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UNDERSTANDING ARCHITECTURE THROUGH DRAWING BRIAN EDWARDS Taylor & Francis, Abingdon, Oxon, England and New York, NY, USA, Read Online Understanding Architecture Through Drawing pdf The guide Understanding Architecture Through Drawing is not only giving you far more. UNDERSTANDING ARCHITECTURE THROUGH DRAWING BY BRIAN EDWARDS. ROSALIND ORMISTON. Independent art historian.

Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. Rosalind Ormiston. Brian Edwards is an architect, teacher and writer, a town planner and author of over sixteen publications. The original publication, and the second edition, is primarily aimed at the architectural student. It is written to encourage improvement in drawing skills, and to explore design and graphic techniques. It includes around sketches and illustrations. Apart from the additional chapters, the format of the new edition combines design theory with practical lessons in drawing. Edwards illustrates how to use a sketchbook as an integral work tool. For student designers and architects who utilise the digital camera, model making, and computer aid design CAD , Edwards pushes forward his argument that freehand drawing not only improves understanding of the intricacies of modern architecture but also helps to create a more humane environment, through the development of visual and artistic sensibilities.

This type of drawing can be split into: The third type of freehand drawing concerns the exploration of the existing world, its buildings, details and landscapes. The use of drawing in this regard does not just provide a repertoire of forms and designs to use in developing new structures, but helps cultivate a sensitivity towards the existing context in which architects, planners and landscape architects are increasingly required to work.

Of these three broad categories of drawing, this book focuses upon the latter. With a growing awareness of the cultural and aesthetic values of cities, and with the European Community requiring ever-higher standards of urban design, those in the environmental professions face new challenges. The general public, too, are better informed and through local amenity societies and bodies like the National Trust make their views known on an unprecedented scale.

The widening of education to embrace design and technology under the national curriculum reforms of promises to focus yet more The benefits of drawing 9 attention upon design in public fields such as architecture.

Hence the world of the professions has been opened to challenge by an informed public, with design no longer the monopoly of people with letters after their names. Before the modern design professions were established, students and practitioners employed the sketchbook as a matter of course.

They were not topographical artists but people in search of creative material. The Arts and Crafts architect George Devey studied under John Sell Cotman in Norwich in the s, thereby absorbing not just Cotman's approach to freehand drawing, but a whole collection of details of windmills, barns, country houses, castles and cottages which later proved invaluable to Devey the architect. One can trace the origins of the architectural sketchbook back to the Renaissance, but its blossoming as a creative force in its own right owes much to the nineteenth century.

The sketchbook is a personal record - a dialogue between artist and subject. The nature of the dialogue determines the quality or use of the finished drawing. By engaging in the subject, the artist, architect or student develops a sensitivity and understanding difficult to obtain by other means. The blind copying of subject is not necessarily useful - a critical stance is required. One may never use the sketch produced of the town or landscape - at least not directly - but, like reading a good book, the insights gained may prove invaluable later on.

The designer needs to be accomplished in the three main areas of drawing mentioned earlier. To be able to render a convincing perspective is an essential skill; to explore the detailing of an unbuilt structure through sketches avoids pitfalls in the final design; and to use freehand drawing to learn from past examples helps the architect or urban designer to give better shape to townscapes of the future.

The environmental awareness that is a feature of our post-industrial society has encouraged a return to questions of firmness, commodity and delight. These are the qualities the Arts and Crafts architects sought to discover through their sketchbook investigations.

This book seeks to pick up the threads of a drawing tradition, and to use them to teach us lessons about the contemporary city, its buildings and landscapes. It is a convention, based upon a degree of abstraction and analysis, which focuses the mind upon aesthetic values. Whereas numbers are useful to economists, words to politicians and poets, lines are what artists and designers employ. Visual literacy is developed through the medium of drawing. A distinction needs to be made between drawing as a tool for designers and drawing as a technique employed by artists.

Although both artists and designers use drawing to help develop ideas, they do so in quite different ways. Artists are concerned with mark making, rather than descriptive drawing, and such marks are usually the genesis of later inspirational work. Their drawings are invariably abstract and experimental even when based upon observation.

Even when fine art conventions are followed, the drawings made by artists tend to be fairly free form, employing mixed media and integrated with other visual material such as photography or collage. Fine art drawings, as against the drawings designers make, are likely to employ scraffitto texture , impasto surface , and shade light and dark to give the effect of modelling.

