Author Archives: Catarina Cruz

Honours pres video

Press play if you still want to watch it…..AGAIN!

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Cinema people!! and my selfie

Courtesy of Sabrina!!

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Final Drawing + weekend plan [updt 2]

updt 2: just missing people in the cinema and renders on ‘image factory wall’

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Almost almost done!

Tomorrow will be text and presentation outline all day if necessary. Need it to be on point.

Sunday will be animation + final details on this drawing. Sabrina is helping me draw people for the cinema as well as finishing the book.

Mega thanks to her! seriously i wouldn’t be at this point without her help!!

Monday: Felix and Miruna are on frame duty ( Thankssssss!!!) and i ll be working on the video final touches

Tuesday: Framing drawings, picking book up, rehearse and final edits to video if necessary!

Wednesday: tanning all day until presentation time!

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Drawing + Plan of action [lunch update]

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update: ok…im dead…it s crazy. it doesnt look like much but it’s getting there.
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Hello! Quick update:

1. Drawing is progressing in pshop. a bit slow cuz im being picky with the texture set up and also i realised it s harder to match textures than colour. ufff!!! in the end it might just be B&W. ( after all textures are in place i still need to spend serious time adding shadows and highlights…. )

2. White book also making progress. Tomorrow Sabrina will put all the images i prepared into the layout i started and i want to print and sent to binders on friday after tutes (unless Natasha, you thing something has to change. I hope not)

3. Tomorrow (while sabri sets up the book) i will start the animation of the drawing to have a mock up for friday tutes. As well as a presentation outline to be discussed. I seriously worried about re-structuring it ….

4. Friday I would like some help deciding which images are going to be printed and framed for the tables (no more than 2 or 3) because i think that it was really good to have stuff on the table to center the discussion around. Possibly the new big drawing? it will have all the project in it…and the cindy? anyway lets discuss on friday. I want to print monday but i need to order frames on friday.

I am hoping that the weekend will be spent to tweaking the drawing/animation and text for a full rehearsal monday or tuesday…whenever it will happen.

Tuesday will be spent making the video super perfect, collecting book, rehearsing and keeping cool.

ok …thats it.

short list but quite dense

wish me luck


Narcisus building checking its slim selfie

Narcisus building checking its slim selfie

line version of the thing

line version of the thing

overview...sorry looks too empty cuz file is so big it doesnt read well on screen

overview…sorry looks too empty cuz file is so big it doesnt read well on screen

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modernists in gallery

modernists in gallery

ready for plastic surgery...missing markings and tools...

ready for plastic surgery…missing markings and tools…

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Yeah… im behind but it s ok

Ok pshop starts tomorrow! Lines are done for now. A lot of the detail will be added by images etc so i hope it will become twice as busy.


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i said bird bird bird is the word

vitruvian bird?!
what do u think of a (petrol)Glycerin station filling up the stars? too stupid?
ps: not finished yet. still 2 or 3 ‘holes’ to fill but im sleepy so finish tomorrow for sure! and plan of animation by tomorrow night!

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Drawing coming along

why is everyone so quiet??!!? :(

I want to be done with lines today!!!

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Still drawing [upd]

drawing to be ‘done’ tomorrow night! then pshop texture fun! and start animating and figuring out order of things

still need to move the glycerin storage….i think i ll make the barrels vertical and more randomly spread instead of the stacked neatness.

i think the changes so far make the drawing more legible and a bit more at the cindy dwg scale. right?

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Surgery room [update]

update: omg took me the whole morning/eraly afterrnon to tidy up the whole scene.
on to the photoshop room now.

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working on the surgery room now. on one bed theres a woman that doesnt need any plastic surgery yet she is covered in markings.

on the other bed will be a building. i think it will be mies’s chicago federal center. i decided that it will be a building that just like the girl doesnt need plastic surgery. and i will explain why: I realised that what i am for is not pshop neither plastic surgery. its more like ADN manipulation. the idea is that you embed the post production in the design itself.

think about it… architects dont think that their buildings are ugly. They designed them!! still for publishing purposes they always alter the photos, correct distortions etc etc

sorry for being literal here but it was an important realisation i think.

ok updates later.

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Factory dwg WIP WIP

quick update on the drawing. there are some layers off that are just for animation purposes. i spent loads of time making this super tidy so animation and textures will be quick.

the animation will be super slow motion, like the cindies. glycerin will go up, crane will move ref images, people sitting in the cinema to watch the glyrecin go up etc etc

still to add: gallery w modernist photographs, filter/pshop room, surgery room (plastic surgery vs pshop), self storage units, etc etc

arggghhh so behind!

