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Old Posted Nov 25, 2010, 6:26 AM
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New York City 2015 3D Model Feat. the new World Trade Center

New York City 2015 3D Model Feat. the new World Trade Center


This is an outgrowth of my previous WTC project (old thread here) expanded beyond Lower Manhattan into basically the whole island. This is an ongoing project (so long as New York is an ongoing city) to fill in major new buildings that are seriously proposed or under construction and review their impact on the city locally and at large. While first priority is to finishing the WTC, and adding the largest buildings in the city, I encourage you to add links to new projects so I don't have to both model everything and keep on top of every single program on Manhattan.

Corrections are also encouraged, as sometimes I get things wrong. Criticism is also welcome so long as it has a constructive point and isn't just hatorade. As is clear from the first posts in this thread, going towards the end, this is a learning experience.

DON'T REPOST WITHOUT LEAVING A COMMENT AND A LINK TO WHERE YOU'RE POSTING. I have no problem with reposts, and it's not about giving credit, as I think everyone knows I'm the only one doing this kind of work on this level (for free at least...heh). If you're a blog, or just reposting here or on another forum, post in this thread and leave a link so I can follow the conversation and maybe even answer questions if any come up.

FAQ's:
What software do you use?
Autodesk 3D Studio Max 2011 Design. I use the built-in Mental Ray renderer to create the final visuals.

How long does it take to render one image?
Most renders here are 720p (1280x720) and most take ~20 minutes to process and spit out. Larger images take longer, as do ones that show a lot of the island. The big 4000x1000 render of the whole island took 4.5 hours, which is why there's just one of those.

Can I link this in my blog?
Sure, just leave a link in the thread for me and anyone else to follow. The images are provided free of use, just don't claim that you made them. We all know you didn't.

I'm also a 3D modeler. Have any tips?
Sure, but since you probably use different techniques on a different program, I'll leave you with one fairly universal and very important lesson: The color of glass comes from the reflection and the transparency. NEVER make the diffuse color anything different from black/white/gray and never make a pane of glass only 40% transparent. That would make for a crappy window in real life, and so is it virtually.

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Model area. Click for a 4000x1000 version.


Carnegie 57


Manhattan West towers


15 Penn Plaza and Manhattan West


the new World Trade Center


1 World Trade Center


1WTC detail


1 World Trade interior


2 World Trade Center, by Norman Foster, from above.


2 World Trade crown detail


2WTC facade detail


Old version of 3 World Trade Center, by Richard Rogers & Partners, from Church St.


2, 3, 4 World Trade Center, from the National 9/11 Memorial


3WTC Detail


3WTC & 4WTC from Cortlandt Way.


3 World Trade podium detail


Tower 3 interior


4 World Trade Center, by Maki & Asc. from Liberty St.


4WTC retail podium


WTC aerial view of building crowns


One Liberty Plaza


440 Park Avenue massing model
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Old Posted Nov 25, 2010, 9:04 AM
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STR the master!

That Carnegie 57 shot was a great angle, nice choice.
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Great renders. What renderer do you use?
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That's truly bad-ass.

Excellent work!
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Oh. My. God.

WOW.

Congratulations. This is incredible.
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Oh man, been waiting for this, just incredible. The first one you posted of the entire island is just ridiculous. It's all just ridiculous.

As for new buildings, I'd like to nominate:

57 E. 57th St.
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=117521

And 50 West.
http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=130225
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This is excellent.

Did you make the Manhattan model or did you extract it from Google Maps or something of the like? I ask because as a student in NY something like that could be tremendously helpful for my projects.
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Old Posted Nov 27, 2010, 2:23 AM
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Thanks for the links.



From: Jersey


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57th & 6th


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Absolutely beautiful. You truly know how to make wonderful renderings.

Any chance you'll put the other supertall proposals in too?
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I have Verre roughed out, but until there's a final design, I'm not going to do much about it.

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Amazing. Thanks for all the hard work, STR.
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some people say hong kong passed ny's skyline nooo way and after these are done noone will be able to say that with a straight face
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I really like the images of Carnegie, there hasn't ever been much in the way of renders or information for this, one of my favourite new buildings.
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Wow. Again, amazing, amazing work STR. I can not stop looking at the one with Tower Verre and C57, they're exactly what midtown needs, some pinnacles to break the monotony of 700 footers.

It's amazing to think about all the buildings that could go up between now and 2015 and what the impact will be on the skyline.
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Bravo STR. Absolutely incredible and thanks for sharing with us.
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Great work. These renderings help give a better appreciation for the tower.
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Fantastic work, STR! I live way in upstate Manhattan and just barely made the model. I feel privileged.
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