Freehand drawing for understanding and imagining urban space in design education


Bradecki, Tomasz ; Stangel, Michał


Architects and urban designers use freehand drawings as an important mean for observing, understanding, and envision-ing urban space. Despite advancements in computer techniques, freehand drawing remains a quick, efficient and handy toolfor urban design. Drawing the city is a broad subject, which covers several aspects of urban design: from analyses of theurban structure and morphology of urban spaces, visualizing ideas through diagrams and schematics, to producing artistimpressions of the desired look and feeling of the designed spaces. Elements of freehand drawing, when adequately usedtogether with photography and computer techniques, can produce meaningful representation of urban regeneration strate-gies, in paired images showing specific places “before and after”. While computer generated visualizations have became acommonly used, standard way of representing architectural and urban design projects, they are often too defined and tooexplicit. Freehand drawing on the other hand has the advantage of being less defined, more ideogramatic and impression-ist, which gives the designer more flexible means for exploring various design aspects and possibilities. This paper presentsexperiences in urban design drawing from authors own design and academic experiences, with a particular focus on recentexperiences from working as tutors in an international and multicultural environment within the intensive summer pro-gram “Let’s Exchange HERitage of Our CULture – Drawing as Communication Tool of Students of architecture/engineersfrom European UniversitiES – HERCULES”


urban design ; sustainable urbanism ; freehand drawing ; diagram ; masteprlan ; sketch





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„Dorobek” Database


ACEE. Architecture Civil Engineering Environment. 2014 vol. 7 no. 2, s. 5-14




Faculty of Architecture. Silesian University of Technology


CC BY 3.0.