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Monday, February 7, 2011

Moving to a new place


Dear friends and readers:
Thank you for visiting my blog. I have taken the plunge and have moved to tumblr, a blogging platform where I can better post images, snippets, and blog posts. On tumblr, not everything needs to be text, nor does it need to be long.

I have moved some posts from this blog over, and I will continue to do so in the coming months.

Now, I invite you to join me on tumblr at www.andrewnathanson.tumblr.com. If you have one of your own, please follow me!

This is, of course, not signaling the end of my Google SketchUp career. I still use the wonderful program and hope that many experiences--perhaps future Basecamps--remain in store for me.

Thank you,
Andrew
androo54@gmail.com

Thursday, November 4, 2010

If Only They Built It... LIBRARY CAFE & SKYWALK

This is part of a series called If Only They Built It... My use of SketchUp began in 7th grade and that year, I made an elaborate model of my school, Rye Country Day School (I'm now an alum.) Between 7th and 9th grades, I copied my school model and made additions and changes I wished to see in real life, some with excruciating detail. 8 years later, it's time to revisit those ideas. Click images for larger views.

LIBRARY CAFE & SKYWALK

I've spent a good deal of time at Manhattanville College in my life because of the school's proximity to home and Rye Country Day. At Manhattanville, like many schools, they have a cafe in the library. Here at Connecticut College, ours is called the Blue Camel Cafe. So, in my imaginary SketchUp/Rye Country Day world, I thought it would be a nice touch to build a cafe into the Klingenstein Library, a building that is literally a bridge between the Middle and Upper School. I also proposed a sky-walk connecting the 5th/6th grade hallway to the library because, even though these two spaces are less than 50' apart, the walk could take a few minutes and a number of staircases. I guess I was just lazy.


View of the Skywalk connecting the Library to the 5th/6th grade area of the Middle School

The Library Cafe, seen in the location of the support room that houses the old yearbooks and the cable internet connection.





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If Only They Built It... LS GYM STAGE

This is part of a series called If Only They Built It... My use of SketchUp began in 7th grade and that year, I made an elaborate model of my school, Rye Country Day School (I'm now an alum.) Between 7th and 9th grades, I copied my school model and made additions and changes I wished to see in real life, some with excruciating detail. 8 years later, it's time to revisit those ideas. Click images for larger views.

LOWER SCHOOL GYM STAGE

In my SketchUp world, I decided to create a stage addition to Cedar Street-facing end of the Lower School Gymnasium. The Lower School Gym may be more recognizable to some old-timers as the "Girl's Gym." It was constructed in 1957, I want to say (someone can fact check that--the cornerstone near northeast corner has the year,) and the title changed in the early 2000s. The simple stage I designed was raised about 4 feet, had a small backstage area, and also included mounted lights over the basketball court.


The stage, as viewed from center court looking south

Arial view of the stage and backstage hallway area
I even included a lighting and sound booth on wheels. In my head, the cart would reach the basketball court by being wheeled through the two roll-up doors seen above





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If Only They Built It... ART GALLERY

This is part of a series called If Only They Built It... My use of SketchUp began in 7th grade and that year, I made an elaborate model of my school, Rye Country Day School (I'm now an alum.) Between 7th and 9th grades, I copied my school model and made additions and changes I wished to see in real life, some with excruciating detail. 8 years later, it's time to revisit those ideas. Click images for larger views.

ART GALLERY


In 2004, a middle school art teacher and I were having a conversation about display space on campus. This conversation inspired me to design an art gallery and lecture space addition to the Dunn Performing Arts Center. I knew that the school was interested in a lecture hall, and that project transformed itself into the Pinkham Building addition, "Wildcat Hall" project (now officially "Memorial Hall,") for which construction began in the summer of 2009. My art gallery space, named after my grandmother who was an artist, was a two story addition to the Foyer of the PAC and had gallery space on the first floor, with the second floor available for additional displays or lecture seating.



View from above


Second floor in lecture setup


View of first floor gallery space


View up on new courtyard connecting arts the gallery with the Performing Arts Center foyer


View from Grandview Ave.


Ariel view of the first floor in gallery set-up




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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

If Only They Built It... SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL BANNERS, MORE OFTEN

This is part of a series called If Only They Built It... My use of SketchUp began in 7th grade and that year, I made an elaborate model of my school, Rye Country Day School (I'm now an alum.) Between 7th and 9th grades, I copied my school model and made additions and changes I wished to see in real life, some with excruciating detail. 8 years later, it's time to revisit those ideas. Click images for larger views.

SPRING ARTS FESTIVAL BANNERS, MORE OFTEN

In 2003, for the now-annual Spring Arts Festival, Mr. Starr, an art teacher, installed a number of colorful banners hanging off the library. This simple installation really struck me and inspired a number of my future designs and decorations. He simply used rolls of plastic table cloths. I found in my SketchUp model that I had mimicked his work in SketchUp and I wanted to share that briefly here. Unfortunately, I don't have a photo of the original. I'll keep an eye out for it, though.




Colored, flowing fabrics applied at the Youth Group Carnival I began
And used as ceiling decor at the Purim Carnival...




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If Only They Built It.... Pool

This is the first post in a series called If Only They Built It... My use of SketchUp began in 7th grade and that year, I made an elaborate model of my school, Rye Country Day School (I'm now an alum.) Between 7th and 9th grades, I copied my school model and made additions and changes I wished to see in real life, some with excruciating detail. 8 years later, it's time to revisit those ideas. Click images for larger views.

AN RCDS POOL

Rye Country Day School, sadly, does not have a pool, nor a swim team. In the existing parking space just north of the LaGrange Field House, I "dug" out the steep hill to create an indoor pool and a second-floor viewing area for the Field House and pool facility.

View from the fields

View from within the Field House to the viewing area

Ariel View
View of seating area in pool facility
You can see the multipurpose room/squash courts here. The locker room doorway connects with the existing hallway behind the lockers.





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