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Conceptual Massing Techniques in SketchUp

by Pierre Derenoncourt

In this set of SketchUp tutorials we'll learn some conceptual massing techniques that will help bring your innovative and unique architectural concepts closer to reality. Software required: SketchUp Pro.

What you'll learn

In this set of SketchUp tutorials we'll learn some conceptual massing techniques that will help bring your innovative and unique architectural concepts closer to reality. We'll begin by taking a look at how to create and manipulate volumes based on important design objectives. We'll create a simple cube that we'll split up into sub-parts with volumes and functions tied to the geometry. We'll then learn how to create components and sub groups so that we can manipulate our mass to create various iterations while still staying true to square footage and volume requirements of our design. Next, we'll apply some Boolean Operations to create complex forms and geometry from simpler forms. We'll also take a look at working with surfaces where we'll learn how to divide, rotate and deform shapes with a few simple clicks. Finally, we'll use a few Sandbox tools to create smooth organic forms. By the end of this SketchUp training, you'll be able to create unique, innovative, and even complex building forms that will help make your project or design stand out from the rest. Software required: SketchUp Pro.

About the author

Pierre is a Pluralsight training pioneer. Since becoming the first CAD and BIM author at Digital-Tutors (now a Pluralsight company), Pierre has played a major role in building the training library. With a productive background in the CAD industry, working as everything from a drafter to project manager, Pierre has long had a passion for the creativity and hard work that goes into designing architectural projects. Pierre is proud to be able to share his mastery of Revit and AutoCAD with the P... more

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