(again ignore the colours…just texture place holders)

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Start of factory drawing [Evening update]

Last update of the day:I have made this drawing super tidy in clean layers and really big (4 m) so then i can add textures in pshop and make it super high res to be animated.
Ignore the colour that is there now, it is just keeping all shapes closed. it will all be textures. the big pink rectangle is a place holder for the cindy factory drawing.
Still lots to add!!
Current Soundtrack: PLAY

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update 2: modelled a GoT tower wih faces… ewwww

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update:line drawing for base layout coming along. I havent found the best way to do this yet…. keep switching from 2d to 3d. I feel like its easier to compose in 2d…Screen Shot 2015-06-03 at 13.18.27

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bathroom for kim

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been playing with some ideas for this drawing. currently modelling and setting up a ‘base’ in 3d to then move on to add loads of crap in 2D.

Will render the 3d quote simple with grey texture and shadows and then add all detail in pshop.

at the moment there is a cinema where people can watch the stars fill up with glyceryn, a bathroom for Kim to take selfies. some glycerin barrels…i dont know…just throwing shit in there. gotta look ugly before it looks cool.

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Got rid of the shadow!!

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Plan for tables – golden island feeling

I thought about all the comments form the jury and i came up with a plan to work on for the final tables.


I want to have 3 Triptychs (9 images in total) that show fragments/views of the factory (never the whole) in 3 different states.

1st: the empty space, structure and all visible – boring and ugly

2nd: the stars filled with glycerin, almost invisible but structure is gone

3rd: the space overloaded with self storage

So i want 3 views of these 3 different states and the transition between states is animated.

I AM RE RENDERING EVERYTHING. I want to be methodic and work on these images to be amazing and self explanatory (or not…cindy style)

So tomorrow i want to discuss the state of the space as it is. determine the snag list of things that need work and then slowly but well i want to render them all in the green room, with all same settings etc etc


I want to kill the part 2 of the film (modernists etc) and have 1 film only that adresses the factory and the thesis) that refer back to cindy and other references at some points. but absolutely make the film about my project.

this will happen while the renders go (MULTI TASKING !!)



I am eating the bloody brussel sprouts and assign 2/3h a day to dump stuff on my white book layout.


the text will have to be re-written to fit the new video format that adresses the thesis only with a few points of reference for support.

5:KIM KARDASHIAN …. still getting my head around. lets discuss tomorrow


but mostly, if you are still reading this post, i am super excited about these next 2 weeks. the jury was amazing and i see it ‘clearly’ now. i have loads to do but i have a golden island felling in me.


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I see the light at the end of the tunnel

Script done. 1400 words including a spoken intro. All rest will be voice over.

To be recorded tonight all in same voice and with humph!

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Game of thrones _ Archi edition [update blue filter]

yes, no, maybe?  still wip…

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Update…still rendering

it’s been a rather slow day watching pixels form. On the bright side, i finally learnt how to set up my cameras properly. I could never combine the lens/focal lenght to achieve what i wanted. today i got a bit closer.

Tomorrow will be after effects day and hopefully i can have a draft of my intro and Part 3 (self storage) to be discussed on tuesday.

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Modelling modelling modelling…self storage “Hall of selfs” [afternoon update]

the render kinda leaves a halo where the column disappears...

the render kinda leaves a halo where the column disappears…

update: i got bored of trying to sort out the drawers so i m playing with render settings now. i really want the drawers to ‘glow’ as if they emitted light… so for havent managed a nice effect

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ok now theres more passages through the architectural columbarium.

some over-passages too… still haven’t managed to sort out the drawers. they should vary in shape but so far what i tries looks terrible.

anyway…updates through the day

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Between nostalgia and antecipation [Afternoon update]

UPDATE: oi oi oi…these drawers are making my file sooooooo heavy. i want to have random numbers on them but i think that will kill rhino. i will try to add them when rendering or even in after effects later. not sure how to do it but i ll try

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Storage in the factory [AFTERNOON UPDATE]

UPDATE 2: Sorting out render settings. it wont be a white render in the end but i need to get the lighting  and cameras going first.

ps: the lights on the roof are sharp. the noisy look is just the test render.

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UPDATE: (the colours on my rhino layers make me wanna render this in acid colours……hummmmm)

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still need to build up detail in the storage shelves and ceiling but i filled up the whole factory space with storage. so now its just bonkers and ginormous.

will try to be patient like maridia and put as much details as possible and get some renders going tomorrow.