Designer drawings, on the other hand, employ a more mechanistic response based upon disciplined observation of what is before the observer. This is not to suggest that architects' drawings are 10 Understanding architecture through drawing 1. The benefits of drawing 11 without abstraction or inspiration although it is often sadly the case , rather it serves to remind society that designers solve both visual and functional problems through the medium of drawing. Their drawings contain the genes that allow future objects to be designed, made or built.

In this sense the freehand drawings of architects and designers are not only anchored in the context of the present but contain the fertile possibility of the future. To help architects understand form certain con- ventions have been developed. These include ortho- graphic projection and perspective drawing, both of which have had their potential greatly amplified by computer- aided design CAD graphics.

The combination of two- and three-dimensional drawing techniques means that a typical architect or product designer employs a mixture of plan, section, elevation, axonometric and perspective drawings to communicate their intentions. What this book is mainly concerned with, however, is the stage before formal drawing begins - those preliminary sketches often made in the field or studio that help to develop visual awareness.

These early sketches, placed for convenience in a sketchbook, allow precedent to be understood, methods of construction to be analysed, relationships in space or time to be assessed, and much more. For the designer the sketch is less an experimental beginning based upon abstract concepts although this may be the case in the work of Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry , and more the critical examination of a building, place, landscape or programme.

The architect generally builds his or her designs upon precedent. Even the best architects learn from the example of other architects' buildings, and often from their own. Many cultivate an awareness not just of contemporary precedent but historic examples too. Certain architects also seek to understand and exploit types of precedent drawn from outside the world of the built environment.

For example, Norman Foster admits to being influenced by the design of airport hangars and the aircraft themselves, whilst Santiago Calatrava is inspired by structures and designs found in nature, especially the shape and construction of bones. In both examples, sketches are used to learn about physical, material and visual properties - ideas that then migrate into their architecture.

Design is ultimately about solving problems. The future exists as an imaginative idea within the mind of the architect. Translating this concept into a building requires drawings. The problems to be solved are functional, technological, environmental and social. How sketches and more formal drawings are employed by architects varies but generally speaking sketching occurs at the beginning of the process, with two-dimensional drawings such as plans being utilised more towards the end.

The first sketch made is instrumental and tells us a great deal about how a designer thinks. If the early design sketch takes the form of a section, the final building will be quite different had it been a plan.

Likewise, had the first sketch been of a historic building of similar type, or of the structure of the landscape, or of some abstract but related concept, the final design again would have proceeded in a quite different fashion. For example, the architect Will Alsop often begins his design process with a painting that embodies some of the abstract ideas that more formal drawing may eliminate.

His paintings are colourful, joyful and rich in design potential. Another architect, Edward Cullinan, carefully draws the visual relationship between his site and the wider city or landscape.

In the process he discovers new ways of solving the design problem - ways that subtly stitch the new building into the wider scene. With Cullinan, as with Foster, the focus and tension in these early sketches informs the whole design process.

The plan is often the primary generator but sometimes the section or orthogonal projection takes priority. Sketches are explorations of spatial or formal possibilities. However, ideas are not only worked out in drawings, models and increasingly paintings are also employed, especially by those architects who are under the influence of art practices.

More adventurous architects, from Rem Koolhaas to Zaha Hadid, use diagonal rather than orthogonal projection, creating dynamics in section as well as plan. When the lines are then stretched and twisted, the resulting buildings have a richness that the obsessive use of the right angle tends to deny. Architects uniquely have invested in them the shaping of the future of cities. They shape this visually, functionally and socially the latter in collaboration with town planners.

Architects are essentially artists working at the scale of the city and with the material of building. Like other artists, they engage in shape, colour, light and space - manipulating all four to solve technical and aesthetic problems.

Although architectural design is anchored by function to the reality of everyday life, architects are responsible for the evolution of buildings as cultural icons.

They shape cities by looking sim- ultaneously at precedent with the sketchbook and forwards to some unknown future with CAD. As such, the freehand drawing is not part of a dead tradition but of a lively and inventive future. In this sense also the sketch is not made redundant by CAD but complements it. The two together provide architects with powerful tools to design the future. However, to ignore the act of drawing and to over-rely upon mechanical aids is to undermine any shared values between artists and architects.

The benefits of drawing 13 Chapter 2 Why draw? There is an undisguised air of evangelism running through this book, for it seeks to encourage students of architecture, craft and design to forsake their cameras and learn the art of freehand sketching.

