John Grindrod's Concretopia: A Journey Around the Rebuilding of Postwar PDF

By John Grindrod

ISBN-10: 1906964904

ISBN-13: 9781906964900

TOWER BLOCKS. FLYOVERS. STREETS within the SKY. as soon as, THIS used to be the longer term. was once Britain's postwar rebuilding the peak of midcentury stylish or the concrete embodiment of Crap cities? John Grindrod made up our minds to determine how blitzed, slum-ridden and crumbling 'austerity Britain' grew to become, in a number of brief years, a space-age global of concrete, metal and glass. On his trip he visits the sleepy Norfolk birthplace of Brutalism, the once-Blitzed urban centre of Plymouth, the futuristic New city of Cumbernauld, Sheffield's leading edge streets within the sky, the rules of the BT tower, and the courageous Nineteen Fifties experiments within the Gorbals. alongside the best way he meets New city pioneers, tower block developers, Barbican architects, outdated retainers of Coventry Cathedral, proud prefab dwellers and sixties city planners: those who lived via a time of extraordinary swap and pleasure. What he unearths is a narrative of stunning space-age optimism, ingenuity and helipads — such a lot of helipads — tempered through protests, lethal collapses and scandals that shook the govt. Concretopia is an available, hot and revealing social background of a facet of england frequently missed, insulted and misunderstood. it's going to switch how you examine Arndale Centres, tower blocks and urban ceaselessly.

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Basically, you can bring an aerial photograph of any place on Earth (including your home) into SketchUp and start modeling right on top of it. • From a photograph: The second part of Chapter 8 talks all about how you can use SketchUp to build a model based on a photo of the thing you want to build. It’s not really a beginner-level feature, but it’s there. 15 16 Part I: Getting Started with SketchUp • With another computer file: SketchUp can import images and CAD (computer-aided drawing) files so that you can use them as a starting point for what you want to make.

When you lock an inference, you constrain whatever tool you’re using to only work in the direction of the inference you locked. Confused? Check out the following example for some clarity. Color Plate 6 shows a situation where it would be useful to lock a blue On Axis inference while I’m using the Line tool. I want to draw a vertical line that’s exactly as tall as the peak of the house’s roof, so here’s what I do: 1. Click once to start drawing an edge. Chapter 2: Establishing the Modeling Mind-Set 2.

You use the Line tool to draw individual edges, and because SketchUp models are really just fancy collections of edges (carefully arranged, I’ll admit), anything you can make in SketchUp, you can make with the Line tool. SketchUp models are made up of edges and faces. Anytime you have three or more edges that are connected and on the same plane, SketchUp creates a face. If you erase one of the edges that “defines” a face (borders it), the face disappears, too. Take a look at the section “It’s All about Edges and Faces,” earlier in this chapter, for more information on the relationship between edges and faces.

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