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Lego Architecture

April 8, 2010 by akheil  
Filed under Skills and Awards

While teaching my Hand Drafting and Design class, I’ve found a lack of connection between the students and the material. The standard practice is to give the drafting students problems out of a workbook, which usually consist of an oblique drawing with dimensions and then ask the students to draft the necessary architectural views (top, front, side, auxiliary etc.). For an introduction hand drafting class I find it much easier for the students to visualize the orthographic views of an object if they can physically interact with it. My solution is to have them put together these Lego architecture sets which consist of; the Empire State Building (William F. Lamb), the Willis Tower, the John Hancock Center (Skidmore, Owings and Merrill), and the Seattle Space needle(John Graham and Associates), all of which are architectural icons. After putting these models together I then ask the students to sketch and draft their models. The last step of the the process is a redesign of each model, Lego makes this part easy. Having all the pieces, the students put them together in different manner and then proceed to sketch and draft the results.

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