Lecture 2

Arch 200c 2011 Fall

Course Arch 200c
Date 2011/09/06
Learning Objectives
  • Lecture 2
    • Uses of Architectural Diagramming
    • Diagramming Practices
  • Introduction of Topic Readings / Reading Mavens
Uses Tool(s)

Lecture 2

Diagrams extend architectural representation beyond the qualities within reach of descriptive drawing. This mode of architectural representation has become increasingly relevant as the mind-numbing onslaught of information available the contemporary designer has radically increased in recent years. The role of the architect working in a diagrammatic mode is both dissipated, as we are risk becoming mere organizers and channelers of information, and extended, as we craft our own descriptions of heretofore restricted domains.

Uses of Architectural Diagramming

Spatial Order



Diagramming Practices

James Corner





  • Stan Allen, “Mapping the Unmappable: on notation,” in Practice: architecture, technique and representation (Psychology Press, 2000), 31-47.
  • Brian McGrath and Jean Gardner, Cinemetrics: Architectural Drawing Today (Chichester: Wiley, 2007)
  • Mark Garcia, ed., The Diagrams of Architecture - AD Reader (Chichester: Wiley, 2010).
  • James Corner, “The Agency of Mapping: Speculation Critique and Invention,” in Mappings, by Denis Cosgrove (London: Reaktion Books, 1999), 213-252.
  • Stan Allen, “Diagrams Matter,” in Any 23: Diagram Work, ed. Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, vol. 23 (Anyone Corporation, 1998), 16-19.
  • Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos, “Techniques: Network Spin, and Diagrams,” in Rethinking Technology, New edition edition. (Routledge, 2007), 367-370.

Reading Mavens

  • D'Genaro Pulido
  • Dustin Moon
  • Elizabeth Kee
  • Eleanor Ratcliff