|Re: evaluating the tradeoffs and planning||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Scott Cowley (scowleyalex.lib.utah.edu)|
|Date: Thu, 4 Feb 1999 10:08:10 -0600|
3D graphics and models are the most expensive, but the best way to have a group evaluate a project. We used blocks on a table for site design. That was o.k. for the basics. A flat site plan was used for the question of shingle and stucco colors. Big mistake. A number of folks were also shocked when they finally saw the real thing. Good shocked. The volumes of space made a lot of the questions we agonized over about ceiling height and stairwells mute. One of the real liabilities of group design input is that most people have no spatial intelligence. Anything they can get to make it more concrete is vital. I have a couple of $12.95 computer programs* which will draw 3D buildings on a limited site plan. Unfortunately, I didn't get them until after the floor plans were done. It takes time, and a learning curve to get it to work, but you can take "screen captured" pictures off the screen into a ".jpg" file and project them on a screen at some facility such as a library which has a computer-linked projector. ("Home Design 3D" and "Landscape Design 3D" from "Expert Software") ( I also recommend "DeltaCad" from "Midnight Software" -shareware- to draw sample floorplans.)
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