Drawing is not only more enjoyable and far more educational, but the end product is more likely to remain a cherished object than would an anonymous slide or photographic print. Drawing an object, building or townscape forces you to engage more directly in the subject than as a mere photographer; the search to record shape, proportion, detail and colour requires greater effort and more skilled observation than that needed to press the shutter of a camera. The discriminatory eye encouraged through sketching has value to the potential designer and tourist alike for it engages the observer in an important dialogue with his or her subject.

Until fairly recently the sketchbook was the accepted accompaniment of all students of architecture or landscape, and of many interested tourists. In many ways Prince Charles maintains this honourable tradition. Before photography became more affordable and part of our visual culture, the sketch remained the means to record and analyse an interesting town, building or piece of furniture. You have only to look at the sketchbooks of famous architects - from Robert Adam to Charles Rennie Mackintosh - to see how valued was the freehand sketch.

Its use was often beyond that of mere record or pretty picture: For instance, Adam's sketches of the fortifications of the Dalmation coast were transformed in less than a decade into the eighteenth-century Scottish castles occupying a more northern coastline.

Many students of architecture and design today spend a great deal of time making photographs rather than sketches. They could, of course, download postcards or tourist guides, which often contain better and more accurate pictures at only a fraction of the cost, thereby concentrating their efforts instead on the harder but more valuable process of drawing.

What the sketchbook provides is a means of delving deeper into the subject than merely recording it, in order to begin to understand why and how the scene was shaped.

The main barrier to using the sketchbook in this way appears to be the lack of basic graphic skills, together with the hectic pace of modern life. As with all endeavours of value, you have to practise a great deal to cultivate the craft of freehand drawing, in order to fulfil the potential offered by the sketchbook.

As with learning to play a musical instrument, you have to spend time practising and training eye-to-hand coordination The rules of drawing are, like the rules of grammar or numeracy, based upon a language we all share and understand. By combining elements of the 'craft of drawing' with 'graphic rules', you will quickly develop a technique suitable to your particular needs - whether as a student of architecture, design or landscape, or simply as an inquisitive tourist on holiday abroad.

The process of sketching is not presented in these pages as an end in itself, but as a means of raising the student's awareness of design by cultivating careful, well- directed skills of observation. The sketch is both a record and a statement of visual inquiry. The act of drawing from life, be it of a town or a building, is to engage the artist in the subject in a unique and rewarding fashion.

If the sketch is undertaken in the spirit of formal investigation then the results can be considerable in terms of the development of personal design skills. The linear progression from sketchbook analysis to design proposal is one that many architects have experienced.

The 2. This swimming pool in Sheringham, Norfolk, by architects Alsop and Lyall, makes expressive use of exposed beams, guttering and angled glazing. Shadows on the sketch help bring out the structural arrangements. This sketch was prepared as a measured survey prior to re-erection at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne. Why draw? The subject lends itself to pen and ink drawing with shading used to enhance the spacing of the columns and beams. Analysing existing buildings through the pages of the sketchbook provides a useful springboard for progressing into design.

The precedents explored are of value in themselves, but, more importantly, the formal, spatial and decorative language employed in examples that have been sketched may prove applicable to the design of new buildings.

To take advantage of the progression from freehand drawing to creative design, the artist must approach the subject in a considered fashion. The outline is important and so are the proportions, and often a relationship exists between the building in plan and how it works in section and elevation. As we tend to draw the outsides of build- ings, the potential designer should not focus upon the fagades at the expense of the often critical relationship between elevation and plan.

These 'invisible' relationships may be the most instructive when drawing certain buildings, and provide a source of ideas for the designer. A good sketch is not necessarily a faithful likeness; it may in a pedagogic sense be better to analyse and decipher the subject. Sketches that consist of probings around specific themes may prove particularly useful to designers since they provide fruitful avenues for further exploration.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh was a particular master of this type of sketch, and drawings from his Italian Tour of demonstrate a concern for form and decoration that are obvious precursors of his later designs. In his sketchbook drawings Mackintosh explores the volumetric nature of Italian churches, the simple, almost abstract forms of farmhouses, and the black and white decoration of Romanesque chapels.

These images, and the facility Mackintosh developed for representing them, find expression, either directly or indirectly, in his later designs for schools and houses. Similar sketchbook studies of Celtic art and architecture, and of wild flowers sketched whilst living in Suffolk, proved a parallel path into creative design for Mackintosh.

The shading is intended to reflect the patina of ageing on old rendered fagades. Shadow has been employed to highlight the patterns and to distinguish between the buoyancy chambers and the protective grilles around the warning lights. The analysis implicit in the drawing is difficult to capture via photography or photoshop.

