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30 Graphs and Charts to Boost Your Visual Presentations

  • 06:00 - 19 June, 2017
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  • Translated by Matthew Valletta
30 Graphs and Charts to Boost Your Visual Presentations
30 Graphs and Charts to Boost Your Visual Presentations, VM Houses. Image via BIG + JDS + PLOT = BIG + JDS
VM Houses. Image via BIG + JDS + PLOT = BIG + JDS

Communicating ideas through imagery are central to the design process. In client presentations, site visits, or public exhibitions, we are required to represent important aspects clearly to the receiver, who is often not an architect. Furthermore, producing detailed architectural drawings can allow us to identify and modify certain aspects of the design. 

Diagrams and charts, because of their non-spatial characteristics, are often neglected until the last moments of the design process, however, they can be a useful tool for analysis and organization. Taking the time to think and articulate these elements yield positive results, from understanding and organizing a design process to providing an unexpected change of idea.

In an effort to enhance the graphics and diagrams in architectural representation, check out this series of case studies to help you boost the visual, analytical, organizational power of your work. 

01. Programmatic Representation:

+ Distribution of the program:

Graphs and diagrams can be used to identify different functional parts of a scheme, allowing for a more engaging analysis such as that presented in the Seattle Central Library / OMA + LMN. Furthermore, graphics and diagrams of hybrid schemes allow us to understand the relationship between building uses.

Central Seattle Library. Image via OMA + LMN
Central Seattle Library. Image via OMA + LMN
Mariehøj Cultural Center. Image via WE Architecture + Sophus Søbye Architects
Mariehøj Cultural Center. Image via WE Architecture + Sophus Søbye Architects
Museo de Arte Nelson-Atkins. Image Cortesía de Steven Holl Architects
Museo de Arte Nelson-Atkins. Image Cortesía de Steven Holl Architects

+ Specific activities and uses:

Throughout the design process, specific functions and elements will emerge which merit an individual in-depth study. Using graphs and diagrams in these specific investigations allows us to portray a wealth of information, such as phasing, capacity, and circulation.

Nest We Grow . Image via College of Environmental Design UC Berkeley + Kengo Kuma & Associates
Nest We Grow . Image via College of Environmental Design UC Berkeley + Kengo Kuma & Associates
Central Seattle Library. Image via OMA + LMN
Central Seattle Library. Image via OMA + LMN
Garden Building and Nectariferous Building. Image via HUSOS
Garden Building and Nectariferous Building. Image via HUSOS
Museo de Arte Nelson-Atkins. Image Cortesía de Steven Holl Architects
Museo de Arte Nelson-Atkins. Image Cortesía de Steven Holl Architects

02. Contextual Representation:

+ Implementation / visual:

When establishing links with existing topographies, buildings, and views, diagrams can convey observations which would be more difficult to describe the structured, technical nature of planning/detail drawings.

Casa Rural. Image Cortesía de RCR Arquitectes
Casa Rural. Image Cortesía de RCR Arquitectes

Plaza San Martin De La Mar. Image via Zigzag Arquitectura Plaza San Martin De La Mar. Image via Zigzag Arquitectura Plaza San Martin De La Mar. Image via Zigzag Arquitectura Plaza San Martin De La Mar. Image via Zigzag Arquitectura + 33

A/D/O. Image via nARCHITECTS
A/D/O. Image via nARCHITECTS
Edificio de Antropología Tozzer. Image Cortesía de Kennedy & Violich Architecture
Edificio de Antropología Tozzer. Image Cortesía de Kennedy & Violich Architecture

+ Solar Orientation / Climate

Using charts can be effective for a solar and climatic study, describing a wealth of precise data in one drawing, such as wind direction, solar angles in summer / winter, maximum precipitation. 

Nest We Grow . Image via College of Environmental Design UC Berkeley + Kengo Kuma & Associates
Nest We Grow . Image via College of Environmental Design UC Berkeley + Kengo Kuma & Associates
Quito Publishing House. Image via Estudio A0
Quito Publishing House. Image via Estudio A0
La Gota Cultural Center - Tabaco Museum. Image via Losada García
La Gota Cultural Center - Tabaco Museum. Image via Losada García

03. Spatial Representation:

+ Volumetric Construction:

Keeping a record of the evolution of a project is a common and effective way of understanding what tasks are completed, underway, or outstanding. Using graphs and diagrams to analyze and communicate a project schedule can allow the team to quickly explore and modify the process.

The Interlace. Image © OMA
The Interlace. Image © OMA
Energy Living. Image via M+ Group
Energy Living. Image via M+ Group
The Stealth Building. Image via WORKac
The Stealth Building. Image via WORKac
Mountain Dwellings. Image via BIG & JDS
Mountain Dwellings. Image via BIG & JDS
Mountain Dwellings. Image via BIG & JDS
Mountain Dwellings. Image via BIG & JDS

+ Study pieces:

Studying individual spatial components in a particular way can reveal a clear understanding and identification of constituent elements. Undertaking exclusive studies using graphics and diagrams allows us to imagine, communicate and test alternative design considerations. 

YAS House. Image via Estudio Arzubialde
YAS House. Image via Estudio Arzubialde
ONEMI Building. Image via Teodoro Fernández Arquitectos
ONEMI Building. Image via Teodoro Fernández Arquitectos
VM Houses. Image via BIG + JDS + PLOT = BIG + JDS
VM Houses. Image via BIG + JDS + PLOT = BIG + JDS
Scout House. Image via BAAG
Scout House. Image via BAAG

04. Construction Representation:

+ Structure and Materials

Representing the connection between different material elements through structural and construction graphics can allow us to more effectively organize the system, such as identifying construction phasing and logistics.

Desert Architecture Office. Image via Jorge Losada
Desert Architecture Office. Image via Jorge Losada
NASA Orbit Pavilion. Image © STUDIOKCA Architecture
NASA Orbit Pavilion. Image © STUDIOKCA Architecture
Alianza France Jean Mermoz. Image via Guillermo Hevia García + Nicolás Urzúa Soler
Alianza France Jean Mermoz. Image via Guillermo Hevia García + Nicolás Urzúa Soler

+ System operation

Diagrams allow a clear understanding of how systems and assembly will perform, essential for detecting errors and incorporating new elements.

Josey Pavilion of the Dixon Water Foundation. Image via © Lake Flato Architects
Josey Pavilion of the Dixon Water Foundation. Image via © Lake Flato Architects
Garden Building and Nectariferous Building. Image via HUSOS
Garden Building and Nectariferous Building. Image via HUSOS
Meztitla House. Image via EDAA
Meztitla House. Image via EDAA
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Fabian Dejtiar
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Cite: Dejtiar, Fabian. "30 Graphs and Charts to Boost Your Visual Presentations" [Esquemas y diagramas en la representación arquitectónica: 30 ejemplos gráficos para optimizar la organización, el análisis y la comunicación] 19 Jun 2017. ArchDaily. (Trans. Valletta, Matthew) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/873338/30-graphs-and-charts-to-boost-your-visual-presentations/> ISSN 0719-8884
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VM Houses. Image via BIG + JDS + PLOT = BIG + JDS

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