Sketch, model, and prototype.

8:30am  – 10:20am :: A1 workshop – critique
10:20am – 10:30am :: Break
10:30am – 11:00am :: A1 workshop – critique
11:00am – 11:30am :: Tracy Sketch-up Demo
11:30am – 12:20pm :: Peter

How might you sketch model and prototype environments? Challenges of size and scale. A museum exhibit requires an extreme amount of planning, iteration, and study.

Enter: Sketches, Floorplans, cross-sections, axonometric drawings, cardboard models, digital modeling, etc.

Designed for the California Museum of Science and Industry in Los Angeles, Mathematica was the first of many major science exhibitions produced by the Eames Office. photo credit:

Helping exhibit visitors understand experientially abstract mathematical concepts such as cubing a number (e.g., 8x8x8) or the Moebius strip.

Helping people experience the history of math concepts.

How difficult is to learn to draw what a cone cut by a slanted plane looks like? Helping people experience the geometric projections. Instead of having to imagine what something looks like in one’s head, you can walk around and see it.

photo credits:

Apple Stores

Steve Jobs prototyped the Apple store in a warehouse to iterate on it.

Front Cover

Isaacson, W. (2011). Steve Jobs. New York: Simon & Schuster.

page 368 Apple Stores chapter.

Room size velcro modeling, healthcare scale one-to-one modeling

Liz Sanders, The Ohio State University.

Slides found online.

Make sure to see the Environments Prototyping kits (40min 20sec in) 

Patient room mock-up

Emergency room treatment space mock-up

Neonatal intensive unit.

images credits:

Eco-scores Lawrence Halpern Landscape

Lovejoy Fountain Park – Lawrence Halprin

Ira Keller Fountain

Freeway Park Seattle – Lawrence Halprin

Motation Drawing – Lawrence Halprin

Low Fi-prototype to products


The guy who runs the prototyping research is Clemens Gammer. The image is from the Betahaus ODC in Berlin.  Together with Jay and Christopher Doering, Gammer has been running the Open Design City. Their lego-like prototyping tool is the real product.

Link to download SketchUp:

Sketchup Tutorial

Resources for cloud-based quick renderings:

Photo realistic rendering