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thanks manolis! wohoo! i got it!


Just finished tut with manolis and i see it all clearly now. here are some sketches we did.

I just need to get going and produce all the images and animations i need.

Happy days!

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new storage corridor…going for the braun artemide look

trying to make that light look like a freaking perspex box with light inside…not easy….

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still need to add details like door numbers etc and render it. also made those lights properly – perspex box with strip light inside…lets hope it renders well

will try a bit more clean look..less dark or on acid

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New animation in progress [video updated+working on new scene]

all is WIP of course. Tomorrow i will keep adding to this animation and work on the text/sound to go with it.


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press play!

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New movie coming soon [updated]

update 2: click to play

update: today is animation and video day. i will be posting here bits as i make them…

ignore the perspective lines. if it doesn't play automatically just click to play

ignore the perspective lines. if it doesn’t play automatically just click to play

snapshots of multiple scenes that im working on for a short film (black and white!!!!!). i can sort of imagine the end result. updates tomorrow.

lots to do


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The people move and they wont be so packed. lots to edit...

The people move and they wont be so packed. lots to edit…

The people move and they wont be so packed. lots to edit...

The people move and they wont be so packed. lots to edit…

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Bringing the mirror back

after some attempts modelling and rendering these ‘selfie machines’ i realised that there is no need for a lot of formal design fluff.

just by going a bit “anish kapoor-y” i can try to bring the mirror back into the equation and address the idea of self expansion and self amputation in more spatial terms.

still running a bit blind but tomorrow lets have a look at the revised film from last jury, plus some new renders and text on the mirror and enhancement.

sorry for vagueness…have faith

also ignore the pinkness…just playing around

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Moving on [Update: Architectural Selfie machines]

I have been thinking about what s my next move and some suggestions on friday turned out to be good clues. I went back to were i was before TS really kicked in and picked up on what i was trying to do. I found this paragraph from my january presentation that i have been trying to bring back since the previews and it always gets cut out cuz it hasn’t been developed. and There is something about this that i feel the need to explore.

here s the paragraph:

As Marshall McLuhan noted “Men at once become fascinated by any extension of themselves in any material other than themselves.”

McLuhan, in contrast to the popular version of the Narcissus myth, observes that Narcissus did not fall in love with himself – but rather, numb to his image, he could not recognize his reflection as his own. He describes two processes that occur while people gaze upon their image: self-amputation (numbing one self) and self-amplification (extending oneself).

We are experiencing a similar situation with selfies as well as the images we produce of the world around us. As if we became numb to our self-portraits and manufacture various versions of our Self, and our context.

The image is the identity of the subject but it is not the ‘real’ subject. It is after all just a reflection.This image is, according to Lacan the ‘orthopaedic’, which means that the image exists in support of the subject.This is, however, not entirely true because more and more often the image replaces the subject. Which makes the image a prosthetic.This notion brings back the idea of self-amputation and self-amplification that McLuhan mentions in regards to the Narcissus.By generating endless amount of images of the same subject those images become disposable props in an ever-shifting identity of Architecture.

I’m still unsure of what to do. a model, a drawing, a book…i dont know but i feel like i need to bring the mirror back as well as the idea of the props. What are the architectural props?

anywho i m off to work on my text and book and hope something cool emerges.

Update: I am making a series of models that i will call ‘ archi selfie machines’ these address the Self extension aspect of taking selfies or in Architecture’s context the insertion of the architect in his own work. i just made some quick sketches but these will be plaster + mirror machines. Also some will have the mirror with filters applied. But then again i might just paint them gold cuz…pretty :P

i dont know what size i will make them but the idea is that these are meant to be pretty big (i put a little person there for scale reference)

ultimately i want to make images “through” these machines that will be animated like the moving stills.

ok too much info. im gonna model/render them nicely and see where this goes

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Images update

Couldnt really focus today. Apologies to oliver and felix for having put up with my stress all day. here are the 2 renders i ve been pshopping.

Still have some animating and work on video to do but at the moment i want to get on with the enhanced view and integrate it in the project beyond what it is already doing.

