Architectural Graphics presents the essential drawing tools, principles, and techniques designers use to communicate architectural ideas. In this Fourth Edition, Francis D.K. Ching expands upon the wealth of illustrations and instruction that have made this book a classic and expertly guides readers through the subtleties of translating architectural ideas into effective visual representations. In this up-to-date edition, Ching presents ways to use his unparalleled approaches on the computer. Clearly and beautifully, Architectural Graphics, Fourth Edition presents the complexity of architectural concepts in an intuitive graphic manner that benefits the professional and enthusiast alike.
|Publisher:||Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||8.49(w) x 10.97(h) x 0.43(d)|
About the Author
FRANCIS D.K. CHING is one of the leading authorities on architectural design drawing around the world. His numerous bestselling works have been translated into over seventeen languages and are regarded as classics for their renowned graphic presentation. He is a registered architect and Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Are you an architectural digital designer? If you are, then this book is for you. Author Francis D. K. Ching, has done an outstanding job of writing a 6th edition of a book that is unique in its use of digital media to convey and clarify the essential principles of graphic communication. Author Ching, begins by introducing the pencils and pens that are necessary for inscribing lines, the instruments available for guiding the eye and hand, while drawing, and the surfaces suitable for receiving the drawn lines. In addition, he describes the techniques and pointers for drafting lines, constructing geometric figures and shapes, and performing such operations as subdividing a given length into a number of equal parts. The author, also presents three major drawing systems (multiview, paraline, and perspective drawings), the principles behind their construction, and their resulting pictorial characteristics. Then, he continues by showing you how multiview drawings comprise the drawing types we know as plans, elevations and sections. The author then gets you up to speed regarding how paraline drawings include a subset of orthographic projections known as axonometric projections (the isometric, diametric, and trimetric projections); as well as, the entire class of oblique projections. Next, he describes how linear perspective drawings offer scenes of an optical reality: How a construction or environment might appear to the eye of an observer looking in a specific direction from a particular vantage point in space. In addition, the author focuses on the principles that regulate how well a composition of lines and shapes conveys the illusion of a three-dimensional construction or spatial environment on a two-dimensional surface, be it a sheet of paper, and illustration board, or a computer monitor. He also shows you why it's important to render the context in the drawing of a design proposal. Then, the author continues by showing you why architectural presentation drawings should communicate as clearly and accurately as possible, the three-dimensional qualities of a design. Finally, he explains that drawing with a free hand holding a pen or pencil, remains the most intuitive means we have for graphically recording observations, thoughts and experiences. This excellent book introduces the essential tools and techniques of drawing and drafting. Also, this great book demonstrates techniques for creating tonal values and develops strategies for enhancing the pictorial depth of architectural drawings and conveying the illumination of spatial environments.