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Drawing Architecture and the Urban

ISBN: 978-1-118-87940-5
328 pages
April 2016
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Drawing is an important means to analyse information and develop rigorous arguments both conceptually and visually. Going beyond the how-to drawing manual, this book provides an instrumental approach to drawing, especially computer-generated drawings; it outlines how drawings should be used to convey clear and analytical information in the process of design, as well as the communication and discussion of a project. In depth examples are provided how to communicate effectively. The final section demonstrates how to transform case-studies, directly connecting an analytical approach with the design process.
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Table of Contents


Description, Analysis and Transformation: Drawing as Diagram


1 Point, Line, Plane and Volume

2 Plan Conventions

2.1 Orthographic Projections (Elevation)

2.2 Cut-away Views (Plan and Section)

2.3 Paraline Drawings

2.4 Perspective Drawings

3 Graphic Conventions

3.1 Line Weight, Style and Type

3.2 Hatching, Texture, Material and Shading

3.3 Colour

3.4 Drawing Scale and Paper Size

3.5 Annotation and Dimensioning


1 Description

1.1 Context: Location Plan and Site Section

1.2 Building: Plan, Elevation and Section

1.3 Building: Axonometric and Perspective

2 Analysis

2.1 Context: Figure-Ground Plan

2.2 Context: Orientation

2.3 Building: Massing

2.4 Building: Structural Organisation

2.5 Building: Programme

2.6 Building: Circulation-to-Use

2.7 Building: Part-to-Whole

2.8 Building: Repetitive-to-Unique

2.9 Building: Geometrical Order

2.10 Building: Parti

3 Comparison

3.1 Free Plan vs Raumplan

3.2 Deconstruction of Whole to Parts

3.3 Vertical vs Horizontal

3.4 Sectional Organisation

3.5 Landscape and Landform

3.6 Modularity

4 Comparative Matrices

4.1 Massing

4.2 Conceptual Organisation

4.3 Disposition

4.4 Distribution

4.5 Circulation

4.6 Difference

4.7 Growth


1 Description

1.1 Urban Plan

1.2 Land Use

1.3 Density

1.4 Circulation (Transport)

1.5 Open Spaces

1.6 Infrastructures

2 Analysis

2.1 Figure-Ground Plan

2.2 Hierarchies and Organisation

2.3 Part-to-Whole and Repetitive-to-Unique

2.4 Built Environment

2.5 Phasing

3 Comparison

3.1 Block

3.2 Enclave

3.3 Ground

3.4 Infrastructure

4 Comparative Matrices

4.1 Size

4.2 Distribution

4.3 Hierarchy and Layering

4.4 Difference

4.5 Growth

4.6 Architectural Types and Urban Morphology


1 Typological Transformation

1.1 Timeline

1.2 Comparative Matrix

1.3 Comparative Diagrams

1.4 Typological Transformation Diagrams

1.5 Transformative Matrix

2 Design Examples

2.1 Tokyo Podium by Sakiko Goto

2.2 The City Campus by Marcin Ganczarski

2.3 The Chinese Unit by Yuwei Wang

2.4 Cité Housing by Alvaro Arancibia Tagle

Drawing Acknowledgements and References

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