Wednesday, December 12, 2012

BSS 10 ... Urbanism with Google SketchUp

In BSS 10, Kaue asked students to create a city design considering the 4 necessities of human beings: habitat, work, body-spirit leisure and circulation. The design was based on parameters from the French-Swiss urbanist Le Corbusier.  Initially, the groups created a draft on paper then they were able to choose among different options to generate a 3D city maquette. Google SketchUp was offered as a particularly powerful option as it allows moving around a 3D city and looking at it at different angles. Other options chosen by groups were a physical maquette and Photoshop, for example.

The image above shows a city model on Google SketuchUp. The different colors indicate specific types of buildings as seen at a copy of a SketchUp legend at the end of this post. Below, you can see an animation of a 3D city created with Google SketchUP. In the animation you can better appreciate the city design. The project covered the following ICT Standard:

Creativity and Innovation: "Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology
b. Create original woks as a means of personal and group expression.
c. Use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues."

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