We like something because it makes sense. We get it.
I was just in a senior architecture studio pin-up, where the class was looking at each class member’s analytical drawings of a croissant. Each student had been asked to convey the ‘croissantness’ of a croissant; his or her choice on type of drawings, models or video. There were photographs of mixers, plans, sections, and elevations of the croissants, and sequential drawings of rolled up triangles. The student had to stand next to his or her set of drawings while the classmates interpreted the drawings. The exciting moment arrived when one person said’ “I like the drawings on the left. Why? Because they make sense.”
As designers, we like to make sense out of things, solve problems, provide solutions. I had a studio critic who explained it slightly differently – “Architects provide order out of disorder.” As architects we use graphics – our drawings and models – as the language of communication. What Makes Sense?
The VRC blog will revisit the issues of communication throughout the semester so welcome back!
ArchNet is a member-driven website that contains a digital library of images that deal with architecture and urban planning in a very easily searchable database. There are often plans, sections and elevations to accompany the general views of the buildings. It also allows participation and collaboration amongst members, and is free to join.
I have found that there is strong documentation of projects and the search feature is quite easy to use.
Access to the Digital Library is found through a link on the left hand side, and that is also where the search feature is located. Clicking on the search feature and typing in housing gets me to projects in Africa and Iran, places that are less well documented in this School’s collection.
The Images link within the Digital Library gets me to a list of architecture by Collection, or by Country, Building Type or Building Style. They also include Gardens and Urban Design and Development. And you can download the images.