Archtober23: Perspectives

October is National Architecture Month, also known in some circles as Archtober. To commemorate the month, I am going to post a brief post every day of the month. Perspective drawings allow architects to look at the building in three dimensions. They can be constructed or “eyeballed”. Perspectives approximate the way that we see reality […]

Archtober22: Elevations

October is National Architecture Month, also known in some circles as Archtober. To commemorate the month, I am going to post a brief post every day of the month. Elevation drawings are related to plan and section drawings. Elevations are 2 dimensional drawings of the outside of the building. They allow architects to study the […]

Archtober21: Sections

October is National Architecture Month, also known in some circles as Archtober. To commemorate the month, I am going to post a brief post every day of the month. Sections are another type of drawing architects use. They are related to plans. Sections are a drawing cut through the building. Sections allow architects to look […]

Archtober20: Plans

October is National Architecture Month, also known in some circles as Archtober. To commemorate the month, I am going to post a brief post every day of the month. The word “plans” in architecture can have several meanings. In this case I am referring specifically to drawings of a building looking down at the building […]

Archtober19: Layering

October is National Architecture Month, also known in some circles as Archtober. To commemorate the month, I am going to post a brief post every day of the month. Layering is a technique architects use to enrich the experience of a building. It takes advantage of the fact that we move through buildings, passing through […]

Archtober18: Making Places

October is National Architecture Month, also known in some circles as Archtober. To commemorate the month, I am going to post a brief post every day of the month. This is the most important post of the series. I should have started with this post. But I was so excited about writing the Archtober posts, […]

Archtober17: Sketching

October is National Architecture Month, also known in some circles as Archtober. To commemorate the month, I am going to post a brief post every day of the month. Sketching is one of the most important skills an architect can develop. There are several different kinds of sketches. There are conceptual sketches in which the […]

Archtober16: Poche

October is National Architecture Month, also known in some circles as Archtober. To commemorate the month, I am going to post a brief post every day of the month. This post is a little bit of “inside baseball” talk. Poche is a French word, pronounced “po-shay”. It refers to the areas inside a building which […]