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Assignment 3_Transformative Explorations

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Morphosis _ Arts Park Performing Arts Pavilion

Joseph Kaplan _ EVDS 2015


For this assignment you will be exploring digital processes of transformation.  These processes are intended to be a means of manipulating a known object/assembly  towards a new and emerging use or reading of that object.  The object that you will be exploring is a “chunk” from the precedent project you have been documenting in studio and graphics.  This section of the house should be indicative of the concepts of the house you find important.   You will be manipulating this object through a series of formal transformations using Rhino and creating a series of drawings of the transformation process and a model of your final iteration. This is an extended length project and you should use your time wisely as the deliverables reflect the additional time allotted.


Choose and digitally model a “chunk” or portion of your precedent house project

Analyze the ordering system present in this piece of the project

Specify and carry out a series of operations in digital space that transform the object/assemblage in some way.  These changes should relate to the underlying logics/ordering systems/geometric principles of the object.

Record each transformation and produce a drawing that documents that object after each step.  Use an axonometric projection view and manipulate the lineweights in Illustrator or similar to produce a hierarchy in the drawing that speaks to its scale and function.

Render the image and produce a composite drawing that gives it a context.

Build a model of the object.

Compose a board that includes the process, images of the model and the composite image and describes what the object is and does.


1 Axonometric Drawing/Rendering of the original house chunk you selected and modelled.

3-8 Axonometric Drawings/renderings that show the process of transformation.

1 Section, 1 Elevation & 1 Plan of the object in the context of an urban alley downtown.

1 Composite Drawing/Rendering of your object that combines multiple drawings into one, gives it a context and scale

1 20×30 board composing your results.


Sunday October 2nd, by Noon


Assignment 1: Tips and Suggestions

Note: On top of uploading high quality images of your working drawings to the blog, be sure to bring the original drawings to class on Monday. Have them pinned up on the walls by 9:00 am for an in-class review.

Assignment 1: Suggestions and Tips.

  • The drawings you produce in part II of this assignment are not sketches – they are working drawings. As such, they should rely on line weights to communicate information. Resist the use of shading to show depth or curvature. As working drawings, the lines should be considered and intentional. They should be the result of measured observations and produced with the assistance of necessary drawing instruments (rulers, protractors, drafting triangles etc.).
  • Before starting part II of the assignment identify the top, bottom, front, back, right and left view of your object. Be sure to keep this consistent.
  • Be sure to measure your objects and, at a minimum, include the objects depth, width and height on all final drawings. Be sure to use the correct line weights when dimensioning.
  • Start your drawing with very light lines (construction lines) and add line thickness as necessary. It is easier to make a line thicker then it is to erase.
  • Draw the plans (top view of the object), elevations and sections of the object before you start your axonometric. These earlier drawings will have all the necessary information to produce your axonometric.
  • Think about pulling lines from your plan to produce the required elevations and sections (See the attached image in this post). Notice that this drawing set results in intersecting lines that describe key features of the object (upper right corner of the image) and if you were to draw a line from 0,0 through these intersection points you get a line that is exactly 45 degrees off horizontal. How might this strategy help with the axonometric drawing?



  • When producing axonometric drawings, vertical lines (lines that move along the z-axis) are always perpendicular to the ground plane.
  • If you can see through the object (a hole in the object or a transparent surface), what do you see? What line weights would you use to show this information?
  • Feel free to use axonometric grids to help construct your axonometric drawings (For that matter feel free to use grid paper for all your drawings if you feel it will help). Grid paper should be used like construction lines – they can be useful at the early stages but the final product should be on a clean unlined paper.
  • Use trace paper to iterate through your drawings. It is very unlikely you will be able to rigorously compete this assignment your first attempt. Trace allows you to work over your drawings to test ideas, explore line weights and work on general legibility. Trace should be used as a medium of investigation and final drawings should not be completed on trace. Use Mylar or Velum if looking for a higher quality, semi-transparent paper.
  • Remember Google is an excellent resource for this assignment.

Creating Your EVDA Graphics Blog

In order to upload your work you will need to create your own Ucalgary Blog that we can link to the main EVDS Graphics Blog. To do this, follow these instructions.

  1.  go to
  2. select “create a new account” from the sidebar on the rights side of the page
  3. enter a username and ucalgary email address, check I agree and select “give me a site”
  4. put your first name and last name as your website address. Example:
  5. go to customize my site
  6. go to widgets – add a widget  – add “recent posts”
  7. there is no need to change the theme or the fonts
  8. to add a post, go to posts under within the dashboard
  9. include the name of the assignment in the title of the post
  10. click on add media to upload your images
  11. reply to this post with a your link to your blog by wednesday, Sep. 14th, so we can link to it on the main page

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