Drawn to Design: Analyzing Architecture Through FreeHand Drawing

Drawn to Design: Analyzing Architecture Through FreeHand Drawing

Eric Jenkins

Language: English

Pages: 313

ISBN: B010BDN124

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The book is a guide for students and teachers to understand the need for, the role of and the methods and techniques of freehand analytical sketching in architecture. The presentation focuses on drawing as an approach to and phase of architectural design.
The conceptual goal of this approach is to use drawing not as illustration or depiction, but as exploration. The first part of the book discusses underlying concepts of freehand sketching in design education and practice as a complement to digital technologies. The main component is a series of chapters that constitute a typology of fundamental issues in architecture and urban design; for instance, issues of "façade" are illustrated with sketch diagrams that show how façades can be explored and sketched through a series of specific questions and step-by-step procedures. This book is especially timely in an age in which the false conflict between "traditional vs. digital" gives way to multiple design tools, including sketching. It fosters understanding of the essential human ability to investigate the designed and the natural world through freehand drawing.

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but you saw! Le Corbusier, Creation is a Patient Search25 Once we pick up and learn to use a tool what do we do with it? What is the role of sketching in helping develop thinking processes? Simply put, sketching helps understand the world so that we can better work with or, for that matter, against it. Understanding requires that we look beneath the surface of a thing to uncover its essential nature, to make the complex comprehensible and to see that the apparently simple may be more complex.

drawing type or scale and even the media – helps encourage understanding of a place. Accepting, even encouraging, overlapped and juxtaposed drawings engenders simultaneous “both/ and” drawing and thinking. At once clear and ambiguous yet differentiated with subtle line weight, tone or texture variations, simultaneous compositions can help develop a 55 familiarity and perhaps even comfort with the ambiguity essential for architectural design thinking. Opposite page clockwise from upper left:

different but retains a sense of sacredness within the diagram. Here there is the idea of moving from the main center atrium through the stacks and finally to the intimate reading carrels incorporated into the windows. The personal private space becomes a kind of sacred space within the library. Changing the hatching density highlights those areas of increased sacredness. The fireplace also is a moment of sacredness as it becomes a place of gathering within the library that obviously is not

views, which are delineated Overlapping inside and outside spaces and views Ground level floor plan Schindler-Chase House West Hollywood, California, 1923 Rudolph M. Schindler How does the building relate to the landscape? What would change if the landscape were changed? Is there a clear or indistinct line between “landscape” and “building”? Where does the sun rise and set? Where is the sun at mid-day? Where is north? 88 Mapping the Plan as overlapping rectangles. The diagram of Palladio’s

pages show how place is best understood through varied tools or lenses. The book is meant to be a starting point. It is hoped that it can help develop an appreciation of observation and of really looking at and seeing the world. This in turn can only help the young architect learn and then add with a degree of responsibility to that environment. The methodology that is proposed should be seen as a framework that should be modified and adapted to the student’s individual way of learning and

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