Handbook Of Methods For Architecture And Urban Design

ISBN: 9783038630319


A follow-up to the original German edition published in 2013, this first English edition offers a new foreword by Oya Atalay Franck, who writes, “Perhaps it is precisely the deceitful nature of architectural problems that make the profession so interesting, that lets architects find new answers to the seemingly same questions time and again.” Compiled by the Institute Urban Landscape of the School of Architecture, Design, and Civil Engineering at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, this guide permits two levels of reading. Firstly, it offers a selective interrogation of specific methods in real-world applications. Secondly, it is an examination of the methods themselves.

176 pages, ills colour & bw, 13 x 19 cm, pb, English

Weight .500 kg

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With its handy format, understandably written text and careful selection of descriptive and comprehensibly adapted examples, our Handbook of Methods is a helpful manual for students, architects and urban planners in teaching and practice.
It discusses the following methods:
• Overall urban design concept
• Scenario
• Test planning
• Photography
• Model
• Mapping
• Sectional view
• Diagram
• Morphology
Although the design process as such may initially seem less systematic and organised, methods are the all-important basis of design practice in architecture and urban design. Moreover, they can help to decipher the frame conditions of planning beyond the design process in order to derive strategies for successful implementation.
In that context, our Handbook is designed to enable two levels of reading: to provide a basic understanding of the role of methodology in architecture and urban design on the one hand, and a comprehensible explanation of a broad range of methods and their specific area of application supported by concrete examples on the other.
By doing that, we hope to help designers understand their own actions and provide tools that will assist them in the design process at the same time.

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