Stage 2

There are 4 activities associated with this stage:


Role playing workshop_Defining the brief. In pairs take turns to swap an analysing a ‘client’s’ ritual document. Then extend you understanding by using the guide to interview. the client. By refining this information you can  develop the ‘brief’ for your project. For a fairly conventional explanation of what the design brief is go here to read relevant section in ‘Fundamentals of Interior Design’. (This link is to Massey Library on-line book & will require you to login)

Short (okay not so short after all) presentation_Patterns of Structure. In this talk we will look at ideas about structure and load generally, and then specifically at light timber frame construction, including how to use a couple of tables from the New Zealand Standard (NZS 3604).


Making a structural model in SketchUp of the room or defined space which will become the site for your project. We will go over how to export dwg files for laser cutting.

If you have never used SketchUp, or only used it a little look at the Getting Started videos parts one, two, three & four

If you’ve use it a bit and now need to use it more efficiently take a look at Accuracy, Copies & Arrays, Layers, Scenes
(Note – these videos are from 2008, so not the latest SketchUp version we’ll use in class. The changes however should be minor)

If your pretty confident watch this series : Layout series (the guy works super efficiently – very impressive!)

Click here to download the SketchUp Quick Reference Card.

Response to the ‘Client’. An ‘aesthetic gesture’ which turns your ‘clients’ idea into your own new idea. This is what you will present next Monday.

Last modified: March 3, 2014