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Ts video update

Still work in progress. click to play

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Getting rid of those black edges and image working in general [UPDATED]

Update 1

Update 1





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TS video WIP, Animated Book Stills, Factory Image animation _ALL WIP


Quick update on the state of things:

1.Printed the updated TS book
2.Prepared animations+images to move in the book
3.Currently editing a 2min TS video (which is hopefully an improved version of part3 of my previous presentation film) It will be a silent movie so there will be more text+annotations in it
4. Working on this image to be animated and talk about the image factory in a wider context
5. Thinking about that article on archdaily and its references. It made me a bit uncomfortable to read something so close to what i ve been thinking. I guess we are forever unoriginal. Regardless the article lays out good points in a clear manner so with that in mind i will revise part of my text and bring some of that in.

snapshots of my multiple screens

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Enhanced TS

ok so i finally figured out this app. You dont really need an account. just follow the instructions on the page below and scan the image on the side :)

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Please Please Test the Aurasma App and tell me if it works on your phone! [updated instructions]

Step 1: Download “Aurasma App”

Step 2: Create account (sorry…it takes 2 seconds promisse!)

Step 2.5: Search for my account “CatSampaio” and follow my channel “The Architectural Edit” (the search icon should be self explanatory…its a magnifying glass)

Step 3: once inside the app press the middle icon on the bottom of your screen. It should open your camera and point it at this image of cindy.

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Prep for TS WIP

So i just found out that this year we should take ts models for the high pass. I though we couldnt…so anyway. I am preparing the book to print and a 2 minute video with drawings and animations. no voice just annotations.

and i made this smaller version of the water model (using the 60degrees instead of 90) sadly to make it with this angle i had to make it like this. layered perspex wich sucks because you cant see properly through. but hopefully when i glue the layers and polish it it will be better. in any case i will have a red column in the invisible area so to make obvious that you cant see it.

this model will have a drawing/diagram with annotation under it (thats why the base is also perspex)

and i made tags with my name as well. one for this model and the other for the lenses one.

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Working on new images to animate

putting the factory in a wider context. time to make this city model useful

this will be animated to address the relationship between the factory ( phone screen) and the space around us. i have a vague idea of what i want to do…updates tomorrow. for now just playing w render setting and btw i am going into colour.

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White book at last and TS update

Today I am putting the white book together at last. I finally decided it will be a book to be read like the film. For the moment it follows the structure of the video but i am thinking that there will be later on some pages added with a different design that refer to that chapter or Ts ..i dont know yet. But for now it will be like this.

Instead of page numbers there are time stamps (however those ‘other’ that will be added will have page numbers )

Also updating images on the Ts book and possibly a last chapter for the video. not sure yet but i am printing it on sunday and giving it to binders on monday morning.

in the mean time I ve been thinking about something that stuck in my head during charles lecture. When he spoke of the delay in relation to the image. I thought in a way an image is always a delay. It comes after. However during the lecture all i could think about was that in my project I don’t see the image as delay. I see it as the opposite of delay. As in ‘yet to come’ kind of… i searched a bit for a word to describe what i mean but i can’t find a good one.

Anyway I m thinking about this and i want to make one drawing (kind of like the cindy factory) but for my project. i dont know how it looks like yet but i m hopeful.


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Jury Video and comments

Thinks to think about moving forward:

– the topic is familiar. People accept it because they relate to it. Everyone is taking selfies. But why are we doing it? It clarifies what we see. Unify people…

– if the project deals with making the image of the architectural object then should i explore how to inhabit the image? (oculus rift, virtual reality…)

– Video needs a climax at the end. At the moment is all even.

– look at how photography increased in value through the art world

– photography was once evidence but now it is no longer accepted because its too easy to manipulate

– the factory is too internal. Explore external relation between factory and context.

– image = translation?

-inhabiting or viewing?

– constructing a reality + reading of the construction of that reality

– photography history / vision – why do we feel the need to portray ourself? and register the world around us?

-is it about the architectural object or the architect?


Back to work now…will post later




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I am officially all over the place

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Pixel sorting

so i am still fluffing around drawings and renders and what not and i stumbled upon an interesting thing: Pixel sorting.

It was invented in 2012 and it is a script tha basically rearranges the pixels of an image. I am not sure about the end goal of this script but i got it and i am playing with it. check it

pixel sort 2

i used this image  from the video as a base

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Drawings wip [update]

update: just testing out the servers in the factory

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Hello, here are some snapshots of what im doing now.

these drawings are matching the view of the renders I did previously of the factory. I want to re work the factory images to be more an inbetween photo and drawing. Not sure how they will look like in the end but im just going with it.

Still have some more tidying up to do before going into colour and animation but i ll get there.

There will be also later the servers to store the image data. columns will fade, water rise bla bla etc …loads to do. I KNOWWWW!!!


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This would be cool for final tables!!!! [update: animations stills ]

Ok ignore the cheesyness of the content. But how cool is this?

