Last fall, students in Michael Davis’ Digital Paris course took part in an experiment to see how 3D modelling might shed light on Gothic architecture. Working from schematic drawings, students extruded simple cross sections into columns, arches, bases and tracery. Today, students can get help with SketchUp during staffed hours at the Media Lab or by appointment.
The use of SketchUp was inspired by a collaboration between Professor Davis and myself to rebuild the Church of the Cordeliers from “sketchy” evidence. Our work (shown below and in fly-through) revealed several areas where visual depictions diverged from reality.