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Catrina Lee, 14, working on her design of a high-rise residential tower with 3D modelling.

Environmental issues are an increasing concern for people all around the world. The voices of the younger generation are being raised to draw the attention of adults and governments to the need for action. But it is still not clear what the next step will be. 

What do you think should be done? And how would you present your ideas if you had the chance to address 200 people in your school hall? 

For instance, could you explain how the interaction of ocean currents leads to the formation of storms? Would you be able to illustrate the “heat-island effect” by showing different air-flow patterns? Or could you set out a suggested architectural design or another innovative project which might be used in developing the cities of the future?  

Blow-up model page to demonstrate solutions for the above-mentioned existing problems.

The latest version of PowerPoint 365, developed by the technology giant IBM for Microsoft, will make it easier to do things like this. With the new software, it is possible to insert 3D models directly in a series of presentation slides and make full use of an assortment of free online resources. 

This will also help in organising your research projects and make them more comprehensive and professional. To start with, you make want to take a look at the following: 

Title / Cover page of Catrina’s first design statement; notice how eye-catching images were inserted to illustrate her design concepts.

Alice Cheung, founder of My Archischool, says that presenting ideas as an architect bears some similarities to the way reporters go about their work. “We need to present the most intriguing factors first and then explain them clearly, while including other details along the way.”  

A good presentation, she notes, helps the audience to understand all the key points and to start thinking about some of the deeper issues. In contrast, if people have trouble following your ideas, they may grow impatient and lose interest.  

Overall Site model page to demonstrate the analytical parts of the contextual challenges and/or existing problems.

As an example of how to do things well, look at how Catrina Lee, a 14-year-old student at My ArchiSchool, presents a 3D model on her presentation slides.

Stay tuned to this channel. Our next article will tell you how to create your own 3D model, like Catrina did above.

Edited by John Cremer

(Disclaimer: Neither My Archischool nor our staff have any commercial relationship in any forms with Microsoft or their authorised dealers.)

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