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This book introduces different aspects of representational techniques in architecture via dedicated chapters for each topic. Each chapter provides examples of the creative use of different representational techniques in architecture at each stage of the design process. The examples shown are contributions from a range of contemporary architects and, together with detailed analysis in the text, form a book that offers a unique insight into the practical and professional world of architectural design.

Chapter openers

These introduce and outline the key information in each chapter.


Examples from contemporary architects and designers bring the principles under discussion to life.


Provide contextual information about each featured project and highlight the practical applica...

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Lorraine Farrelly

Representation is an important aspect of any visual or design-based discipline and the techniques for representing architectural ideas are both exciting and challenging. Architectural ideas can eventually become buildings. An idea leads to a concept, which becomes a sketch. The sketch is then developed into a physical sketch model and a set of scale drawings that are explored and investigated in detail.

Representing each of these stages of architectural development requires a variety of skills. Sometimes freehand, loose or intuitive drawings and models, where concept and abstraction are critical, are the best techniques to employ.

At other times, the precise detail of CAD drawings might be needed to explain how a building is assembled...

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