Journal for Geometry and Graphics 11 (2007), No. 1, 127--136
Copyright Heldermann Verlag 2007
Institute for Geometry, University of Technology, 01062 Dresden, Germany
In the summer of 2003, the Institute of Geometry at Dresden University of Technology offered a course called "3D-modelling with MicroStation for Architecture Students". The aim was to teach students in just twelve tutorials how to use the 3D-tools of the CAD software MicroStation. During the course, the students explored the advantages and disadvantages of various construction strategies. Finally, they were given the opportunity of demonstrating their newly acquired skills by creating architectural fantasies in virtual space. For once they were able to ignore the functional and economic restraints that are an intrinsic part of architectural design, and concentrate on pure composition and the power of visual imagery. The results were so interesting that we have decided to make them available to a broader public.
Keywords: Architectural fantasies, constructivism, linear perspective, three-dimensional reconstruction, 3D-modelling.
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