I m thinking i could present my final video like this. between a tv screen, 2 macbooks, ipad and 2 iphones (these are the ones i own..maybe even i could borrow other people’s devices)

woooowwww cool no?

Update: Sequence of film at the moment… working on factory chapter now…

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Animation update and some stills

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Click to play

Sorry for the super quick video but i cant make it upload on the blog if it goes longer than this.
Tomorrow i will combine this bit with the previous video and edit some bits out (greek stuff and such) and also with the cindy video so i can introduce the project in the context of the image and address it in a more current manner.

i am hoping to render this part (about 5minutes) on friday morning on the schools computer so i will update a proper version of it for comments then.
i will post the progress tomorrow night with the text that goes with it.

ok bye

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Pixels, matrix, construct, factory, image world…who knows?!

Currently working on the film for the jury. I am working on the ‘image obsession’ part through these animations. (also see text. this will be the intro chapter to situate the project ) it needs a lot of work so bear with me!

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Then there will be the film chapter on the moving stills/ Cindy and constructing identity but i realised that i have been ‘forcing’ the idea of the mirror as the device through which we construct our identity but really the mirror has become irrelevant in this context. I think the mirror of today is the screen.

The thrid chapter is the factory chapter. Which needs a lot of work but i modelled a sort of google like ‘server’ super computer (whatever u call them) and i am filling my factory with them to make the point that architecture has become a construction on images that are constantly produced/copied/screenshot/modified/erased etc etc and as an absurd visualization of this idea the image factory becomes a ‘server room’ where I store all the infinite amount of images that the factory produces.

It is just like when in the matrix Morpheus is in the construct with Neo and tells him that the human being has been turned into a battery. Architecture as been turned into storage for its own image. An image that is replicated and altered at such speed that replaces architecture.

appologies for this screenshot. rhio is misbehaving and i might need to go finish this model in a school computer

appologies for this screenshot. rhio is misbehaving and i might need to go finish this model in a school computer

And finally (this is natasha’s idea and i m playing with it to see what happens) but the same way Neo (matrix again…) exists in the ‘real world’ and the ‘matrix world’ where he sees everything as code (you know…the green numbers scene and he dodges the bullets etc) what would the world look like if it was all made of its images?


i though quite literally…pixels. So i am playing with some pshop actions to make these pixel animations (i used my city model again just for the sake of the idea…that can be discussed..also again…colour?no colour? i think the cartoony colours bring it back to the cindy factory drawing…could be a cool loop?)


opinions? thanks

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Netflix bender is over

I sketched a few animations i want to make to improve my film. My aim is to have a revised version of it addressing all the comments from previews and our review.

First i am addressing the “image obsession” through a series of animations that reflect how it has changed from mere representation and documentation to being fake and a lie.

I see it as  a Society of spectacle 2.0

here are some snapshots of what will be animations later and a bit of text to go with it.

oh and by the way found my soundract –> here

Screenshots, upload/download - image quality.value/pixel

Screenshots, upload/download – image quality.value/pixel

Original image taken form Life magazine

Original image taken form Life magazine

Society of spectacle 2.0 - we turn our gaze to our own 'show' we are no longer all watching the same film

Society of spectacle 2.0 – we turn our gaze to our own ‘show’ we are no longer all watching the same film

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Stills and editing film_UPDATED

quick update on what s cooking….

Film Stills to print on photo paper (not quite A3…they are aspect ratio 3:2)

PS:these are still work in progress….

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Editing some of the animations (managed to render HDTV quality…also 3:2 ratio)

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Text Final Cut

Ok, a bit behind on schedule but text is ‘done’ for now. Still a bit too many words but i read it calmly at it was 11 minutes. So should be ok.

Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 13.45.38from now until Tuesday i will be editing the film so we can have an overview of the whole presentation and just focus of what needs to be fixed/edited etc.

Will update the blog with some stills as i go.


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Presentation outline and introduction [updated]

while renders are in the making (fingers crossed) i decided the best action is to sort out my script for previews.

Also this will help see what is missing (visually speaking)
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unrendered stills for factory film

the water rising render is still going… should be done in 5 hours the first camera and then next camera should take about another day or 2. but hey… its gonna be super slow motion like cindy stills. so lets all pray

here are the unrendered stills for the film( u cant see the city but it will be there as context …just rendered separately)

i will order them along with text for tutes tomorrow

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black and white …some faded colour…

i really want some pink somewhere……

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Plan for previews [UPDATE]

UPDATE: Im still trying to make this city to put the factory in..i might have gone a bit overboard on the colours….


