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Archi-Graphic: An Infographic Look at Architecture

  • 12:00 - 4 September, 2015
  • by Frank Jacobus
Archi-Graphic: An Infographic Look at Architecture

What type of architecture do dictators prefer? What would a subway map of the affairs of famous architects look like? What is the current state of gender and ethnic diversity within the profession? Which architects would win a color war, Dutch or American? Archi-Graphic places architecture on the operating table, using infographics to cut a visual cross-section that answers these questions and many more.

“ladies and gents” - The ratio and evolution of licensed female to male practitioners in architecture since the AIA was founded in 1857. Image © Frank Jacobus. Courtesy of Laurence King Publishing
“ladies and gents” - The ratio and evolution of licensed female to male practitioners in architecture since the AIA was founded in 1857. Image © Frank Jacobus. Courtesy of Laurence King Publishing
“who built where?” - A representation of the predominance of work in specific countries by each architect. Image © Frank Jacobus. Courtesy of Laurence King Publishing
“who built where?” - A representation of the predominance of work in specific countries by each architect. Image © Frank Jacobus. Courtesy of Laurence King Publishing

I began this project in the spring of 2013 because I was desperate to read this kind of book, and I had found no other resource quite like it. The intention behind Archi-Graphic  is that knowledge of the richness and complexity inherent in the discipline and profession of architecture can become an accessible and even desirable pursuit for architects and non-architects alike.

“oh, what a tangled web we weave” - Who individual architects cite as major influences on their careers. Image © Frank Jacobus. Courtesy of Laurence King Publishing
“oh, what a tangled web we weave” - Who individual architects cite as major influences on their careers. Image © Frank Jacobus. Courtesy of Laurence King Publishing

This book aims to be educational without being especially didactic, and though it embraces certain serious themes, it is not so severe that it can’t poke fun at itself once in a while.

"seminal koolcorb" - Tracking word use in two seminal works of architecture, Towards a New Architecture and Delirious New York. Image © Frank Jacobus. Courtesy of Laurence King Publishing
"seminal koolcorb" - Tracking word use in two seminal works of architecture, Towards a New Architecture and Delirious New York. Image © Frank Jacobus. Courtesy of Laurence King Publishing
"seminal vitruventown" - Tracking word use in another two seminal works of architecture, On Architecture and Learning from Las Vegas. Image © Frank Jacobus. Courtesy of Laurence King Publishing
"seminal vitruventown" - Tracking word use in another two seminal works of architecture, On Architecture and Learning from Las Vegas. Image © Frank Jacobus. Courtesy of Laurence King Publishing

Archi-Graphic peers into issues within architecture that are rarely if ever tackled in an accessible way: big personalities, color relationships in the built environment, gender and ethnicity in the profession, construction expense, even death, are visually revealed through colorful infographic diagrams.

“the architecture of affairs” - A subway map of the extramarital affairs of famous architects. Image © Frank Jacobus. Courtesy of Laurence King Publishing
“the architecture of affairs” - A subway map of the extramarital affairs of famous architects. Image © Frank Jacobus. Courtesy of Laurence King Publishing
“race to heaven” - Tracking the evolution of building height since the mid-nineteenth century. Image © Frank Jacobus. Courtesy of Laurence King Publishing
“race to heaven” - Tracking the evolution of building height since the mid-nineteenth century. Image © Frank Jacobus. Courtesy of Laurence King Publishing

My hope is that people will be drawn to this book first because of its graphic quality, but will ultimately enjoy it because of its compelling content and inherent complexities.

“big builder, big data” - A comparison of the number of Google hits that an architect currently receives on the left-hand page is compared to the approximate number of projects they have completed on the right-hand page. Image © Frank Jacobus. Courtesy of Laurence King Publishing
“big builder, big data” - A comparison of the number of Google hits that an architect currently receives on the left-hand page is compared to the approximate number of projects they have completed on the right-hand page. Image © Frank Jacobus. Courtesy of Laurence King Publishing
“architectural eras” - A comparison of the characteristics of significant periods in architectural history. Image © Frank Jacobus. Courtesy of Laurence King Publishing
“architectural eras” - A comparison of the characteristics of significant periods in architectural history. Image © Frank Jacobus. Courtesy of Laurence King Publishing

What other architecture book provides a map of every project that Le Corbusier ever built and in the location and order that he built them, presented to us as the flight of a bird? If you enjoy architecture, graphic design, art, information graphics, or simply love visual complexity, this book should suit you well.

Laurence King is offering a 30% discount for ArchDaily readers when they purchase Archi-Graphic through their website and use the discount code ARCH30. Visit their site here.

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Cite: Frank Jacobus. "Archi-Graphic: An Infographic Look at Architecture" 04 Sep 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/773054/archi-graphic-an-infographic-look-at-architecture/> ISSN 0719-8884

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