AA Inter 3

Future Forest Drawing
April 5, 2021, 2:00 pm
Filed under: 2020-21

Thanks for all the students for following the online C4D sessions last week. As discussed before we are launching the Future Forest Drawing task to for the Easter Break. In the spirit of keeping focus and learning discipline the drawing should utilise C4D for rendering and scene. You can still model in Rhino, but you should render and create your scene in c4d and finalise in photoshop. 

The task over the break is to generate a 3-dimensional section of your project in minimum A1 size (even though for now is digital/online it gives a good guidance for the level of detail expected). The focus shall be the design in a scale around 1/100 and 1/200 (so you know what level of detail there should be). Avoid spending most of your time modelling terrain or any elements in the background or parts not even seen in the chosen view. 

There will be 2 deadlines for this task:

01- Draft Image: develop the main composition and according to that the design: where and how do you cut your project (vertical/horizontal section or a combination? straight through section or a corner section like a cut piece of cake…?), what are you revealing (how do you spatially show some interior vs. how much do you present of the exterior), how does it relate to the immediate surrounding, how high is it…? Is it connecting, using or orienting itself to the sun, wind, ground or certain directions existing in the context…? Is it long and skinny, fat and tall, does it use colours as a key feature…? Compose your section in relation to the page (show the design from one end to the other, avoid cuts too perspectival). Explore your narrative spatially. Add also one hand sketch to the post. 

Please post your draft A1 image on the blog by: Tuesday 20th of April 1PM (London Time). We will be facilitating everyone’s BLOG logging soon. There can be additional sketches or snap-/ screenshots accompanying the image to show more of your idea for the composition and the design (if not incorporated in the image yet). We will give everyone some feedback via the blog following your upload. This is an official unit deadline, please do take it seriously (and is incredibly fun too as you will develop your design further and learn new skills that will be forever with you!).

02- 3D Section Image: Submit your final image in min A1 size (guide for level of detail and prospective future print size) and bring it to the ‘online’ class onTuesday 27th of April 10AM 


Try out by sketching the section by hand first. Focus on the spaces and the strategy / principles of how your idea works in the space. Remember, by doing this task you should be further designing your project, don’t just show what we already know. Also draw in plan and section on the side to find out relationships and how things work within the spaces. Choose your scale and try to model/draw in approximately the right proportions. After you have the overall design mass of your proposal, decide on the angle and composition and where you want to cut it / which spaces would be good to show. From that develop your 3d model and add more details bit by bit. What really really helps is to think about it as a story: what do you want to tell with the image? What do you need to show for that story to be told via the image? 

Important Reminder: This is not to produce a final project, but to help you design and further elaborate your design. Use the feedback from tables and your current project elements to bring pieces together, define the project qualities (from colour, to size, number or users). The drawing is to develop the project not to finalise it. So explore, experiment but most important draw what matters in your design.

Choose an architectural reference and study its drawings, understand the spaces, orientation, inside/outside relationships, solidity vs transparency, means of entrance… Choose a render / 3D section reference and study its composition and image set up…

Do tutorials about how to model in 3d. Do online youtube tutorials about how to render in C4D. Use the break and the unit to massively improve in your game. The more you try the more help we will be able to give!

Enjoy it!

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Friday 13th CRIT Details
December 10, 2019, 5:55 pm
Filed under: 2018-19

The crit on the 13th is shaping up to be a great day with guest critics and obviously your work too!

As promised here is list of what is expected on the crit on Friday 13th:

1- Make you sure present you full term work under the concept of what is the Future Forest. Do not forget to mention the obvious (You chose technological, mythical or resources and why), etc.

2- Avoid presenting chronologically, present telling us what you are interesting in and what you being doing to test, experiment and play with the idea.

3- In terms of documents organize the wall pin up to give priority to the current work but make sure you are telling a compelling and interesting story of your full work/investigation.

4- Explain a reference you used to your current project and give credit.

5- Explain the current work time base/interaction in diagrams – 01 A2.

5- Make sure you have your model/prototype/installation process documented in 02 A2’s or similar, explaining what have you learned by making it

6- Show a video or a 02 to 03 good/proper/studio/ambient photos of the work showing its intention (atmospheric, time base, interaction)

7- Show the actual model/installation/prototype on the crit, make sure is not just placed carelessly on the floor but properly exhibited. After so much hard work, be careful/show care how you exhibit your pieces.

8- IMPORTANT: Present the overall question about what is the Future Forest for you. On the oral presentation be to the point about the WHY, WHAT, HOW of your work. Avoid given jurors a master-class on background information. What questions have your work raised so far? Where do you think you would go next with your work?

REMEMBER: Term 01 is about learning about the forest, its relationship to Culture, technology and resources and test ideas relating to the topics. You do not have to be conclusive about the concept, but be specific about the question you are asking about the Future Forest.

Have fun, be playful, and we super look forward to see you and your work on Friday 13th!

