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Drawing for Urban Design (Portfolio Skills) [Paperback]

Lorraine Farrelly
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3 May 2011 Portfolio Skills
Drawing for Urban Design explores a range of ways to represent the city, from freehand sketching to the sophisticated interactive computer model of the city of the future. There are many ways to engage with images of the city by exploring and considering what exists as well as imagining future ideas for the development of the city. Many professionals need to describe city environments in the course of their work. This can be done through maps, sketches, computer renderings or models. This book provides an introduction to these techniques while explaining the processes associated with describing and designing urban environments. Following a brief introduction the book is divided into five parts. Chapter one traces the historical context of urban design. Chapter two explores traditional and contemporary methods of drawing and representing cities. Chapter three introduces and describes a range of tools and techniques for analyzing and mapping cities and urban spaces. Chapter four deals with the imagined city of the future and the virtual city, and chapter five showcases eight masterplanning projects from around the world by internationally renowned architects, ranging from the regeneration of a historic environment to the creation of an entirely new city. The book is illustrated throughout with examples of representations of the city created using a range of techniques, from simple freehand pencil sketches through to the most complex CAD visualizations and computer mapping techniques. This book will provide the architecture and urban planning student with an invaluable visual grammar for representing the contemporary city.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Laurence King (3 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1856697185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856697187
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 21.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lorraine Farrelly is Deputy Head of the Portsmouth School of Architecture. Her studio teaching focuses on the idea of the city and how it is read and interpreted. In particular she wants to promote the mixture of freehand and computer drawing skills to encourage a range of approaches to architectural drawing and representation. Her previous books include Interior Structures: Bars and Restaurants (2003), Representational Techniques and Fundamentals of Architecture (both 2007).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book for urban design students 30 April 2014
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This book introduced a lots of methods for different drawing expression . It's a good handbook for beginning learner of urban design.
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Great introductory book for those new to Urban Design drawing. . Planning degree student though it's probably useful across multiple disciplines.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really helpful 3 July 2013
By jc123
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This book was recommended to me by a second year architecture student. I have read the basics of architecture series by Lorraine and found them really useful and this book is just as helpful. If you are studying architecture or if you are really interested in architecture, I recommend this to you!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice book to check every now and then 1 Mar 2014
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Amazon was advertising this book to me. I'm happy that I bought it. The price was cheap and I decided to try out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice to look at, annoying to read 15 Sep 2011
By C. Kessler - Published on Amazon.com
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This book presents a great variety of examples of ways to represent the city. However, I'm only on chapter two (which I was assigned to "read") and the text is mind-boggling. The paragraphs seem to be in completely random order. Here are the topics of five consecutive paragraphs, each only 2-3 sentences long:
1. Sketches can be drawn from different viewpoints and you can include plans or sections.
2. You should study the context of the urban environment (nothing about how this relates to drawings).
3. You can draw different spaces in the city and compare them.
4. You can use different media for different effects.
5. You can write notes on the drawing (this was stated three pages ago, and the graphic examples were four pages ago and are not referenced here).
The book repeats itself and sometimes it is not apparent how the text relates to the attendant drawings. It reminds me of when I used to review people's papers when I was an undergrad, and they were completely baffled when I asked them to make an outline of what they wrote.
Do not buy this book if you like coherence or plan on actually reading the text.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great book 8 Oct 2012
By Monica de Naranjo - Published on Amazon.com
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it a great book, a lot of examples of good drawings. i recommend it for any person who is interested on the urban drawing
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