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Digital Architecture: 3-D Computer Graphics from 50 Top Designers [Paperback]

Mohammed Saleh Uddin
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1 Mar 1999
Digital Architecture is the only guide that shows you how to create accomplished computer drawings by displaying and explaining the work of many of today's most justly celebrated design professionals. It gives you the foundation to understand how these international masters so deftly exploited computers, by providing a clear overview of the hardware, software, and input and output devices involved in digital media. It then showcases the conceptual studies, desktop formats, 3D renderings, digital hybrids, and animation of more than 50 top designers and firms. Each project comes with a succinct explanation of the design concept, drawing techniques, hardware and software used, and output media involved. Featuring an easy-to-use, loose-leaf format, Digital Architecture will be your ongoing reference on hybrid digital representation and an endless source of ideas and inspiration.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Inc.,US (1 Mar 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070658145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070658141
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,887,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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MORE THAN 50 WORLD-CLASS DESIGN PROS SHOW YOU WHAT IT TAKES TO CREATE OUTSTANDING COMPUTER DRAWINGS.


If you want to learn about the latest, most imaginative trends in computer graphics, why not consult the trendsetters?


That's the foolproof logic behind DIGITAL ARCHITECTURE, the only guide that shows you how to create accomplished computer drawings by displaying and explaining the work of many of today's most justly celebrated design professionals.


DIGITAL ARCHITECTURE gives you the foundation to understand how these international masters so deftly exploited computers, by providing a clear overview of the hardware, software, and input and output devices involved in digital media. It then showcases the conceptual studies, desktop formats, 3D renderings, digital hybrids, and animation of such luminaries as:


Anthony Ames - Tadao Ando - David Baker Associates - R.L. Binder - Neil Denari - Steven Holl - Helmut Jahn - Kajima Corporation - Kohn Pederson Fox - Morphosis - Eric Owen Moss - Scogin Elam and Bray Architects - Smith-Miller + Hawkinson Architects - Shin Takamatsu - Bernard Tschumi - Kenneth Yeang - And over three dozen other top designers and firms!


Each project comes with a succinct explanation of the design concept, drawing techniques, hardware and software used, and output media involved.


Featuring an easy-to-use format, DIGITAL ARCHITECTURE will be your ongoing reference on hybrid digital representation and an endless source of ideas and inspiration.

About the Author

Mohammed Saleh Uddin is Associate Dean and Professor of Computer Graphics and Design at Southern University's School of Architecture in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has won many awards for his design and rendering work, including the American Society of Architectural Perspectivist's 1996 Juror's Award of Excellence. Mr. Uddin has conducted several workshops on rendering and demonstrated graphics software for multimedia presentation. He is the author of Composite Drawing: Techniques for Architectural Design Presentation and Axonometric and Oblique Drawing: A 3D Construction, Rendering and Design Guide, both published by McGraw-Hill.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The book not only gives examples of what is going on in Architectural design in the offices using digital technics, but also defines clearly the process of designing and the use of computers effectively within that process. Impressive images, short and clear definitions of methods as well as hardware and software. I recommend it not only for practicing architects but researchers in this area as well as students of architecture...
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I found this book to be a real breakthrough in its genre. It is beautifully composed as graphic presentation. The images included are varied and plentiful, presented by all types and sizes of firms. Unlike most books of this type, the written descriptions are informative and worth reading.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A cautious note:( 7 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I am sorry to say that i was disappointed with this book after purchase. At initial glance i do acknowledge that this book is well presented with full color pages. But after close analysis i can say that certain illustrations are repeated and could also be accessed through the internet. The text is brief and can be recommended only for the new entry would-be computer designer and lacks the depth for the serious architect. Furthermore the author has wasted much space in the book describing the programs, hardware etc that the architecture firms have employed, that is non-relevant and is extensively iterated that tends to annoyance and frustration for the reader. The feeling here is that a good opportunity has gone begging due to a lack of thorough research into the works presented and a great reliance on colour illustrations that lack the information to support them.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting topic. Disappointing results. 21 Nov 2003
By Stefan Boeykens - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book in 2003, so this might be the reason I wasn't thrilled. The topic is interesting, but in a few years, the content gets so dated, that it is frustrating: the render quality might have been good those days, but the clear lack of indirect lighting, the deepblack shadows which erase all shading details, the use of clean, raytraced reflections makes it very computer-looking.
A current book like Exposé, by Ballistic Publishing, with more art-oriented computer works is clearly a major leap forward: attention to detail, materials, dirt & grime (not only for the architectural renderings).
And the long lists of displayed hardware & software might have been interesting at the time of publishing, but this has become largely irrelevant after even a short time. It is better to not go into much detail about these facts.
There is also a great lack of detailed information about "how things are done".
So I can't recommend the book.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone related with architecture and CAD... 11 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The book not only gives examples of what is going on in Architectural design in the offices using digital technics, but also defines clearly the process of designing and the use of computers effectively within that process. Impressive images, short and clear definitions of methods as well as hardware and software. I recommend it not only for practicing architects but researchers in this area as well as students of architecture...
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more praise for digital architecture 26 Mar 2000
By mark beavers - Published on Amazon.com
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i have to echo the other review's comments - this is an excellent book, full of great ideas for graphic presentations. i've owned this book for several months now, and i refer to it almost weekly. another great title in this area is "hyper-realistic" - check it out.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A positive review of the look and feel of the book 16 May 1999
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I found this book to be a real breakthrough in its genre. It is beautifully composed as graphic presentation. The images included are varied and plentiful, presented by all types and sizes of firms. Unlike most books of this type, the written descriptions are informative and worth reading.
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