1st of November Crit
October 28, 2019, 3:21 pm
Filed under: 2018-19

On our first crit we will focus on debating your exploration of what aspects of the forest you have selected and how you are working with them. What is the forest and what is a future you are interested to explore? What informs that choice?

In practical terms each students should have minimum:

1- Main A1 drawing – composition exploring your initial ideas on the mythical, technological and/or resource Forest. Avoid creating a catalogue of browsing ideas about the forest. Make sure you explore a ‘what if’ indicating a initial creative response. We want to know about your informed ideas, not about a compilation of references or your opinion.

2- In order to support your drawing and establish a discussion between you and the guest critics each student should have four A2’s supporting sheets. They should explain:

  • your choice and explanation of either mythical, technological or resource forest
  • A key reference that help you think and structure your ideas. It can be a pictorial (but not only), architectural, artistic
  • A breakdown explaining your composition and how you structure your drawing
  • explaining your concept and your key argument

3- Write, print and bring a text with 150 words explaining what, how and why you are working with the theme of forest. Add a title to the composition and select 3 key words. Avoid generic words.

4- Do not Print in the last minute. Students who want to print on Friday morning, please do not. Print a night before and focus on preparing the presentation (re-hearse, sleep, etc). If students are late to the crit, they will not present.

Good luck!!

1st October Class
September 30, 2019, 3:42 pm
Filed under: 2018-19



Image: book cover of: Forests, The Shadow of Civilization by Robert Pogue Harrison

We hope you have had a good weekend and reading sessions with the first ideas about the forest.

Our first official meeting will take place tomorrow Tuesday 01/10 at 10:30 at the unit space. Please bring the text for discussion and your answers for the question of What is a forest? 




Myths of the New Forest
September 21, 2019, 9:48 pm
Filed under: 2018-19


Image: Augurs of Slave Island, AA INTER 3 by Nathan Su


We are very excited to start a new academic year with our brief Myths of the New Forest.

There are a lot of exciting developments, new possibilities and also continuing solid unit traditions of great execution of drawings and models…

To watch preview live videos talking about the brief and to see students previous work you can go to our Instagram page: @najadeostos

To download the extended brief please just click here

More soon!

Friday 31/05 Tutorial
May 30, 2019, 9:04 pm
Filed under: 2018-19

Second years please bring your portfolio ready to present in the right order. We will rehearse and do any final mark ups. Please make sure: you have project title and how you addressed the UNIT 3 year brief clearly stated.

Third years: Lets talk/mark up project development and also how you want to structure your tables presentation.

Very much look forward to it!

The tutorial list for Friday is:

10:30 Chiao + Ludvig

11: 20 Kechao + Charlotte

12:10 Maciej + Daniel

14:00 Shobha + Caspar

14:50 Reina + Riyad

15:50 Zhi Wee + Qian


Tuesday 28/05 Tutorials
May 27, 2019, 3:37 pm
Filed under: 2018-19

Second years, please bring your portfolio in the right order again and the latest work printed for comments and mark ups. Tomorrow we will go through it and see what is missing. Please make sure you have yellow post-its or similar to mark the missing sheets. On Friday will be presentation rehearsals!

Third years, please bring your work printed for mark ups.

During the crit we noticed that in most students’ work there is a gap (second and third years) between the done research and the proposed design. There is hardly any in-between showing project development, or explanation of the design in graphical terms, or contextual work. Sketches and mainly diagrams are very important to fill that gap. We will show some more examples tomorrow. 

The tutorial list is:

10:00 Daniel + Charlotte

10:40 Caspar + Maciej

11:20 Chiao + Ludvig

13:00 Qian + Zhi Wee

13:50 Ryad + Reina

14:40 Kechao + Shobha

Re-post: Drawings and Diagrams for Inspiration
May 24, 2019, 7:47 pm
Filed under: 2018-19, reading

Here are some diagrams for your inspiration, I’m sure you can find lots more for yourself…

02 manon-mollard manuel-g-nogueira_3 soonil-kim-kings-vine02u21_02_vermeulen_003

And following some drawings that could be an inspiration for compositions, drawing style and/or use of colour etc:

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Friday 24th Tutorial
May 23, 2019, 6:52 pm
Filed under: 2018-19

Hi All,

For tutorials please bring the latest developments since the Crit and how you want to progress for the final tables. Second years please bring your portfolio arranged in order.

The list:

10:30  Chiao + Shobha

11:10 Caspar + Maciej

11:50 Daniel + Charlotte + Kechao

14:00 Reina + Riad

14:40 Qian + Zhi Wee

Very much look forward to it!


Monday 13/05 Tutorial
May 12, 2019, 8:47 pm
Filed under: 2018-19

07 days to our FINAL JURY at the AA Lecture Hall. Please bring your drawings on MONDAY 13/05 printed for correction.

Additionally: Bring your updated project FACT sheet printed (what, who, why, etc) updated with project final title.

The list:

10:30 Ludvig + Maciej

11:20 Caspar + Chiao

12:10 Daniel + Shobha

14:00 Charlotte + Kechao

14:50 Ryiad, Reina, Qian, Zhi Wee