Friday, May 30, 2008

Preview of the Brick x Brick movie

Coming soon to a theater near you!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008


GO GREEN....GO GREEN....this here is a park for the enviroment so we could all have fun.....also its healthier for the enviroment.....

Saturday, May 17, 2008

One of our first stop motion experiments

Sherianne and Shari used the tabletop as an ad hoc animation studio, taking one photo every time they changed the arrangemet of objects on the table.

Some of the sugar cube buildings shaping up at Girl Power in Liberty City

When interviewed, each girl was planning a unique structure. Some designed shopping malls, boutiques, clothing stores.

stop motion look at sugar cube construction

Jamal, from the Barnyard, shows the step-by-step, brick by brick construction of his work, using iStopMotion, software available for Mac OSX.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Terry Riley visits Brick x Brick

Miami Art Museum's Director, Terry Riley, is an architect. He visited our group at Little Havana Institute and gave Keishla, Dariel and Osmani personal critique on their projects in Sketchup. It reminded all of us that these projects could be actually constructed - if we get the proportions right!

Sugar cubes - great building material

Bricks = sugar cubes
Mortar = royal icing (1 lb. confectioner's sugar + 1 tsp. cream of tartar + 1/2 c. water blended til smoooooooth, no lumps)

Build up your walls, painting the icing in between each brick/sugar cube. When the royal icing hardens, the bricks will be stuck to each other pretty firmly, but still don't move them or jiggle the buildings too much. It's delicate.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Shari builds with sugar cubes

I never built sugar cubes. I came up with idea because i like butterflies. in this building in miami i wuld put the sugar cube butterfly on the south beach because that's a very popular place everyone seems to go there. so they will be able to see how creative i was. it would be in a shopping mall in the art section because many people seem to hang out in the shopping mall and i want my sugar cube butterfly to get noticed. yes the sugar cube buttertfly would have a name. it would be called the the tasty butterfly. yes they can use sugar cubes to build buildings depending on what they're willing to make.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Some other possibilities

Using the computer as our drawing board, we can re-cycle our images in infinite combinations. Sammy, from the YWCA, discovered that his sketchup design could be a photo booth backdrop.

Carenzo at the YWCA

Carenzo has two visions, one for a floating suburban home, and the other a pretty ambitious city tower.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Shari's club

the name of my club is called weezy wee. the name doesn't mean anything the name of the club is the actual person lil wayne i just chose to use weezy wee. this type of club is a ordinary hall with a wierd name and this type of hall like celebrity guest come when requested to come. the best place for this club in the city is in coconut grove because there are rarely things to do in coconut grove. besides clubs coconut grove needs more shopping centers and places to hangout. they need separately places for people in wide ranges of ages.

Livin' Big

Jamal and Kenyan, from the Barnyard in Coconut Grove, are ready to open up their own design office. This is a view of a work in progress called "Livin' Big".

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Urban designers

Osmani, from Little Havana Institute, is great at making connections within an ensemble of buildings. He's got a pretty bold sense of color!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Look out - it's the next generation

Asia, who is 9, popped in to our Brick x Brick workshops, and she latched on right away.

The girls get into patterns

Patterns generated digitally can be used for many design purposes. Understanding repeats get us all to think in terms of mathematics, too!

Cinematic design

Deon, from the Downtown YWCA program, got really into creating a scene from a disaster movie.

Inspiring the groups

The impetus for the work done in Brick by Brick comes directly from the work of artists who know how to translate what they do to young people in after-school settings. Michelle Weinberg, Dinorah de Jesus Rodriguez, Dimitry Chamy and Patricio Cuello work in art, design and architecture fields. Their own practices were the model for Brick by Brick activities.

Michelle invented an environment using the same "playful physics" that characterizes her paintings.

Experimental Designs

By experimenting in Sketchup, we can imagine a whole new look for an urban plaza. This design was made by Alex at Little Havana Institute.

Girl Power gets design fever

The girls at Girl Power in Liberty City harnessed the lightning fast connection between millions of images they surf on the internet, photos of themselves and the 3D drafting platform provided free by Sketchup. Buildings that they designed and customized with their photos eventually landed up on their myspace pages! Technology and design meet social networking.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

by Cornelius at Coconut Grove Cares

Using cosmic painter, we can make moving images.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Working with SketchUp

After playing around with SketchUp, I made this 3D image and exported it as a 2D image. After using SketchUp for the second time, I will download it on to my laptop.

Posted by: Lissette C.

Moving images show all the views of a building

In this case, a project by Dariel at Little Havana Institute, the Umbrella Corporation.

Kenny's animated movie made in sketchup

Some basic forms have been enhanced with color. Kenny is a student at Little Havana Institute.

patterns make good textures for building surfaces

Lissette made these patterns.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Two views of a personalized space

Lissette from the Downtown YWCA is an experienced computer user. This structure is off to a great start.

Working in Coconut Grove

Jamal and Sherianne

Starting to edit our urban design movie clips

We're learning the new version of iMovie. Our animated clips from Sketchup of our original designs for buildings and interiors are lined up and ready to go. Transitions, effects, titles and sound are next.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Developing new textures and patterns

Sherianne and Shari at The Barnyard in Coconut Grove are using Cosmic Painter, a free download for Mac OSX to develop new textures and patterns. They are both working on a moving image project.

Not your ordinary office

Kenny, from Little Havana Institute, is in the process of designing two new office spaces.

Kenny's wall treatments were invented using images from his favorite internet browsing sites.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Keishla's urban design

Keishla created this design using Sketchup at the Little Havana Institute.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

nike the ones

i got the pic from a shoe web site and then i put them on the buliding then i changed the pic and it become a wired pic it looks funyy - Osmani, Little Havana Institute