Category : architecture

Mapillary Action

Recently I heard about Mapillary, an open-source app that lets anyone with a camera and an internet connection contribute to a database of street view images from around the world. We use Google’s street view all the time to create 3D models of remote locations, so I was curious to see what Mapillary has to offer. […]

The Threshold of Detectability

Recently our studio got a copy of Eyal Weizman’s book, Forensic Architecture: Violence at the Threshold of Detectability. Weizman is the founder of Forensic Architecture, a research agency based in London and founded in 2011. They use a combination of forensic and architectural methods to investigate war crimes, assassinations, and other human rights abuses where there have been attempts […]

Portland's Steel Bridge
Posted by on February 9, 2017
Posted in: architecture, imaging, slideshow, transportation

Portland, Oregon, a.k.a. “Bridgetown,” boasts twelve feats of engineering that span the Willamette River, some more majestic than others (sorry, Marquam Bridge). As part of our studio-wide fascination with these bridges, I undertook a 3d study of Portland’s most unique bridge: the Steel. The Steel Bridge was completed in 1912 as part of a massive […]

Penn Station Vision
Posted by on October 11, 2016
Posted in: architecture, creative community

(Images above and below via New York Times). I recently came across an interactive article in the New York Times that got me excited for several reasons. First off: it features the kind of simple, clear explanatory graphics that we aspire to produce at Fat Pencil Studio. Look how much you learn about the subject […]

Some Assembly (Diagrams) Required
Posted by on August 5, 2016
Posted in: animation, architecture, construction, DetailViz, illustration, legal, projects

When a legal dispute involves complicated information, technical jargon and/or unique physical assemblies, visual thinking tools can help lawyers better understand the facts of the case and better communicate their arguments to an audience. Buildings, structures and mechanisms can all find themselves at the center of a dispute. Understanding how the parts of the assembly […]

Piccadilly Circus
Posted by on July 7, 2016
Posted in: architecture, creative community, inspiration, SceneViz

Perspective: it’s the way that we all see the world, so it makes sense to draw in perspective when depicting real-world objects. Take for example this elegant diagram of a London subway station, drawn by Italian architect & engineer Renzo Picasso. He chose a perspective view that enables us to see the entire station and […]

greenscreen Case Study
Posted by on June 9, 2016
Posted in: architecture, construction, product, projects

For manufacturers of architectural products, SketchUp’s 3d Warehouse has become a robust platform for getting accurate 3d components into the hands of designers. You can now find featured catalogs from manufacturers such as Delta plumbing fixtures, NanaWall folding glass walls, and Satori Japanese wall finishes, among others. The challenge in creating useful SketchUp models for […]

Lilypad Tiny House
Posted by on May 9, 2016
Posted in: architecture, built projects, construction, projects

The tiny house movement is, in fact, not so tiny, with millions of people either living in less than 400 sf or actively dreaming about doing so. Besides being adorable, what are the benefits of a tiny house? A tiny house allows you to live more simply, cheaply and have a lower environmental impact. There […]

CLT construction
Posted by on November 12, 2015
Posted in: architecture, construction, DetailViz, inspiration

Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) is an innovative and forward-thinking construction system that has made headlines in Portland recently. Originally developed in Central Europe in the mid-1990s as an alternative to stone, masonry and concrete construction, it uses manufactured wood panels (made up of smaller, and therefore more rapidly-renewable trees) to create buildings up to twelve stories […]

Construction Phasing

Demolition. Excavation. Shoring. Hoisting. There’s a lot going on at a construction site and careful planning is required to keep a project running on budget and on schedule, without compromising safety. Since 2005, Fat Pencil Studio has helped construction companies analyze options for site logistics and phasing using accurate 3d models. Now, thanks to the folks at […]