Nick Hirst 2. The style of drawing suits well the subject matter and hints at the architect's subsequent design approach. His studies of oasthouses in Kent were the inspiration for his design for a National Trust visitor centre at Chartwell. The freehand drawings provided a source of references that Reid selectively exploited for his new design.

The skill Reid demonstrates in his sketching has enriched his experience as a designer. There is a further advantage for the designer in developing sketchbook skills. The graphic facility cultivated in freehand drawing aids the representation of design proposals. The means of recording an existing subject are much the same as those employed in depicting an unbuilt vision of the future.

The graphic language is the same whether the building exists in reality or simply in one's imagination: The skills needed for drawing, once learnt, are far speedier and more responsive than those required for model-making or computer graphics.

Drawing also conveys a sense of spirit, of creative passion, which other forms of representation often lack.

Understanding Architecture Through Drawing

Just as the sketchbook can be used to dissect graphically an existing building, the technique of unravelling and abstracting different architectural features can be employed in the reverse - to represent the different elements of a design proposal.

The explanation of form, structure and decoration can help in the development of design especially where complex matters of building services and space management are involved. A line of continuity therefore links the analysis of existing buildings to the development of new ones, with a similar range of drawing techniques being employed. This is one of the lessons that may be learnt by studying the drawings of architects of the calibre of Mackintosh.

In each case unnecessary information has been edited out in orderto focus upon the architectural qualities. Whilst the photographs include all the detail, the sketches interpret their subject and highlight specific topics relevant to the designer. Modern waterproof felt-tip pens, clutch pencils and a wide range of drawing papers mean that every situation, type of subject and sketching style is catered for. The decision nowadays tends to be what to leave behind, since the range of materials is so wide and their reliability so good.

When choosing sketchbook paper, you should have already decided upon your sketching medium. Generally speaking, smooth cartridge sketchbooks of the Daler type are best for line work in pen; coarser paper for line work in pencil; and strong watercolour paper for paints or colour markers.

Ideally, of course, you will have prepared for working in different materials and have corresponding sketchbooks to suit.

I prefer to use modern felt-tip pens such as a waterproof Pilot or Staedtler with smooth, fairly thin paper such as a Daler sketchbook. Drawing pens with Indian ink tend to clog up or flow too slowly for my style of drawing. Alternatively, you can use a steel-nibbed pen such as a post office nib which is simply pushed into a pen holder and dipped as required into a pot of ink. The great advantage of old-fashioned steel nibs is that the thickness of line varies with the pressure exerted, so that sketches have a lot more character and points of emphasis.

The architect and town planner Raymond Unwin used various thicknesses of line from a single nib to good effect in his sketches. The disadvantage of the open steel nibs is the length of time it takes for the ink to dry and their tendency to cast ink blots in all directions.

However, with patience, good sunlight and a box of tissues, the problems can be overcome, and should you make an ink blot, this can either be worked into the drawing, or left to dry and scraped away with a sharp blade and ink rubber. I try to encourage my students not to become weighed down with too many drawing materials - it is best to travel light and learn to improvise.

It is no good for the artist to become like a photographer impeded by an assortment of lenses and light meters. All you really need is an A4 or A5 sketchbook, one or two pens or pencils and a good rubber.

The size of sketchbook depends upon the type of drawing you intend to do, and the medium you are working with. Large-format sketchbooks A3-A2 in size suit pastel drawing or watercolours rather than line drawing.

As a rule, the finer the line, the smaller the sketchbook required. If you wish to mix line with paint then the effect is rather more of a painting than of a drawing, and consequently a large format is generally preferred.

I tend not to use sketching stools these days, partly because pavements are so busy, and partly because stools are rather cumbersome. You can, however, download sketching stools with pockets for carrying pens, etc. Often the places you wish to draw are the very spots where people want to sit and enjoy the view, and hence seats will have been provided by a friendly town council. In old towns there are generally lots of steps and walls to sit on, and inside cathedrals you will find comfortable pews or quiet cloisters with stone benches in which to enjoy a couple of hours of sketching.

The one advantage of the sketching stool, however, is that you can choose the exact viewpoint for the drawing, and this can be important for certain subjects.

If you are drawing in pencil make sure you have a range of pencils of varying softness 6B-B , a soft rubber, fixative and a sharpener.

Some people prefer clutch pencils, but many others prefer the weight and feel of the traditional pencil for field work. Pencil is a good starting Why draw? Pencil also lends itself to depicting shade, light and shadow and this may be important in canyon-like street scenes.

