Re: GINA the Clothed Automobile

After reading this posting I began to think how this concept car relates to the architect-client design process. The skin that GINA uses is unique in that its allows the car to have virtually no seams. To the viewer (and designer) the car serves to blur the lines one would normally see in automobile design. As the video, that justinzsims posted in the blog, points out the car has a basic shape of an automobile but without the defining lines of production cars. This as Bangle states becomes ““not just a model that became a shape, or just about cloth as a skin. It became about a thinking process, a philosophy, that said ‘we can do things differently’”.

Taking this idea to how the architect-client process progresses is relatively similar. Many architects strive to keep the early stages of the design of a building in rough ‘sketch’ form or ‘SketchUp’ if computer rendered. The use of ‘photo-realistic’ renderings often come after the client has chosen a specific design concept. Sometimes when photo-realistic renderings are produced too early designers and clients can get trapped in the visual element so much that they mentally deceive themselves into thinking the design is ‘unchangeable’. This can quickly lead to creativity being lost on a project.

Real Photo of Burj Khalifa

‘Photo-Realistic’ Rendering of Burj Khalifa

As the author states, “By exploring the creative process unashamedly, new avenues of design reveal themselves”. This statement holds very true especially in the early stages when new concepts and ideas are the easiest to be tested. Overall I think GINA represents an excellent model for design as it leaves a lot for the imagination to digest while defining very little of a final product.

Works Cited

1). Nesset, Christian. “Burj Khalifa Renderings” Photobucket. 09 April 2010.

2). justinzsims. “GINA the Clothed Automobile” University of Minnesota- TC. 27 October 2012. Blog.


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