Diagramming the Big Idea Methods for Architectural Composition

ISBN-10: 0415894093
ISBN-13: 9780415894098
Edition: 2013
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List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 8/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.332
Language: English

As a beginning design student, you need to learn to think like a designer. In Diagramming the Big Idea, Jeffrey Balmer and Michael T. Swisher show you how architects create diagrams so that you can clarify your understanding of both particular projects and general principles and ideas. With 21 simple, step-by-step exercises using diagrams, drawings, and virtual models, in addition to the instructions, the authors clearly and consistently explain how to compose meaningful and useful diagrams. Once you've followed the development of the four projects drawn from the authors’ teaching you'll be familiar with architectural composition concepts, such as proportion, site, form, hierarchy, and spatial construction. This book will be an excellent studio resource whether at 3:00 AM during an all-nighter, or while you're waiting for your desk crit, or any other time that your instructor can't show you how to solve your design problem.

Read Me First!
What is Architecture?
Organization, Order, Composition
Utility, Function, Purpose
Measure, Matter, Method
Design and Method
Method and Methodology
How This Book Works
Two Roles for Precedents
The Form of the Argument
Description 1: Order and Measure
Sorting Through Ideas
Diagrams as Method
Diagram Types
Diagram and Design Education
Learning Diagrammatic Form
Gestalt Sub-categories
The Diagram and Visual Order
Our Purpose
Description 2: The Essential Hut
Order First
On Order
On Measure
Dividing the Square
Rules of Engagement
Positive and Negative Space
Order and the Orthogonal
Description 3: Order, Orientation and the Orthogonal
Design and Drawing Fundamentals
On Drawing
Relevance to Design
Deriving Order in Drawing
Exercises in Relational Geometry
Defined and Implied Space
Analyzing the Composition
Three Variant Compositions
Contrast, Repetition, Alignment and Proximity
The Variations Considered
General Observations
Motif, Pattern and Theme
Defined Fields
Sorting Through Results
Implied Fields
Adding Fields
Combining Fields
Description 4: The Courtyard
Building on Proportion
Object on a Field
A figure in the Relational Field
Looking at the Groups
Adding to the Quadrants
Two Elements
Refining the Figures
Observing the New Figures
Observing the New Group
Description 5: Figures and Fields
Conventions in Design
Drawing in the Third Dimension
Adding Fields and Overhead Planes
Turning the Grid
Reading the Section
Plan Layers
Final Relief
Description 6: Axis and Path
Starting in Three Dimensions
Design on a Grid
The Site
Three Figures
Spatial Models
Visualizing Axes
Spatial Hierarchy - Field, Grain and Path
Clarifying Plan Elements
More Complex Strategies
Diagram Model #1
Three Diagram Models
Five Diagrams
Constructing the Model
Description 7: Spatial systems
Precedent in Two Dimensions
Two Concepts
Two Expressions
Two Dimensions
House with Three Courts
The Danteum
Precedents in Three Dimensions
Representing the Third Dimension
Phillips Exeter Academy Library
Plan + Section = Isometric
Three-dimensional Anatomy
Unity Temple
Fundamental Diagrams
Cubes in Common
Diagram as Generator
Color & Material in Diagrams
First observations
Initial Encounters
A first Visual Palette
Color and Materials
Color and Material as Identifiers in Diagrams

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