SketchUp for Planners - An Introduction

Get started using SketchUp, the popular, easy-to-learn 3D digital modeling program. This course provides an introduction to how planners and architects represent three-dimensional objects in two-dimensions, with step-by-step instructions for creating and using simple 3D models.

This course was eligible for 1 AICP CM credit (#e.25975) from April 2014 through June 30, 2014. To see a list of courses currently eligible for AICP CM credit, click here.

In This Course

  1. This chapter provides a brief overview of the course, discusses what you will learn and why you might consider taking this course. This course will introduce you to SketchUp, and you’ll learn how planners and architects represent three-dimensional objects in two-dimensions, with step-by-step instructions for creating and using simple 3D models.
  2. Getting Started
    Learn how to get started using SketchUp including downloading the program, setting your preferences, and navigating around the user interface.
  3. Thinking in Three Dimensions
    Learn how planners and architects represent the 3D world in two dimensions, using a simple model of a house as an example.
  4. Drawing in Sketchup
    Learn about drawing in SketchUp by building simple model of a house. Follow along with step-by-step instructions on how to use the basic drawing functions, including the Line, Rectangle, and Push/Pull tools.
  5. Drawing Auto-Functions
    Learn about some of the auto-functions of SketchUp including how the midpoint and endpoint functions work, how to create parallel lines of equal length, and how to draw on a face while continuing building the simple model of a house.
  6. Drawing Repeated Elements
    Learn about the time-saving functions of SketchUp including creating and modifying groups and components; and, using the Move, Copy, Past, Scale and Rotate tools.
  7. Drawing More Complicated Forms
    Learn how to draw arcs, circles and more complicated forms while creating a model of a bike rack.
  8. Final Touches
    Learn how to put the finishing touches on your model, including adding labels and dimensions, and how to export and print 2D images from your model.

Published 2012

instructor
Jaymes is a planner and urban designer who recently completed a Master in City Planning and Certificate in Urban Design at MIT’s Department Studies and Planning (DUSP). Prior to coming to MIT, Jaymes worked for the City of San Leandro Community Development Department, where he helped to draft the city’s first climate action plan, and for the East Bay Regional Park District.
40min