The Mash Up…

March 13, 2024


First Week Back | Desktop Site Studies

This week was my first week back in another teaching semester.

This trimester I’m teaching first, second and third year design studios, a first year communications subject and a third year construction subject. It’s a lot!!

While we all started fresh and full of vitality, it was a big week. We will all have to pace ourselves to stay consistent over the trimester.

As with most design studios, both my second and third year students were thrown into various site analysis and desktop studies.

There is so much to site analysis, especially as a desktop study, where you are unable or haven’t yet visited the site itself. It is a big topic.

When you don’t understand where to start, it can be overwhelming. However, much of the groundwork for your design occurs in the early stages of site analysis, data gathering and research.

What’s New This Week | Mastering Topography!

This week, I’ve pulled out one aspect of understanding the site and site analysis – topography, contours and site levels.

It’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while and see student struggle with across multiple year levels.

From understanding topography and contours to interpreting site surveys, I cover all the concepts you need to know to effectively understand your site levels and begin to make informed design decisions. I’ll provide you with step-by-step guidance on how to interpret topographic maps, identify key landforms, and assess potential site constraints – as well as develop your own topographic sections.

Here are 5 reasons why you won’t want to miss this week’s article…

  • Gain a deeper understanding of topography, contours, and levels in architectural design.
  • Learn practical tips and techniques for interpreting topographic maps and site surveys.
  • Discover new tools and resources to enhance your site analysis process.
  • Explore examples and case studies to illustrate key concepts.
  • Enhance your architectural design skills by learning how to effectively integrate topography, contours, and levels into your projects.

READ the full Article here >

In Case You Missed It…

In case you missed it, I’ve recently published video and podcast versions of two of my recent articles:

If you haven’t had a chance to check them out yet, now’s the perfect time to dive in and explore valuable insights and recommendations in a visual format.

WATCH more Videos here >

Your Site Analysis Checklist

As a special bonus for being part of our community, I’m thrilled to offer you a complimentary Site Analysis Checklist. This comprehensive tool will guide you through the essential steps of analyzing a site effectively, helping you identify key features and make informed design decisions.

Simply click here to download your free Site Analysis Checklist now and take your architectural projects to the next level!

Don’t miss out on this valuable resource—it’s your ticket to creating designs that harmonize seamlessly with the natural landscape and enhance the user experience.

If you’re back at uni for a new semester, I hope it’s going well…

Until next time…

…Liz at ArchiMash

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