Kevin Matthews — Architecture — University of Oregon — Service

Architecture and Allied Arts: Advanced Graphics Laboratory.

The advanced graphics laboratory will address the needs of environmental design students in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts. The lab will focus on input and output of visual information in electronic formats. Design students currently develop and manipulate drawings, 3D computer models, and photographic images on personal computers at their individual studio desks. For review and presentation printed output is required. These printed images are "pinned up" in review spaces in which faculty reviewers simultaneously scan a variety of floor plans, building sections and 3D views to form an understanding of the students' design concepts. Computer generated images are compared and contrasted with traditional drawings, freehand sketches and physical models in these settings. At the present time there is not sufficient capacity to meet the rapidly growing demand for output from the literally hundreds of students who work with computers in design studios and professional courses.

The Department of Architecture requires all professional degree students entering both graduate and undergraduate degree programs (architecture and interior architecture) next academic year to have access to a personal computer throughout their course of study. A similar requirement exists in Planning, Public Policy and Management and one is contemplated in Landscape Architecture. The Architecture requirement alone will result in the student purchase of 145 new machines before the fall term. Undergraduate architecture students have been purchasing computers on a voluntary basis for the past five years. Of the roughly 100 students entering each year, 90% elected the computer oriented program in 1994, 70% in 1993, and 50% in previous years. This means that in September 1995 there will be at least 250 student owned, high speed, multi-media machines connected to the network within Lawrence Hall. By September of 1996 the number will exceed 400. The basic recommended workstation is a Power Mac with a CD-ROM drive and a high resolution color monitor.

Given this extraordinary investment on the part of the students and their families, it is incumbent upon the School to provide the infrastructure and support services necessary to realize the educational benefits anticipated by their investment. The advanced laboratory for graphic output is a critical element in meeting this obligation. Services at the lab must include qualified consultation on input/output techniques and a few extremely powerful workstations capable of adding "finishing touches" to large graphics files in preparation for printing. Purchase of two new color plotters is required with a modest initial budget for printing supplies and materials. It is assumed in this proposal that the School will be able to win approval of a "fee for output" collection mechanism such that the continuing costs of paper, ink, maintenance and perhaps additional printing devices can be met from a new revenue stream. The final element detailed below is a video package used to import site information (e.g. views of adjacent structures) into the electronic domain of the design workstation.

Proposed Budget:

Lab Consultant/ Manager:                       30,000.
Academic OPE: 10,014.
Basic workstation for the consultant: 3,000.
Training: 2,000.
High end graphic processors (total of 3):
Based on Power Mac 8100/110 with AV cards
and monitors. 24,300.
Memory upgrades to 80 megabytes (3): 6,000.
D-size color plotters (total of 2): 18,000.
Video equipment (cameras, VCR's and monitors): 10,000.
High volume data storage medium: 4000.
Software and initial CD-ROM library: 12,000.
Supplies for printing prior to fee approval: 6000.

Total request: $125,314