OGR 06/10/2016Hi Alex,Thekla is a fascinating choice - and I love those strong visual references on your exterior influence map. I also think Thekla is a difficult city, because it's very easy to fall into the trap of three final paintings that are essentially different views of scaffolding! You will need to think very logically about this city in order to open up some more design opportunities for yourself, and I suggest you begin by asking what may appear to be some pretty boring questions about infrastructure and supply. What do I mean? Well let's begin by asking where all the wood/metal comes from that creates this city's unending supply of scaffolding and building materials...Sawmills?http://tic.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/100_3949_1-e1298409412614.jpghttp://www.old-picture.com/old-west/pictures/Saw-Mill.jpgSteelworks?http://www.bbc.co.uk/staticarchive/5b803d7dad45352dd2a8199f1d23aea0a56096a4.jpghttps://securityledger.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Fotolia_59877324_S.jpgTransport of materials?http://previews.123rf.com/images/ake1150/ake11501501/ake1150150100077/35479325-Cargo-train-platform-with-freight-train-container-at-depot-Stock-Photo.jpghttp://neston.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Neston-Colliery-Railway.jpgThen of course there's the idea that cranes would be as much architectural elements as the buildings themselves:http://www.heavyliftspecialist.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/ZPMC-Crane-transport.jpghttp://www.cargoequipmentexperts.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/kuebler_3_x.jpghttp://geekologie.com/2015/08/12/crane-lifts-crane-lifts-crane.jpgYou should also look at Architectural Deconstructivism for inspiration in regard to how you might start thinking about buildings that appear to be mid-construction or mid-demolition:http://www.widewalls.ch/deconstructivism-buildings/You might also want to look at the artist Christo, famous for wrapping buildings up and making them look like they've just been delivered or if they're under construction:http://christojeanneclaude.net/artworks/realized-projectsI guess the short version is Thekla needs a lot of imagination and 'what-if-ing' to ensure you're not repeating yourself between the three paintings and also that you're expanding on the world Calvino describes, as opposed to just showing us a building site x 3.
Thanks for the advice and links, I think you're right I do need to think more about where they get their materials and how they move them about so I will definitely be looking more into that!