Pencil drawings have one other advantage: Indeed, modern photocopiers can be a useful adjunct: Armed with a soft rubber, drawing with graphite pencil is the best way to start freehand sketching, being flexible, responsive and easily altered.

Whether your sketches are spontaneous and primitive, or intricate and spatially accurate compositions reflecting a trained eye, pencil will probably serve your needs well. It should be remembered, however, that graphite pencils quickly smudge, especially if you are using a coarse drawing paper.

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It is imperative, therefore, that you spray lightly and frequently with fixative. Having mastered the technique of pencil drawing, the artist can then graduate to sketching in charcoal or pen and ink, or using colour washes. Watercolour washes can be used to support pen or pencil drawings in order to give the appearance of three- dimensional form. Many people like to use grey wash along with line work to produce rather classical sketches of the type favoured in the eighteenth century.

You can mix your own grey wash, or do as I prefer and make a grey by blending cobalt blue with sepia. The resulting wash is less 'dead' than a grey watercolour straight from the tube since hints of blue and brown appear as the wash dries. Sometimes a pre-mixed wash can be employed, especially if the sketch has to be produced in a hurry, but often the wash varies in density, to the detriment of the finished drawing.

Watercolour can, of course, be employed to produce illustration in its own right. For watercolour sketches use a box of twelve colours that come with a mixing box Windsor and Newton, for instance and two or three sable brushes.

Try to use largish brushes to avoid the sketches becoming overworked, and if you like you can take a crayon or candle to experiment with wax relief to produce the sort of lively architectural sketches made famous by John Piper.

For mood and character, dark-toned watercolour sketches can hardly be bettered, but you will find paint a difficult medium for analytical drawing.

Coloured felt-tip pens can be difficult to master since their hues are often rather strong and do not mix well together. But some subjects lend themselves to these pens especially modern architectural subjects and industrial or automobile design.

By mixing the bright, almost luminous quality of felt-tip pens with more neutral paints or pencil lines, the sketch can assume a sparkle or resonance appropriate to certain subjects. Felt-tip pens and magic markers are difficult to control but they have a place in both the modern design studio and amongst the sketching tools of an adventurous street artist. Although I was taught never to use a ruler when sketching, I do not now subscribe to this view.

So many of our landscapes and buildings are rectilinear in nature that the use of a ruler to help establish the basic outline and structure can no longer be considered a lazy short- cut. The straight-edge is, however, no substitute for the trained eye. If the sketch is as much learning process as end product, the ruler may help the latter but does not assist the former.

Hence use the straight-edge if you will, but do not expect to learn much from the assistance it gives. The sketchbook allows the looking to become more critical -the image produced by drawing heightens awareness of the subject and offers a greater range of potential to the designer. Freehand sketching is a way of recording subjects in a more rigorous way than simply photographing them, thereby helping to cultivate visual memory and critical judgement.

Looking is a precondition to exploring subjects beneath the surface, and this is further developed by sketching. Hence, there is a linear progression between looking, sketching, drawing and designing. A distinction is made here between sketching in the field, drawing in the studio, and rationalising one's thoughts through design. In architecture and design schools drawing studies form the core of the curriculum. However, drawing tuition is expensive and demanding of studio space with the result that much of the teaching of drawing is concentrated in the early often foundation years.

As a result many students fail to carry on exploring through freehand drawing, preferring to use CAD or technical drawing in their senior college years. The need to equip students with the tools necessary for industry and professional design practice adds to the pressure to abandon freehand drawing. Computer-assisted drawing does not necessarily undermine the craft of traditional drawing as long as creativity and presentation skills have previously been learnt by more orthodox methods.

Sketchbooks are seen by many students as a form of visual diary. They tend to resemble notebooks with their collections of images rather more than traditional hand- drawn sketchbooks. Modern sketchbook drawings are both the construction of images and the recording of objects. Construction suggests a deeper level of inquiry than mere record-making.

Modern sketchbooks tend, therefore, to contain four main types of visual material - the sketch as record, the sketch as re-construction, sketches augmented by photographs or digital images, and finally, abstract or analytical drawings.

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The combination of drawing types makes the sketchbook an important pedagogic tool, whilst also enhancing the level of critical viewing. In this sense there is a direct relationship between the sketch and looking, and by extension with the development of visual and design skills.

