Techniques of the Ultra Real

Visual Studies

Spring 2013

Farzin Lotfi-Jam, instructor

The architectural rendering—be it photo‐realistic, analytic or abstract—captures the energy of an idea about space and the forces that act within it. The challenge is to convey that dynamism—whether it is the movement of a set of bodies, a change in lighting and material qualities, or any other dynamic quality of architecture—with a set of static images. The multiple techniques and tactics of rendering—sketch, visualize, analyze, quantify, synthesize—have enabled the contemporary architect to embed more information, with greater intent, into a single image.

One part design, one part technical instruction, the workshop was structured around the production of three publication quality images. Students first designed a kinetic architectural space, using a three-dimensional interface in combination with any other means—two-dimensional software, photography, hand drawings, etc—and block‐out that idea into three separate images. Once formulated, the concept was developed using advanced 3‐D techniques for modeling, lighting, material application and compositing, providing a broad based understanding of current digital rendering techniques.

Rebecca E. Riss + Elisabeth Robertson A/B/C