This book explores and explains building image analysis. Like the two previous books in the series, "Site Analysis" and "Space Adjacency Analysis", it provides a way to pay... More > special attention to a particular type of design issue - in this case the issue of building image or environmental message. This can help a designer responsibly handle large amounts of design information in a systematic way, allow designers and clients to communicate better about the nature of the design problem to be solved and the reasons for design decisions, and make design processes more effective and efficient.< Less
One of our major responsibilities as architects is to design buildings that support the activities of the users of the facilities. Our building designs should positively reinforce and facilitate the... More > performance of the operations that they house. A facility should go beyond simply containing activities and should actually contribute to the productivity of our client's organization.
This book describes the process and techniques of visualizing program information for architectural design in the dual sense of converting the information into graphic images and seeing or understanding the information better. The central thesis is that our ability to draw needs, requirements, and early design concepts is just as important as our ability to draw final building design solutions and that, in fact, our diagramming skills profoundly influence the quality of our building designs.< Less
Contextual analysis is a predesign research activity which focuses on the existing, imminent, and potential conditions on and around a project site. It is, in a sense, an inventory of all the... More > pressures, forces, and situations and their interactions at the property where a project will be built.
This book describes the process and techniques of visualizing site information for architectural design in the dual sense of converting the information into graphic images and seeing or understanding the information better. The central thesis is that our ability to draw needs, requirements, and early design concepts is just as important as our ability to draw final building design solutions and that, in fact, our diagramming skills profoundly influence the quality of our building designs.< Less
Architecture students seem to graduate with a relatively small vocabulary of architectural forms for responding to project needs. This is not because the forms are unavailable but because students... More > have had little experience and because current methods for acquiring them are very inefficient. As a result, some professional designers handle different projects with similar building forms that have become comfortable and familiar.
This book presents a theory of concepts and concept formation based on a vocabulary for five categories of design: Functional Grouping and Zoning, Architectural Space, Circulation and the Building Form, Response to Context, and Building Envelope. As a whole, they are meant as a catalyst for project concept formation.< Less
Inspired by a year living and teaching architecture in Florence, Italy, this book addresses the goal of keener environmental knowing, pointing out a way to see urban settings in more penetrating ways... More > to evolve a personal urban alertness that moves us to finer levels of making sense of spaces.
Emphasis is on the areas between buildings where urban life happens. The book has three sections, on urban environments, public space, and learning to appreciate, and is profusely illustrated with the author's signature hand sketches.< Less
The success of a presentation is more dependent on pre-presentation thinking than on traditional presentation activities (writing text, preparing graphics, etc.). Most presentation problems are made... More > with the heads rather than the hands, such as failing to get a key commission because the key concerns of the selection committee weren't understood.
This profusely illustrated book explores the essential characteristics of strategic planning for presentations, a crucial consideration regardless of whether the audience is a teacher, a government review board, a community organization, or a private client.
The title reveals the author's perspective as an architect and educator. But people in any discipline whose success depends on being able to make effective presentations, and particularly those where graphics are a key element of those presentations, the ideas, techniques, and strategies presented here are well worth repeated reading.< Less
The introductory design experience has always been an especially important one for the student. It offers an initial way of understanding design and so largely forms the context for making sense of... More > subsequent design experiences. This book works with students where they are rather than demanding some fundamental change of values before beginning the study of design. And it introduces design not as some mystique which only the blessed possess but as a system of operations that anyone can and, in fact, does use daily. Profusely illustrated and hand-lettered in Prof. White's signature style, this little volume provides an indispensable introduction to a very complex discipline.< Less