Exercise 4.4

Architectural Diagrams


The course website is a resource for all former and current students of the Digital Tools for Architects course series (and a surprising number of outside people as well). By now, you are quite familiar with the tutorials and lecture content, but there are also a number of additional resources. There is a section of the course website devoted to architectural precedents and the collection of data about those precedents (including AutoCAD floor plans & sections). You will help build these pages both for your own future reference and for the benefit of other students. For this exercise, you will be working with an existing architectural building or project. For Part 1, you need to select a built project (a building or landscape that has actually been constructed). For Part 2, you can continue to work with the building you select in Part 1, or you may choose one of your own studio projects.

Part 1: Creating a building page on the course website.

  • Select an architectural building that you wish to work with. Please do not select one already shown on the Resources>Architectural Precedents>Buildings (http://www.digitaltoolsforarchitects.com/resources/architectural-precedents/buildings/) page. I am hopeful that you will be able to find plans and sections for the building you choose.
  • Once you select your building, please come to the front and write your name and the building name on the white board. If a building is already written on the board, please choose another as there should be no duplicate buildings. This is first come, first serve for selection.
  • Follow Digital Life Tutorial 0.16 to create a building page on the course website. I will demonstrate this step in lecture.

Part 2: Advanced Diagrams

  • For part 2 of this exercise, you will select one plan and one section (or photograph) of the building you documented in Part 1. If you would prefer, you may elect to work with one of your own projects in lieu of the building chosen in Part 1. For the plan and section selected, create one diagram of each (2 diagrams total). Each diagram should emphasize important design considerations/decisions. It should be abstract, yet a relevant explanation of the design concept(s). Diagrams are often quite simple and focus on the most important piece of design. For example, the way light passes through a building, or the juxtaposition of positive and negative space, or the way the site channels water, or the framing of a view, or the deriving of spatial relationships through and abstract pattern, etc.
  • Using and 8.5x11 document in Illustrator, place and scale your plan or section to fit the page. Make sure it is on its own layer so that it can easily be locked or turned off.
  • Next using the pen tool (or any other tool that seems suitable) begin to diagram the major design emphasis. You may need to try this several times, so each time use a separate layer until you are satisfied with the result. The final diagram should have queues from your plan or section, but should not contain the entire image.
  • Making sure your plan/section is turned off, and after you have saved your illustrator file (.ai), use the File>Save for Web and Devices... to save the image as a jpeg. Post this file to the course website. This should be done before class on Monday 10/29.

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