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Old February 18th, 2006, 04:49 AM   #1
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Chicago Model Thread

Since SSP is FUBAR tonight, I figure I ought to finally create a thread here for my model.

Classic postcard shot showing all the major proposals and constructions in all their glory.


Overview of downtown. The latest shot of the model.
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Old February 18th, 2006, 04:55 AM   #2
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The Loop


Wide angle shot from the south.


Close ups of other buildings
Mid Continental Plaza


AT&T
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Old February 18th, 2006, 04:57 AM   #3
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Lake Shore East-All new shots









From Hancock Observatory


From the proposed top floor of Fordham Spire
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Old February 18th, 2006, 04:58 AM   #4
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Old February 18th, 2006, 05:00 AM   #5
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Old February 18th, 2006, 07:37 AM   #6
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Wow, this is pretty impressive. What app are you developing this in, and what kind of polycounts are you seeing on your finished buildings?

I and several other people (that I know of) have modelled some buildings in detail for the SimCity 4 Building Architect Tool, which uses either Max or gmax.

This is quite impressive, at any rate. Is this being developed purely for enjoyment, or are you planning to sell this?
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Old February 18th, 2006, 08:26 AM   #7
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1)3DMax 7. Got a license cheap from a friend who opted against a graphics design career.
2) ~300,000 polys for the entire file. The buildings vary, with AT&T having ~100, Trump ~200 and Fordham Spire being some 3,200. They're basically massing models with bump/reflect mapping (plus a little transparency for the Fordham Spire spire). I used to design scenery for MSFS, so like all designers with roots in 3D gaming, it's all in the textures. It also makes changing a building ridiculously simple and fast. Rendering is also fast, once I streamlined the lighting system I was getting total rendering times of 2-3 minutes for the wide angle aerials.
3) Can't sell it because elements of it aren't originally mine.
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Old February 19th, 2006, 08:40 PM   #8
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Awsome Model!!! Anyway you can put the Museum Park Towers in on the South end of Grant Park?
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Old February 19th, 2006, 09:24 PM   #9
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STR, as usual, these are fantastic works. Clearly, there is a contrast between Trump Tower and Fordham Spire. The way they are situated by the Chicago River indicate that the former is massive and masculine and the latter is serene and feminine.
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Wow STR, those are truly great.

I haven't commented on them before, but your models of TTC and Fordham Spire are quite stunning
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I vote we make this thread a sticky.
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Old February 20th, 2006, 10:40 PM   #12
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Water Tower district and Mag Mile.










From the JHC 94th. The shadows have a nice effect, but unfortunately, the deck isn't open at 8AM.






North Loop and 300 N LaSalle










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Old February 24th, 2006, 02:24 AM   #13
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STR, this is UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!! And you, STR, are also UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!

This definitely would happen in 4 years from now.

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STR-two buildings I don't see in Streeterville is the STREETER(ohio&mcclurg) which has just been topped off and the Parkview(illinois&mcclurg) which construction just began on. Just curious as to why they aren't on their. Good WORK!
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Old February 24th, 2006, 05:08 AM   #16
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This is the rarest of photo spreads where "Oh My God" actually means "Oh My God" or perhaps more realistically OH MY GOD!!!

And while STR has appeared to offer a wonderful service to us here, I am not yet convinced that he hasn't been wrecklessly irresponsible for sharing these pix without including a warning to people who might have heart conditions!!!!
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Thanks for all your hard work STR! Great stuff!!
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Old February 24th, 2006, 06:11 AM   #18
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amazing!!! thanks man , you make my day with these spectaculare models! rock on Chicago 2010
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WOWW, what a great job, can we steal you for a ny model?
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Wow, those models are kick-ass. Nice work, STR.
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