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July 31, 2006

Reassessing the Build

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During our weekly conference call with ElectricArtists and the aloft team at Starwood, we discussed incorporating more suburban or urban elements that will give the island the feel of a seaside town. As aloft will be a brand that you'll be able to find in almost any environment, we wanted to make the surrounding areas on the island a more approachable, familiar feel.

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We've planned out a few key changes:

- Adding "The Strand", a boardwalk/biking area that will go around the perimeter of the island. There will be lifeguard towers on the beach, sand barriers to seperate the beach from the walkway, and other props such as sun tents, minibars, etc.

- Adding a garden-style landscaped area between the strand and the harbor inlet. We're also going to be utilizing the storefronts in this area as well as the boardwalk.

- Scripting a walkway bridge to join The Strand together above the harbor entrance.

Another aspect that we're currently brainstorming on is activities (or interactivity) that will give visitors something to do while visiting the aloft island. The potential for a live music event is a frontrunner right now, but as we fill out the island, more opportunies and ideas will pop up.

Finally, the basic texturing for the outside of the hotel has been completed. I usually will do at least a first texture pass on a project, then go back once more elements have been added to add depth with shadowing, more finely detailed textures, etc.

So far, so good!

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