You may have seen some of your friends and/or family pass an evening knitting, or you know someone who doodles all the time. Both are a form of design, stimulation for a busy brain, something to occupy the time. For me, I like to design fictitious city plans, which are usually based off an existing city design. Any artist that has been designing for a while can picture specific signature design motifs in their mind. Examples: if an artist was asked to depict a grouping of the Three Graces, they’d probably represent the two end Graces facing the viewer, while the middle figure is rendered with its backside to the observer. Here are three examples.
Urban designers use a similar technique, a recall of specific recognizable urban design moves. Again, three examples…
These Urban Design Exercises are a takeoff of the The Plan Game, which I wrote about in an earlier blog. I typically will choose an urban figure/ground and commence by printing the plan out and then sketching out my ideas in 2D.
I’ll then import both the existing figure/ground and the sketches into 3D CAD software (I typically use SketchUp) and will begin to design a 3D version from my sketches.
Shown below are seven urban designs exercises. I’ll begin by showing the existing figure/ground I worked from, and then the final 3d schemes.
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