Freehand Drawing and Discovery: Urban Sketching and Concept Drawing for Designers
by James Richards
While computer-aided design has changed the way designers explore and communicate their visions, freehand drawing remains an essential skill for capturing a flow of visual ideas and developing them on the spot. Freehand Drawing & Discovery takes an updated and practical approach to using hand sketching in a digital world, employing a “both/and” philosophy that shows you how to rapidly capture ideas with hand sketching that can then be further explored and refined using digital tools.
Created by an urban designer and blog correspondent for Urban Sketchers, this resource-rich, user-friendly guide provides step-by-step instruction on drawing tools and techniques. It offers practical suggestions on how to use freehand sketching skills in conjunction with digital tools on real-world projects. Freehand Drawing & Discovery:
- Crosses disciplinary boundaries, from architecture, urban planning, and landscape architecture to the widely diverse Urban Sketching community
- Covers sketching tools and techniques, location sketching, concept sketching, and digital sketching
- Includes nearly 300 full-color drawings, including contributions by Michael Vergason, Kevin Sloan, Christine Ten Eyck, Luis Ruiz, Gabriel Campanario, Liz Steel, Kim Perry, Bob Hopewell, and a special contribution on digital design sketching by Robert Chipman
- Features access to video tutorials in which the author demonstrates techniques for creating sketches from your imagination, on location, sketching on a digital tablet, and painting with watercolors
Freehand Drawing & Discovery is a must-have handbook for students and professionals in urban planning, landscape architecture, and architecture. It is also a rewarding resource for general artists, sketchers, and anyone interested in the Urban Sketching phenomenon.
Designing the Sustainable Site: Integrated Design Strategies for Small Scale Sites and Residential Landscapes
by Heather Venhaus
“Going green” is no longer a choice; it’s a necessity. Developed landscapes have played a significant role in exacerbating the environmental and social problems that threaten humanity; however, they can also be part of the solution. Designing the Sustainable Site: Integrated Design Strategies for Small-Scale Sites and Residential Landscapes gives site designers and landscape architects the tools and information they need to become a driving force in the quest for sustainability.
Advocating a regenerative design approach in which built landscapes sustain and restore vital ecological functions, this book guides readers through a design process for new and redeveloped sites that not only minimizes damage to the environment but also actively helps to repair it. Designing the Sustainable Site:
- Assists designers in identifying and incorporating sustainable practices that have the greatest positive impact on both the project and the surrounding community, within a regional context
- Uses photographs, sketches, and case studies to provide a comprehensive look at successful green landscape design
- Illustrates how sustainable practices are relevant and applicable to projects of any size or budget
- Demonstrates how built environments can protect and restore ecosystem services
- Explains the multiple and far-reaching benefits that sustainable design solutions can provide
- Assists project teams in fulfilling credit requirements of green building assessment tools, such as LEED, BREEAM, or SITES
With attention to six global environmental challenges—including air pollution, urban flooding and water pollution, water shortages, invasive species, and loss of biodiversity—along with guidance on how to meet these challenges, Designing the Sustainable Site is a practical design manual for sustainable alternatives to small-scale site and residential landscape design.
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