How architects visualize examines an architect’s creative process from the first idea to the finished design. The author, Tom Porter, analyses the basic components of drawing, perspective and colour. The topics deal with the history of spatial representation, sensations of space, the spatial elements, the spatial codes, and simulating real space. There’s also a bibliography for further reading and a well-constructed index.
How architects visualize present 24 projects intended as lessons in a fuller vision. The focus of the book is not on educating architectural students how to draw, but rather, to illuminate the complex relationship between the spatial imagination, visual representation and the bodily experience of form and space. The book is richly illustrated with black-and-white photographs and drawings.
Architecture… is concerned with the physical articulation of space; the amount and shape of the void contained and generated by buildings being as material a part of its existence as the substance of its fabric.
— Tom Porter, Introduction. In: How architects visualize (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1979) , p. vii.
The copy in stock is in good condition for its age. The dust jacket shows some shelf wear, but the pages are clean and tidy except for their slight yellowing. The front endpaper and the flyleaf have an ex libris and an inscription that add to the value of this intriguing volume.