fashion industry when she was 13, starting at Chaay's Modelling Agency, and soon after winning a 1997 Australian nationwide model search hosted by Dolly magazine and Impulse fragrances.
  • Once in New York, Kerr had a multitude of runway appearances and then signed with Next model agency in early 2004, and was then booked for runway and print campaigns for major labels.
  • 2006 - Broke into the United States market with Maybelline New York where the campaign ran in a series of internationally sold women's beauty magazines including Cosmopolitan, CLEO, and Elle, that was eventually featured in Victoria's Secret catalogues.
  • 2006 - Nominated to become the successor of Alessandra Ambrosio as the face of PINK.
  • 2007 - Became the first Australian model to be offered a contract with Victoria's Secret in 2007, replacing Gisele Bündchen.
  • Increases popularity as one of the globally recognized Angels who appeared in Victoria's Secret 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 televised runway shows, which aired on four continents.
  • 2010 - Kerr walked for design company Prada for their Fall 2010 collection in Milan fashion week.


Earned as estimated $3.5 million,

Forbes Magazine placed her 10th

in the list of the

world's top-earning models.


June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968

Tuscumbia, Alabama, United States

  • American author, political activist and lecturer.
  • First deaf blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, graduated from Radcliffe College at the age of 24 in 1904.
  • Outspoken in her opposition to war and campaigned for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and socialism, as well as many other progressive causes.
  • Was not born blind and deaf; she contracted an illness 19 months old, described by doctors as "an acute congestion of the stomach and the brain", which did not last long, but left her deaf and blind.
  • By the age of seven, she had over 60 home signs to communicate with her family.
  • Keller was usually photographed in profile due to a protruding left eye. Both eyes were replaced in adulthood with glass replicas for "medical and cosmetic reasons".
  • Former student of the Perkins Institute for the Blind, Anne Sullivan, was visually impaired and was only 20 years old when she became Keller's instructor. She taught Helen to communicate by spelling words into her hand that lead to a breakthrough.
  • May 1888 - 1900 - attended the Perkins Institute for the Blind, Wright-Humason School for the Deaf, Horace Mann School for the Deaf, The Cambridge School for Young Ladies.
  • 1900 - gained admittance to Radcliffe College and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • Keller went on to become a world-famous speaker and author.
  • 1915 - founded the Helen Keller International (HKI) organization with George Kessler that devoted to research in vision, health and nutrition.
  • 1920 - helped to founded the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Keller and Sullivan travelled to over 39 countries.
  • Member of the Socialist Party and actively campaigned in support of the working class in 1909-1921.
  • Beginning of the 20th century - considered radicals with Mark Twain, where their political views have been forgotten or glossed over in popular perception. Newspaper columnists who had praised her courage and intelligence before she expressed her socialist views.


  • Wrote a total of 12 published books and several articles.

  • 1891 - The Frost King

  • 1903 - published autobiography, The Story of My Life, with help from Sullivan and Sullivan's husband, John Macy, that included words that Keller wrote and the story of her life up to age 21, written during her time in college.

  • 1908 - Wrote The World I Live In, giving readers an insight into how she felt about the world.

  • 1913 - published Out of the Dark, a series of essays on socialism.

  • 1927 - published her spiritual autobiography, My Religion, re-issued as Light in my Darkness.



Angela Merkel, [accessed: 7th May 2010]

Miranda Kerr, [accessed: 7th May 2010]

Helen Keller, [accessed: 7th May 2010]