The trend in art, design and architectural education is to 'integrate' drawing with projects. Stand-alone drawing classes tend not to occur beyond the foundation years. The main difficulty with the concept of integration is how to develop drawing skills in parallel with project ones.

The task of design tends to become dominant over that of drawing and increasingly, to fill the gap, students and design professionals rely upon computer-based drawing packages Schenk This further distances the student from learning through drawing or matching the complexity of design projects with equally complex modes of traditional drawing techniques. Also, since drawing is the means whereby there can be a marriage of art and architecture, to neglect freehand sketching is to undermine the alliance of art, sculpture and architecture upon which the twenty-first century seems increasingly reliant.

For many architects there is not a clear distinction between drawings, words and symbols Lawson p All contribute towards the evolution of a design whether in plan, section or elevation. The shapes on Why draw? Notice the similarity in the use of line and shade to Figure 2. Sir Terry Farrell 28 Understanding architecture through drawing paper, often developed in parallel with model-making, are the beginnings of a story of design development.

Drawing is essentially a form of language and, like all languages, there are recognised codes and conventions. It has been suggested that architectural drawing evolved for description rather than as a guide to new construction Rattenbury pxxii.

In this sense, the primary role of drawing was to record or analyse an existing building as opposed to anticipating the form of a new one. The drawing was a record of culture: Drawing, like language, was an account of things seen, not a blueprint or instruction to others.

One can, however, take the parallels between drawing and language too far: Drawing, like the language of words and mathematics, seeks to give meaning and order to very complicated worlds. It is a tool that is both representational and, looking forward, allows for the 'meaningful ordering of things in the environment' Lawson pp Since drawing is a type of language, it is used in different ways by different architects. Some employ drawing as an analytical tool, others as a form of intuition.

Inspirational drawing, which may be just a few lines and referential marks, varies from the type of drawing Frank Gehry makes to those of Norman Foster.

Foster's design drawings quickly bring order, particularly spatial and constructional order, to the early chaos of a typical brief. Gehry 's drawings, on the other hand, display a search for meaningful randomness, translating the functional demands of a design brief into a graphic form of non- linear logic. Both types of design drawing have their own logical processes and inner fluency, yet they instil architectural order in different ways.

Hence, the resulting buildings that start from these sketches end up looking quite different even if they share similarities in function. One has only to compare Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao with Foster's museum in Nimes to see how powerful is the vehicle of drawing.

Freehand drawings tell us a great deal about the way individual architects think. They tell us, too, that architects think quite differently from engineers and artists.

Their sketches lack the engineers' striving for mathematical exactitude or the artists' freedom from graphic convention. It is often said that you can measure whether an architect thinks like an architect from his or her drawings and this is one reason why sketches are often preferred at crits or job interviews to CAD images.

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The sketch contains the message that an architect is a designer and not just a draughtsman or technician. The drawing is also the means by which the arch- itect visualises, tests and orders imagined relationships Lambert pp The drawing is a construct that starts in the mind of the architect and becomes manifest on paper, where it can be shared with others and further developed.

To become a building there is the participation with two other key figures - the builder and client. As such, the drawing presents the artistic and intellectual ideals behind the design to those whose tasks are necessarily rather more mundane.

Sketching and visualising through drawing is what defines an architect and, arguably, should be the first skill to be developed in schools of architecture. Such hurried sketches are generally poorly composed or suffer from having the light in the wrong direction. It is worth taking your time and planning the drawing carefully. The chief points to consider are: Taking the first point about materials, you will probably find that certain subjects suit a particular sketching medium.

For example, a highly decorative subject such as the west front of a cathedral would suit a line drawing in pen and ink, perhaps with depth being created by a sepia or grey wash to indicate shadows. The interior of the cathedral, on the other hand, may suit a charcoal drawing since the darkness and solidity of the columns, vaulting and arches could be brought out in thick, grainy lines and smudged tones.

An Italian hill town may be best rendered in watercolour as this may suit the delineation of the pink, brown and orange walls and roofs. A classical terrace by John Nash may look its best in pencil with a soft wash of cream added. The book introduces design and graphic techniques aimed to help designers increase their understanding of buildings and places through drawing.

For many, the camera has replaced the sketchbook, but here the author argues that freehand drawing as a means of analysing and understanding buildings develops visual sensitivity and awareness of design. By combining design theory with practical lessons in drawing, Understanding Architecture Through Drawing encourages the use of the sketchbook as a creative and critical tool.

The book is highly illustrated and is an essential manual on freehand drawing techniques for students of architecture, landscape architecture, town and country planning and urban design.

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