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As i said before i ve been reorganising my text and got down to these main points.

I have decided that my presentation will be a silent video. No more voice over. I will present along the video. Most of my work needs to be on film because that is how it works. everything is sort of slightly moving.

I hope we can go over this plan on friday and maybe decide what will be printed  because at the moment i am only focusing on rendering the factory and putting this film together.

Also, no preview of renders cuz its 65 h left to finish……
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Thesis regroup

I am trying to edit my thesis to be updated with recent project development. It is obviously out of control as I will be close to 3000 words when i put down all i have scribbled here and there.

But this will help me structure a presentation for previews and see what visuals are missing.

Sorry blog not letting me upload images…will try later

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I have an idea…

ok so this post will sound random and etc but i was thinking all day today about my factory.

one thing i realised was that i was really scared/dreading of putting ‘machines’ inside my factory. that is not the point. the point is: the factory is the machine, is the product and is the maker. The factory is cindy.

It s meta. and i like the metaness.

that said, i got to think how to keep designing the factory to become a more elaborate machine. So i had this vision of the factory envelope (that up till TS submission was just a translucent glass) is made of 2-way mirror.

i will explain better why once i make the drawing i sketched but basically i am putting my factory in a city ( a generic one that i modeled with a plug in:

Screen Shot 2015-03-14 at 22.13.28so if the factory is wrapped by a 2 way mirror facade it will reflect the city(duh i know but wait)

the image of the city will be ‘cut’ by the optical holes on the factory. which is how you ‘delete’ bits of the city.

so we go back to the idea of identity constructed in the mirror. Mirror=factory


anyway too much bla bla…i will get on with this…update tomorrow/monday and we chat on tuesday

Ps: i will render the city colourful like cindy city but the factory will still be renderered black and white like the TS renders



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Images update

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Wip Wip images [update]

uff this rendering business is taking longer than expected. but i am learning loads so hopefully by june i will be able to do this without f**cking it up so many times.

here s a preview of one of them that i am photoshopping now. the glycerin is filling up the tanks so u see part of the fat columns starting to disappear. i added the ‘water’ effect to give the filling up look but once they are completely full it will be stable and totally transparent and see through

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empty tanks, different view...

empty tanks, different view…


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architectural filter samples coming!

Called the company 3M and i’m getting a sample of their polymer film that shows different colours depending on the angle of view!!

heres a snapshot of an installation by olafur eliasson using the same polymer film


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renders set up

these are just shitty screen shots. renders are rolling all night.

if all goes well i will be photoshopping/animating from tomorrow till friday

cant wait to add a few people for scale reference…it will look so ridiculous

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Not sure what im doing but doing it anyway

started to imagine some images of the factory… sadly the render is not high res but i will re-render it and replace… kinda just playing and figuring it outScreen Shot 2015-03-08 at 23.41.10

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drawings in progress

working on multiple drawings at the same time. These will be printed in trace layers to separate all the construction/structure from the perception of the space.

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Factory plan

working on factory drawings now.

made the external walls slightly curved to match the lenses curvature

will be updating this post as i go…sections, elevation and iso exploded coming

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Stressed Waffle

i met with david to sort out my structure.

he said i have some wild cantilever in the corners but i fixed it now. also he told me i have a stressed waffle roof structure.

here s a TS diagram:

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Plan of doom [updated]

UPDATE: playing with a weird ceiling….

Yellow shows the optical mata clark holes. you see through the whole factory

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roof profiles

roof profiles

iso of ceiling

iso of ceiling

i ll be posting here the metamorphose of the plan as i figure it out

currently just flat roof but will start making it more ‘impossible’ now

update laterzzzz

Plan, section and elevation without the cloak system The pink are the round openings that i now call ' optical mata clark"

Plan, section and elevation without the cloak system
The pink are the round openings that i now call ‘ optical mata clark”

Plan with the cloak (glycerin star) on the columns.

Plan with the cloak (glycerin star) on the columns.

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TS spreads …on and on and on

Finally wrapping up these cloak tests. I am making a final spread with the index of all the tests made and comparison between them.

Next i am putting the best ones in my factory and start rendering it. Hopefully i should have 3 renders for tomorrow: the cloak system empty, filling up, and them completely full. Will start by deleting/ slimming down the columns/beams that hold up the factory but also want to start populating the factory with people/machines so i can delete them too!

lots to do but i can see it!

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after yesterday spending the whole day doing proper calculations for the cloak system i came to some conclusions that i modelled and rendered with the most rigorous process possible and it works perfectly! the walls are all gone and we see straight through them!

heres the first page of the summary. I am preparing another one with more complex systems that erase columns for more than 2 points of view!

more to come soon!

