Exam Week

After the “Sustainability vs. Homeland Security” graph from my last post, I somehow feel that I could present another one. This one illustrates visit statistics for one of my course websites. I have 60 students in that class, which is properly reflected in the in-semester weekly number of unique visitors. Look below what happens when […] Read more..

“Building a 3D World” – Using SketchUp for Presentations

So far I have used SketchUp for a lot of things, but a 50-minute presentation wasn’t among those. Besides, one of the big no-no’s for “classic” Powerpoint presentations is having too much happen on-screen (flying-in arrows and the like). Given the dynamic 3D interface of SketchUp I was curious if flying around inside its space […] Read more..

Preliminary Structural Evaluation and Presentation of Refurbishment Options for the Usher Mill in Erving, Massachusetts

This project, which was completed in the summer of 2003, was aimed at evaluating the structure of a 1918 Western Massachusetts paper mill, which sat empty and had been deteriorating for 13 years. Ultimately, the feasibility of any redevelopment on the site was to be investigated.

A New Website for the UMass Amherst Architecture Program

In 2004, the University of Massachusetts got approval to start a new accredited graduate-level Masters program in Architecture. In the process of reorganizing the existing design program in the Department of Art & Art History into the new Architecture+Design program, a new website was needed. The design of this site is based on two motifs: The strong horizontal shapes of the Fine Arts Center in which the program is housed and the square, which is meant to be a visual representation of the equal contributions of the interdisciplinary partners on campus.

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