A Pier Vittorio Aureli enthusiast emailed to ask me how I produced the drawings and images when I took his studio at Yale School of Architecture this past Spring after seeing them circulate online. Here was my response…

Dear xxxxxx,

It’s quite all right to ask how we did our work! I am happy to share techniques. My partner, Wanli and I built everything individually, the long way in order to achieve a particular level of specificity. There are no “tricks” to the process and it was a tremendous amount of work. However, here are some “tips!”


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Color Images -  These were built in Rhino, but in a very minimal fashion. They were rendered, very lightly (white matte or concrete texture and simple transparent glass with little reflection) in VRay, though Maxwell provided similar results, too. Then for everything else (which was practically everything) was Photoshopped in - chairs, people, material, vegetation. Aureli suggested that on some of the surfaces that we xerox white sheets to bring out the grain of the white, or to achieve a type of striation. Yes, xerox white sheets! It doesn’t quite work these days because copiers are able to replicate at a higher resolution of the white sheet, but we were able to get similar results using filters in Photoshop. The images were printed at A0 square format (33.1” x 33.1”) so a very high level of detail was required and they took a lot of time and consideration since they were our only means of representing our project.

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Plans - For the plans we were able to find a Newark GIS maps and draw in all the details using AutoCAD. Numerous hatches, line weights, customized CAD blocks where used when we referenced back to Google aerial view which helped replicate the diversity within each city block and individual parcel.