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UPDATE: new spreads with tests for column systems

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New Ts Spreads [updated]

I will be updating this post as I make these new spreads.

Basically I am showing how the water cloak system can be manipulated and what implications those manipulations have in the cloaking result.

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Further research on materials to achieve invisibility that could be applied to the system

(funny how in 1881 H G Wells had it explained conceptually pretty clearly and still as of 2015 we are still in search for this metamaterial)

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Factory model

ok i think i snapped out of my funk. nothing that some wine and movie wont cure.

im still in rhino world but art least now i think i know what im doing (at a risk of sounding like oliver :P )

i am aiming to have this model as complete as possible to make some drawings/images by tonight.

ok now back to it

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 12.55.36oh and i saw this and i love it – it captures the idea of my project. I will add ‘photographer’s foot prints” in my drawings.

this is inside the pool of the stahl house where julius shulman stood to take the image that the  house became famous for

this is inside the pool of the stahl house where julius shulman stood to take the image that the house became famous for

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Modelling the Image factory [UPDATED]

[UPDATE] still in rhino…added trusses with lighting, camera rigs along the walls/ceiling…still need to add the waterfall system, filter tower, mirrors…etc…lots to model…bye

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After today’s tutorial i sketched what will be my factory.

For now it is a big ass shed supported by an 8x8m grid of columns. there is storage around for the machine components (acrylic tanks, lenses, mirrors, filters, etc) the conveyor belt that moves around the factory is powered by the escher waterfall that also fills up the water tanks when needed to erase/slim down the columns.

one of the walls and the ceiling will have camera rigs where cameras w/ different lenses can be installed and moved around to frame the perfect view.

the water that will be circulating around the factory to activate the conveyor belt and fill up the water tanks also acts as a reflecting device. ( as in one of the images i made for the ts interim where a water plane revealed the beams that the window deleted) to create these sort of surreal moments.

so hopefully the images taken out of this models will be both the project (the factory) and the images of the factory (that the factory makes)

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floating stuff

i think i m still recovering from ts… so in the mean time i am working on the disappering columns that was left a bit behind and needs lots of work

hopefully something a bit more interesting for tomorrow’s tutorial

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columns mirror

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A window that erases a beam?

NEW RENDER _zoom out 2_0025

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The Self Erasing structural wall [updated]

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Click to watch_ test animation stills 1

watch the wall  disappear

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TS PUSH [updated] [more updates]

update: the table of contents is getting more clear i think

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i fixed all the notes natasha made on the previous draft of the TS book.

Some completed new spreads…will be updating as i finish them


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back to rendering

testing some ideas… making structure absolutely necessary so i can erase it in this space

added LA in the background and playing with lighting…

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Making Mies a favour [edited cuz Corb was getting sad]

He could have avoided all columns had he met me…



Neue Nationalgalerie, Mies (photo by ???)


Chuey House, Richard Neutra (photo by Julius Shulman)

and Neutra would have liked me too i think (Click to play the GIF..dont know why this one is not automatic)

Upjohn Corporate Headquarters (photo by Ezra Stoller)

Upjohn Corporate Headquarters (photo by Ezra Stoller)


Click for GIF

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The architectural edit

UPDATE: new table of contents. I am ditching the ‘moving mechanisms’ chapter… it hasnt been relevant for a very long time and I am focusing the ts on the editing tools for architecture.

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another day locked in the dpl so i am pushing through some last boring spreads for the TS book.

Many thanks to sabrina for tracing the vermeer painting analysis diagrams.

I will be updating this post through the day and tomorrow will be image making day and work on thesis!

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left the sprouts on the side for a bit.

making the iso view of the factory so it becomes as productive as the cindy factory.

lots to do


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im vomiting sproutttttsssssssssss

i have a feeling natasha will make a comment about the broken factory water…..
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New tests with the water containers
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I know why everyone likes the green room

it’s so much fun to ‘videoshop’ yourself …

just playing…will have something for thrusday/friday

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click play…lots of editing to to but i have to say I am quite pleased with my footage matching my render camera

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OK, here it is.. restructured TS book and I am now methodically working through each spread. Will update this post through the day.

