Guest Lecture for Archi 120: Architectural Diagrams

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Guest lecture for Architecture 120 discussing architectural diagrams and diagrammatic methods.

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Lecture notes for Guest Lecture for Archi 120: Architectural Diagrams

ARCHITECTURAL DIAGRAMS

WHAT IS A DIAGRAM?

  • Explain major design idea
  • Simplify design into major decisions/moves
  • Provide a clear, easy to understand view of the project

LEARNING TO DIAGRAM…

  • Practice, Practice, Practice! Work first in sketchbook…
    • try:
      • adding color
      • adding cut out images
      • different medium (pencil, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, etc.)

ARCHITECTURAL DIAGRAM EXAMPLES

DIAGRAMMATIC TECHNIQUES

DIAGRAMMATIC TECHNIQUES

DIAGRAMMATIC TECHNIQUES

STUDENT DIAGRAMS

DIAGRAMMATIC TECHNIQUES

  • Use colors to accentuate/ draw out specific pieces of the design
  • Image From: www.milimet.net
  • Thermal Systems Diagram
  • Diurnal Cycle Diagram
  • Elevations with and without collage
  • SFO Flight Patterns
  • Human Movement Patterns, SFO
  • Human Movement Patterns, SFO
  • Interconnectivity Diagram
  • Interconnectivity Diagram
  • Structural Diagrams
  • View Diagram
  • Site Diagram
  • Thought Diagram

MAKING A VISUAL SURVEY

PATHWAYS

  • Major and Minor routes of circulation through a city (any space)
  • Often documented with lines or arrows
  • Cabspotting

DISTRICTS

  • Districts are the component neighborhoods that make up the city
  • Sometimes they are distinct, sometimes difficult to distinguish from neighboring districts
  • Denoted by shade or color

EDGES

  • Occur at the termination of the district
  • When two districts form at an edge, they form a seam
  • Often represented by stitch lines (zig-zag, etc.)

LANDMARKS

  • Prominent visual features of a city
  • Often seen from great distances
  • Help people to orient themselves within the city
  • Often denoted by triangles, the bigger = the larger the landmark

NODES

  • Nodes are centers of activity
  • Different from a landmark by amount of activity/movement
  • Represented by dots, the larger the dot (or cluster of dots) the bigger the node

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