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Drawn to Design: Analyzing Architecture Through FreeHand Drawing


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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 a phase of architectural design. The conceptual goal of this approach is to use drawing not as illustration or depiction, but 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 "facade" 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 natural world through freehand drawing.Among the 250 buildings and spaces drawn and analyzed are:

Church on the Water, Tadao Ando

Santa Maria della Salute, Baldassare Longhena

Frederick C. Robie House, Frank Lloyd Wright

Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Altes Museum, Karl Friedrich Schinkel

Philips-Exeter library, Louis Kahn

Tate Modern, Herzog and de Meuron

Berlin Treptow Crematorium, Axel Schultes

Breakfast Room in Sir John Soane's Museum, John Soane

Tugendhat House, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

IKEA diagrams

New England Holocaust Memorial, Stanley Saitowitz

Berlin Am Kupfergraben 10 Gallery, David Chipperfield

Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia

Palazzo Chiericati, Andrea Palladio

The Netherlands Architecture Institute, Jo Coenen and Co Architec

Casa en Bunyola, Francisco Cifuentes ts

Casa 6, Ochoalcubo, Marbello, Cecilla Puga

Traditional Turkish House

Parc de la Villette, Bernard Tschumi

Dumbarton Oaks Gardens, Beatrix Farrand

McCormick Tribune Campus Center, OMA

Spielbudenplatz, Hamburg

Place des Vosges, Paris

Deanery Garden, Edwin Lutyens

Olympic Sculpture Park, Weiss Manfredi

Galleria Umberto I, Emanuele Rocco, Oxford University, From Broad Street through

Bodleian Library courtyard to Radcliffe Camera


A guide for those who learn and those who teach

About the Author

The author, Eric J. Jenkins has received several teaching awards and design awards. He is Associate Professor at the Catholic University of America's School of Architecture and Planning where he teaches design, theory and analytical sketching. He earned a Masters in Design Studies from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, and has previously published To Scale: One Hundred Urban Plans.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part 1: Sketching-Thinking-Learning

Part 2: Sketching Actions

Mapping the Plan

Aligning Edges and Centers

Figural Voids

Clarifying Public/Private

Classifying Type I: The Donut

Classifying Type II: The Bar

Classifying Type III: The Infill

Composing Tectonic Order

Articulating Connections

Connecting Rooms

Coordinating Path and Room

Delineating Service/Served

Delineating Purpose

Engaging the Landscape

Fashioning Order/Disorder

Juxtaposing Forms

Organizing Tectonic Order

Tectonics movement

Overlapping Spatial Patterns

Patterning the Floor

Reconciling Structure and Enclosure

Hierarchy of Walls / Fuzzy Walls

Resolving Geometries

Sensing Material

Sensing Profane and Sacred

Shifting Geometries

Understanding Geometric Order

Unfolding Tectonics 1: Walls

Unfolding Tectonics 2: Columns

LightFacing the Building

Addressing Entry

Alternating Edges and Centers

Attaching to Context

Balancing Mass

Connecting Base-Middle-Top

Diagnosing Proportional Systems

Disposing Symmetry and Asymmetry

Establishing and Breaking Order

Harmonizing Forms

Moving through Planes

Negotiating Structure and Enclosure

Projecting Shadows

Seeing Windows

Subtracting Voids/ Adding Figures

Varying Rhythm

Topping the Building

Viewing Layers

Mass Primary/Secondary/Tertiary

Understanding Continuity

Aligning Seams

Traversing the Section

Articulating Path and Room

Ascending Stairs

Assembling Roofs

Carving Voids

Changing Material

Compressing and Expanding

Finding Primary, Secondary/Tertiary Space

Path Through a Building

Framing Views

Interfacing Public with Private

Moving from Public to Private

Orchestrating Sequence

Passing from Profane to Sacred

Reconciling Ideal and Real

Sensing Scale

Shaping The Floor


Tectonic Form

Complex Circulation


Light/Sun/ShadeUnderstanding the Situation

Activating the Fabric

Coordinating Object and Fabric

Embracing Change

Figural Voids in the City

Breaking Patterns for Civic Need

Highlighting Building Types

Highlighting Space in Fabric

Informing the Street Section

Layering Space

Lining with Trees

Moving laterally

Negotiating Sequence

Orchestrating Stairs and Ramps

Orienting Oneself


Movement through a City

Considering the Detail

Aligning Seams

Connecting Scales

Finding Rooms within Rooms

Expressing Connections

Gripping the Rail

Incorporating Furniture

Moving Panels

Balconies Types

Opening Doors

Resolving Geometries


Shading Glass

Categorizing Joints

Joining Wood

Engaging with a Window

Changing Material

Part 3: Holistic Sketching



Product Details

Jenkins, Eric J.
Design & Drafting
Architecture-Drawing and Design
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11.7 x 8.3 in

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