Paraline Obliques: a matrix of viewpoints

Paraline Obliques: a matrix of viewpoints diaLOGs series A Paraline Oblique is a paraline drawing of an oblique projection, having all lines and faces parallel to the picture plane drawn to exact scale, and all receding line perpendicular to...

Site Analysis: The Neighbourhood Context

The neighbourhood context analysis presents the immediate surrounding of the site for perhaps three to four blocks beyond the site boundary. This may be extended further to include an important factor or because of the...

The Design-drawing Process: Orthographic, Paraline and Perspective Drawings

The design-drawing process begins with two-dimensional expressions in the form of orthographic sketches and drawings. These multiview drawings are which help us accurately examine geometric configurations, spatial relationships, and the scale and proportion of a design. However, by themselves...

Intersections of Street and Square: An Indicative Matrix

A simple way to classify spatial types of squares can start by examining the number of street intersections. As an example, this matrix shows a set of permutations for up to four intersections at four different...

20 Great American Grids Side-by-side

Like the nationwide dream, it foreshadowed, the American grid promise was at once mythical and foundational: a utopian urban ideal that guided the construction of cities and towns across America – and arguably the...

Cable systems: untangling the tension behind cable structures

A cable structure is a type of structure that utilizes tensioned cables to support or transmit the major loads of the structure. In conventional structures, concrete columns are usually used to support the self-weight of...

Types and Geometries of an Arch

An arch is a curved structure for spanning an opening and designed to support a vertical load primarily by axial compression.

House Types Throughout Place and Time

A matrix of house types juxtaposing their time frame and placing in the world. Although there appear to be many different types, most of them are only variations and purely matters of style rather than...

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