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Diagramming the big idea : methods for architectural composition

Author: Jeffrey Balmer; Michael T Swisher
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2019.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Second edition, revised and enlargedView all editions and formats
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Becoming an architect is a daunting task. Beyond the acquisition of new skills and procedures, beginning designers face an entirely unfamiliar mode of knowledge: design thinking. In Diagramming the Big Idea, Jeffrey Balmer and Michael T. Swisher introduce the fundamentals of design thinking by illustrating how architects make and use diagrams to clarify their understanding of both specific architectural projects and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey Balmer; Michael T Swisher
ISBN: 9780429015021 042901502X 9780429506673 0429506678 9780429015038 0429015038 9780429015014 0429015011
OCLC Number: 1084727109
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; Forward to the second edition; Forward to the first edition; Acknowledgements; I --
Setting the stage; 1 --
Introduction; · Read me first!; · Why read this book?; · What is architecture?; · Organization, order, composition; · Utility, function, purpose; · Measure & matter; · Design & method; · Strategies & tactics; · The structure of the narrative; · The sequence of the chapters; · The role of precedents; · The point of departure; · Glossary of terms; Details 1 --
Order & measure; · From the divine to the secular Demonstration 1·1· Organizational figures; Demonstration 1·2; · The courtyard schema; Demonstration 1·3; · Courtyards as objects; Demonstration 1·4; · Additional courtyard schemata; 2 --
Sorting through ideas; · Diagrams as method; · Diagram types; · Diagramming & design education; · Learning diagrammatic form; · Gestalt sub-categories; · The diagram & visual order; · Our purpose; · Glossary of terms; Details 2 --
The essential hut; · Indigenous diagrams; Demonstration 2·1; · Diagrams & contexts; Demonstration 2·2; · Plan as diagram; 3 --
Order first; · On order; · On measure · Dividing the square· Rules of engagement; · Positive & negative space; · Order & the orthogonal; · Glossary of terms; Details 3 --
Order, orientation & the orthogonal; · The gridded city; Demonstration 3·1; · Gestalt defined; Demonstration 3·2; · Gestalt readings of basic form; II --
The first project set; 4 --
Design & drawing fundamentals; · On drawing; · Relevance to design; · Deriving order in drawing; · Exercises in relational geometry; · Defined & implied space; · Analyzing the composition; · Three variant compositions; · Observing contrast, repetition, alignment & proximity · The variations considered· General observations; · Motif, pattern & theme; · Defined fields; · Sorting through results; · Implied fields; · Adding fields; · Combining fields; · Summary; · Glossary of terms; Details 4 --
The courtyard; · Figure-ground & solid-void; Demonstration 4·1·1; · Figures & field in variation; Demonstration 4·1·2; · Variation & elaborations; Demonstration 4·1·3; · Variation & elaborations; Demonstration 4·2; · Further variations; Demonstration 4·3; · Contrast, repetition, alignment & proximity; II --
The second project set; 5 --
Building on proportion · Object on a field· A figure in the relational field; · Looking at the groups; · Selecting & analyzing an aggregate composition; · Adding to the quadrants; · Two elements; · Refining the figures; · Observing the new figures; · Observing the new group; · Glossary of terms; Details 5 --
Figures & fields; · Objects & space; Demonstration 5·1; · Regulating lines dividing space; Demonstration 5·2; · Figures & their construction; Demonstration 5·3; · Field, grain & path; 6 --
Conventions in design; · Drawing in the third dimension; · Adding fields & overhead planes; · Turning the grid
Responsibility: Jeffrey Balmer and & Michael T. Swisher.

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Becoming an architect is a daunting task. Beyond the acquisition of new skills and procedures, beginning designers face an entirely unfamiliar mode of knowledge: design thinking. In Diagramming the Big Idea, Jeffrey Balmer and Michael T. Swisher introduce the fundamentals of design thinking by illustrating how architects make and use diagrams to clarify their understanding of both specific architectural projects and universal principles of form and order. With accessible, step-by-step procedures that interweave diagrams, drawings and virtual models, the authors demonstrate how to compose clear and revealing diagrams. Design thinking defines a method for engaging the world through observation and analysis. Beyond problem solving, design is a search for possibilities. Mastering design thinking begins with learning the fundamentals of visual composition. It embraces the ability to synthesize deductive and imaginative reasoning, combining both shrewd scrutiny and fevered speculation. Design diagrams make visible the abstractions that order the built environment. Premised upon the Beaux-Arts notion of the architectural parti, Balmer and Swisher adopt the 'Big Idea' as a foil and as a suitcase to organize fundamentals of architectural composition. The goal of this book is to make explicit to students what they are learning, why they are learning it and how to internalize such lessons toward their lifelong development as designers.

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