3D Architectural Design Process and Its Phases

Creating architectural marvels: The design process:
The process of design is such that it has to follow a schematic phase structure. Even in architectural design a distinct process is followed. While the information and decisions made in one of the phases / stages of the architectural design process form the basis of the subsequent stages, design is seldom a linear process. Instead, one typically moves back and forth between the phases, allowing ideas from more detailed designs to influence and modify the overall design direction previously established.

Conceptual design
The first phase in the process involves conceptualizing a preliminary design based on the client’s ideas and inputs. Abstract concepts are developed, tested and redeveloped continually with the aim of creating a set of information for the subsequent phases of the design process to evolve and persist. The preliminary design is presented to the clients who suggest the requisite changes. After which the design is reviewed and adjustments and changes are made. During this time, layout, form and overall appearance of both the building and the site are determined. Sketches, drawings and study models or CAD computer aided designs and 3D architectural designs are prepared to help evaluate the ideas and concepts. These set the final direction for refining the design.

Drafting and detailing
Usually this phase runs parallel to the conceptual design phase. As the conceptual thinking at the level of detail is vital for the construction, maintenance and eventual disassembly of the building and hence, should be included in the early design iterations.

Once the size, layout and character of the building and site are refined, design of certain feature elements such as stairs, cabinetry, fireplaces and built-in furniture may begin. Drawings or CAD preparations are created that describe some of the important technical details. Plans, elevations and sections through the building are developed. Architectural details combine to form shape and enclosure, between them are connecting lines or materials arranged according to the production information. Their strategic placing collectively determines that shape and characteristics of the building.

CAD Views and Rendering

After the design and drafting of the building structure, interior and exterior views are created by incorporating color, and the rendering of the materials to be used. The architect chooses and develops a set of views that will enable the architecture to be communicated to, and understood by, all the people involved in the development process as well as the clients. A comprehensive 3D architectural view enables the clients to verify that their specifications regarding the structure have been adequately addressed and depicted. Architectural views usually consist of front, side and plan view; in general and 3D architectural views in particular. Architectural rendering refers to creating a two dimensional or three dimensional image of a structure showing its different attributes. Traditionally architects used hand-drawn sketches, pen and ink drawings, and watercolor renderings to represent their designs. Commercial demand for hand-drawn rendering has declined as computer generated renderings lead architectural rendering into an exciting future

Finalization and implementation
The design and drafts are scrutinized and presented to the clients. Suggestions and adjustments are incorporated into and the design is finalized. The finalized design is then communicated to all involved in the construction and development process. The design is then implemented and construction begins.

The Rising 3D Trend in Entertainment

Nintendo 3DS is newest gaming device introduced by Nintendo – – a product that is already garnering positive buzz and attention around the Web. The 3DS is the latest addition to a small but growing set of products in tech, and part of a much larger and rising trend in entertainment – 3D. A technology once limited to movie theaters, products with 3D capabilities can be brought to the living room, and now into our hands. As consumers constantly search for more impressive experiences, entertainment providers are responding in a big way. This technology is changing the way we experience entertainment, and in a few years, may become the primary way we consume our media.

3D will be a major advancement for gaming, spurring new games, devices, and products to keep this area of entertainment thriving. The Nintendo 3DS will join Sony’s PlayStation 3 and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 in the 3D gaming trend. What has fans most excited about the 3DS is the technology itself, which doesn’t require separate 3D glasses in order to experience the special effects. Stereoscopic 3Dplays “tricks” on the brain, creating separate images for each eye – what we see as a 3D effect. PlayStation’s technology also uses stereoscopic 3D, but it will only function on a 3D television, and players will still need to wear 3D glasses while playing. Even so, 3D will take the gaming experience a step further to create a completely immersive experience. The Wii was the first step to this, and now 3D has taken it the rest of the way. As technology advances, 3D gaming could make it’s way onto other devices, like the iPhone, iPad, and home computers for even more personal entertainment consumption.

Though the use of 3D in movies isn’t new, 2009’s Avatar was the first film in a long time to really use 3D as a part of its storytelling – and it showed at the box office, with a record breaking $2 billion in ticket sales. The next big 3D movie is Toy Story 3, in theaters today. Given Disney and Pixar’s past success in animation and the appeal of the Toy Story franchise, the 3D aspect will only make it more successful. The subject matter of Toy Story 3 is a perfect platform for 3D – lots of action, with realistic subjects that will only shine more with the use of 3D and give movie-goers a more exciting and in-depth viewing experience