Feeling of the day :

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quite funny, i found out that the reason i cant see 3D is because my eyes have different refractive power so my brain doesn’t use them at the same time. 
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Setting up Still #02_update

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windows meant to be filled with water, sorry for the overload on concrete textures…still playing

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Untitled Architecture still #01

Here is some work in progress spreads for the mirror machine chapter. Like i said before i decided to title the factory images “untitled architecture stills” and this is the first of the series.Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 15.17.03

This is not the final image yet, still playing with the set up( camera, lenses, light etc) and the background.

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I am modelling 2 more scenes that i sketched already for the Erasing machine (with lenses) and the  one with the water containers as well. So hopefully later today i will have a mock up for the Untitled Architecture Stills #02 and #03. This way i hope we can have a larger conversation tomorrow on the content of the images as a series.

Are they part of the same film? or does each still exists within their own film?

ok bye

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New Ts spreads and updated table of contents

Sorted a bit the table of contents and made some diagrams explaining the camera movements, breaking it down to 3 types: Fixed, panning and tracking (which give us respectively partial, expanded and complete narratives)

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I decided to call my images ‘Untiled Architecture Stills #00″ and number them as i make them.

All for now…will post more later

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The mirror machine

After tutorial today i started sketching ideas for images that show the effect of my machines. It took me a while to figure out this one but it is getting there.

I was imagining a sort of long space sided by a row of columns that once the image goes through the mirror machine it looks like the columns are not supporting the roof.

i did two tests (well i did loads but these are the first successful ish ones)

Before the machine _'Raw space"

Before the machine _’Raw space”

Through the mirror machine

Through the mirror machine

In fact the layout is this:

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Set up columns with mirror detail ( its a prism with 90degree angle) – used a 25mm wide angle lens for this view


Now that i figured out how to do this effect i will work on the image (make it like a photograph..ezra stoller style) add shadows, texture etc etc and at the same time do the TS explanation drawings… eg: column dimentions, room dimensions, relation to the camera, type of lens, size of mirrors bla bla

Next will be to ‘animate’ the still.

Ah also making a spread on types of camera movements : fixed, paning and tracking. However i am focusing on the fixed camera so to relate with the idea of film still.

ok update more tomorrow


PS: these are renders. set up with proper camera, type of lens etc …not a photoshop! all real simulation with mirrors.

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Wohoo it works!

The waterfall model works quite nice!

I tried to erase the spray mount can and realised that only a thin strip of it was being deleted (press play)

then i tried with something thinner and it disappears completely!!

i think (pretty sure) that the width of the cloaked area has to do with the thickness of the container. So i will make 2 new pairs of containers of other proportions and test those out to draw some conclusions.

So happy!!!!

ok laterz! gonna show this to javier now



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The image of architecture_thoughts and moving forward

Post jury I have been thinking about how to turn the conversation into architecture and space rather than about a person (and their selfies).

which in fact is not too hard because we do consume architecture through images these days. Shiny, glossy images on websites/social media (curated by the architects themselves). These usually are images of places we will never see in real life and present to us a perfect view of architecture – scenes of photoshopped perfection.

To something like architecture that is so concerned with both its physical experience and its place and context , I question: is this consumerism through its image really a bad thing?

Just like I have been thinking of my factory as what promotes and extends the (ab)use of image making to write the new chapters of architectural history I think the project argues for the construction of the image(s) rather than the real space/building.

I am thinking that i should make images/drawings of the factory+image in the making (like Francesca suggested with the mercedes completed and machines surrounding it). Because the factory doesn’t exist unless the subject is there (and vice versa…the subject has no identity without the factory).

Also i realised that having a subject could really help push the ideas so for now im thinking about using London and its architectural icons as a starting point for these image-drawings-factory-assembly… when i say this i am imagining the brutalist side of london… barbican, trelick tower, southbank sort of images (personal preference, cant explain why) …i am not super sure of this because whatever imagery i use will inject other meanings to the project that i might not want…but i will have a go today and we can discuss it tomorrow

anyway i m testing one of the ts models today before meeting with javier and then after that i will dive in and do some drawings…update later


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Holy sh*t! My project is the matrix

Your appearance now is what we call residual self image. It is the mental projection of your digital self.
Morpheus to Neo [src]

Residual self image, or RSI for short is the subjective appearance of a human while connected to the Matrix.

Watch 00:40

Why didn’t i think of this before?

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ok i stopped modelling. i have to fix the colours of materials now but i need an opinion now cuz by the time i finish the render it might be too late for anyone to reply.

This dwg will be printed glossy A0.

option 1: the inside of the mirror

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option 2: the inside of the mirror and the wall that slide down to revel the interior.

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this might not have any importance to you now that i think of it… just a composition question i guess…

i prefer the horizontal…any opinions?

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